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Ann Elizabeth Moore Papers, 1956-1978 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Ann Elizabeth Moore Papers, 1956-1978Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Moore, Ann Elizabeth (1954-1978)

Extent: 3.63 Linear Feet

Arrangement: All materials are organized alphabetically by document type, with correspondence further organized chronologically within its folders.

Date Acquired: 06/07/2015

Subjects: Adolescence--California, Jones, Jim, 1931-1978, Jonestown (Guyana), Peoples Temple--History--Sources, Teenage girls--California

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ann Elizabeth Moore Papers (1954-1978) consist of correspondence, schoolwork, photographs, artwork and memorabilia. All materials are organized alphabetically by document type, with correspondence further organized chronologically within its folders. The largest amount of material is correspondence, and within that category most letters are written to Ann from her friends. The earliest letters date from when Ann was only eight years old, and most correspondence continues until after her high school graduation, making the letters exceptionally noteworthy as a window into Ann’s girlhood and adolescence. Her friends wrote to her about boys, school, music, and other topics. Letters written from Ann to her parents after she immigrated to Guyana in 1976 as part of the Peoples Temple community in Jonestown are especially significant. Ann’s schoolwork spans her years at Davis Junior High School and Davis Senior High School. One of her school reports, about the 1960s pop musician Donovan, is particularly notable not only for its contents but also for the detailed marginalia that Ann drew. The collection contains a significant amount of Ann’s artwork, including small books she assembled and illustrated as well as her sketches and drawings.

Biographical Note

Ann Elizabeth Moore was born on May 12, 1954 to parents John and Barbara Moore. She spent much of her adolescence in San Francisco and Davis, California. She had two older sisters - Carolyn and Rebecca - and her father served as a minister in the United Methodist Church. She lived with her sister Rebecca and her husband Patrick Clary in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 1971 and she volunteered her time at the Children’s Hospital of the District of Columbia. After graduating high school in 1972, Ann moved to Redwood Valley to live with her other sister, Carolyn, and work in the Peoples Temple church. Ann attended Santa Rosa Junior College and earned a degree in nursing in 1975. In the years to follow, Ann gradually became more involved with Peoples Temple, becoming a member of Jim Jones’ inner circle. She moved with the group to Jonestown, in Guyana, in 1976 where she helped to develop the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project. Ann and her sister Carolyn died in the tragedy at Jonestown on November 18, 1978.

Subject/Index Terms

Adolescence--California
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978
Jonestown (Guyana)
Peoples Temple--History--Sources
Teenage girls--California

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Rebecca Moore and Fielding M. McGehee III

Related Materials:

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown and Peoples Temple, sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University.

Peoples Temple Collection, 1972-1990

Rebecca Moore Papers, 1951-2013

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Ann Elizabeth Moore Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence from Elizabeth Bartsch to Ann Moore, 1965-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence from Susan Callaway to Ann Moore, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence from Patrick Clary to Ann Moore, 1968-1972Add to your cart.

20 letters, postcards, and cards from Patrick Clary, first husband of Rebecca Moore and brother-in-law to Ann Moore. The correspondence spans from 1968 to 1972 and details Pat's time in the military and immediately following. Earlier letters describe Pat's training in San Antonio, Texas, and then his life in Washington, D.C., where he attended Georgetown University. Correspondence is arranged by date, with letters at the end of the folder being un-dated but written while Patrick was in Vietnam.

Postcard of 20 November 1968

Letter of 17 December 1968

Letter of 31 January 1969

Letter of 24 February 1969

Mother's Day Card, 28 April 1969

Letter of 6 February 1971

Letter of 2 April 1971

Letter of 3 June 1971

Letter of 28 October 1971

Letter of 18 May 1972

Letter of 19 September 1972

Letter of 7 May [1974?]

Letter, n.d. [while in Vietnam; 1970?]

Letter of 20 April [1968-1969?] [while in San Antonio, Texas]

Letter, n.d. [while in Vietnam?]

Letter of 5 October [1969?] [in Vietnam]

Letter, n.d. [while in San Antonio, Texas; 1968-1969?]

Letter, n.d. [while in Vietnam; 1969-1970?]

Letter, n.d. [while in Vietnam; 1969-1970?]

Letter, n.d. [while in Washington, D.C., 1971-1972?]

Folder 4: Correspondence from Marian Covington to Ann Moore, 1966-1973Add to your cart.

14 holiday cards and letters from Marian Covington, Ann Moore's maternal grandmother, sent between 1966 and 1973. Themes include vacation plans, birthday and Valentine's wishes, encouragement and praise regarding school projects, and other light topics for "dearest Annie," who was between age 12 and 19 at the time.

Letter of 13 July 1966

Postcard of 29 August 1966

Letter of 11 April 1969

Card of [April?] 1969

Card of 10 November 1969

Card of 25 November 1969

Card of 7 January 1970

Card of 15 March 1972

Card and letter of 9 May 1972

Card of  7 July 1972

Letter of 18 September 1972

Card of 12 February 1973

Letter, n.d. [1973?]

Letter of 26 February [1973?]

Folder 5: Correspondence from Erica Crosby to Ann Moore, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence from Roxanne Goddard to Ann Moore, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence from Jeanne Jasper to Ann Moore, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence from Carol Kaplan to Ann Moore, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence from Carol Kaplan to Ann Moore, 1967-1968Add to your cart.

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