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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

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

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Box OVRSZD 7],

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence from Carol Kaplan to Ann Moore, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence from Terri Kendall to Ann Moore, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence from Carolyn Moore Layton to Ann Moore, 1972Add to your cart.

3 brief letters from Carolyn Moore Layton, Jim Jones's lover and mother of his son, Jim-Jon (Kimo). The correspondence, all sent in 1972, mostly implores Ann to read the letters Carolyn has written to their parents, John and Barbara Moore. However, Carolyn also writes briefly of life within Peoples Temple and criticizes U.S. society and capitalism. The latter two letters also pass along kind regards from Patricia Cartmell, whose brother Michael Cartmell later married Jim Jones' daughter, Suzanne.

Birthday card, n.d. [May 1972?]

Letter of 29 August 1972

Letter of 22 September 1972

Folder 4: Correspondence from Debbie Layton to Ann Moore, 1969-1970Add to your cart.

15 letters from Deborah Layton, sister of Carolyn Moore Layton's first husband, Larry. The letters, occasionally addressed to both "Ampsterdam" and "Becky" (Rebecca Moore), are often quite long, detailing Debbie's teenage struggles, holiday plans, babysitting jobs, various crushes and their zodiac signs, frustration with her parents, and travels across Europe. The letters span in date from 1969 to 1970, just a year before Deborah joined Peoples Temple.

Letter of 14 February 1969

Letter of 10 April 1969

Letter of 28 April 1969

Letter of 26 May 1969

Letter of 11 June 1969

Letter of 25 June 1969

Letter of 7 July 1969

Letter of 5 August 1969

Letter of August 1969

Letter of 9 November 1969

Letter of 22 January 1970

Letter of 29 January 1970

Letter of 7 April 1970

Letter of 10 June 1970

Letter of 13 November 1969

Folder 5: Correspondence from Sandra Lo to Ann Moore, 1967-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence from Jody Matloff to Ann Moore, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence from Iris Mishaeli to Ann Moore, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence from Ann Moore to Patrick Clary, 1969-1972Add to your cart.

7 letters from Ann to brother-in-law Patrick Clary from 1969 to 1972. Ann offers words of encouragement about Pat's time in the army, accounts of her time in school, a trip to Berkeley with Becky to visit Debbie Layton, and commentary on Peoples Temple (which she joined in 1972). Namely, she writes about the disconnect between capitalism and Christianity, Jim Jones's faith healing, humanitarianism, and "justice for all."

Letter of 22 April 1969

Letter of 30 April 1972

Letter of 25 September 1972

Letter, n.d. [1968-1970?]

Letter, n.d. [1968-1970?]

Letter, n.d. [1968-1970?]

Letter, n.d. [1968-1970?]

Folder 9: Correspondence from Ann Moore to Patrick and Rebecca (Moore) Clary, 1970-1972Add to your cart.

17 letters and cards to sister Rebecca and brother-in-law Pat Clary. The correspondence, sent between 1970 and 1972, details Ann's daily life. She touches on food poisoning, gossip about her classmates, tutoring jobs, boys, recycling, vinyl record recommendations, bass fiddle aspirations, her goals to become an occupational therapist, college applications, worries about the safety of Pat's motorcycle, the possibility of moving in with Becky and Pat, and her ultimate decision to instead move in with Carolyn and join Peoples Temple. She notes that she was "convinced" by Jim Jones "pull(ing) incurable cancers out of peoples' throats" and that she suspects her family believes that she is "brainwashed." "But," she writes, "I think I am a sensible person, and no one can tell me what to do." In her final letter from this time frame, she states that Peoples Temple is "real true Christianity" because of its emphasis on "truth and justice."

Letter of 21 December 1970

Letter of 7 April 1971

Letter of 8 September 1971

Letter of 27 September 1971

Letter of 25 October 1971

Letter of 30 October 1971

Card and letter, n.d. [November-December 1971?]

Letter of 26 December 1971

Letter of 31 January 1972

Letter of 5 May 1972

Letter, n.d. [spring 1972?]

Letter of 13 June 1972

Letter of 16 June 1972

Letter of 7 August 1972

Letter of 3 September 1972

Anniversary card of 19 October 1972

Letter, n.d. [1973?]

Folder 10: Correspondence from Ann Moore to Marian Covington, 1963-1977Add to your cart.

13 short letters and cards sent between 1963 and 1977 to Ann's maternal grandmother. Early letters mainly touch on school, holiday greetings, and gratitude for various birthday and Christmas gifts sent by Marian. Letter 10 is particularly notable. It is the only letter to Marian sent from Guyana, and Ann describes the scenery in great detail, noting her singular experience with a friendly snake, the lack of light pollution resulting in spectacular night views, the medical uses of papaya skin, and affection for Jim-Jon.

Card of 4 January 1963

Card of 17 February 1969

Letter of 12 October 1969

Card of 26 December 1969

Card of 31 May 1970

Letter of 17 May 1971

Card, n.d. [1960s?]

Card, n.d., signed by Carolyn and Ann

Letter, n.d. [1966-1968?]

Letter [late 1977]

Card, n.d. [1971-1973?]

Letter, n.d. [1971-1972?]

Card, n.d. [1973-1974?]

Folder 11: Correspondence from Ann Moore to John and Barbara Moore, 1962-1976Add to your cart.

39 cards, postcards, and letters sent between 1962 and 1976. The first four items are cards and postcards from 1962 to 1965, and briefly touch on Ann's time at summer camp, with the rest of the letters being written between 1971 and 1976. She describes her tentative schedule at Santa Rosa Junior College (and later on, her grades and experience in the nursing program) and gives updates on various members of the church, including but not limited to Patricia Cartmell, Larry and Karen Layton, Larry Schact (who was "healed" by Jones), Linda and Liane Amos, and Carolyn. Notable in this folder is letter 12, in which Ann calls Jim Jones "the most selfless person I have ever known" and implores her parents not to tell anyone about his involvement with Carolyn Moore. After this letter, she is more open about her adoration of Jones's faith healing and the ethos of Peoples Temple. She describes the members' willingness to "sacrifice (themselves) for true brotherhood" and writes often of the "trials ahead," although she is confident of the church's righteousness and ability to change the world. She is especially concerned with using her time to do the most good, noting that she "still love(s) music, but you wouldn't give a starving man a picture or a sick man a violin."

Card, n.d. [early 1960s?]

Postcard of 27 August 1962

Postcard of 11 June 1965

Postcard of 24 June 1965

Letter of 20 August 1971

Letter of 13 January 1972

Letter of 2 November 1972

Letter of 26 November 1972

Postcard of 1 December 1972

Letter of 7 December 1972

Letter of 10 December 1972

Card of 22 December 1972

Letter of 2 January 1973

Letter, n.d. [1973?]

Letter of 21 January 1973

Letter of 24 January 1973

Letter of 6 February 1973

Letter, n.d. [1973?]

Letter, n.d. [1973?]

Letter of 16 February 1973

Letter of 2 April 1973

Letter of 6 April 1973

Mothers' Day Card, n.d. [1973?]

Letter of 23 May 1973

Letter of 26 July 1973

Letter of 14 August 1973

Letter of 29 August 1973

Letter of 17 October 1973

Letter of 11 December 1973

Letter of 13 February 1974

Letter of 5 April 1974

Letter of 8 May 1974

Letter of 30 May 1974

Letter of 31 March 1976

Birthday card for Barbara Moore, n.d. [1972-1976?]

Letter, n.d. [1972-1976?]

Postcard, n.d. [1971-1975?]

Letter, n.d. [1973-1976?]

Letter, n.d. [1972-1976?]

Folder 12: Correspondence from Ann Moore to John and Barbara Moore, 1976-1978Add to your cart.

29 letters written from Ann to her parents, John and Barbara, between 1976 and late October of 1978. Correspondence is occasionally annotated by Rebecca Moore, whose notes provide dates (sometimes approximate, sometimes exact) and a categorization system -- for example, letters are labeled "A-1", "A-4", etc. In her letters, Ann writes at length about life in Guyana, describing her various medical and agricultural jobs, the culture of Guyana, and other general updates. She speaks highly of the church, doctor Laurence "Larry" Schact, Jim Jones, and Guyana as a whole. She provides her parents with updates on Jim-Jon "Kimo" Prokes, son of Carolyn Moore and Jim Jones. Additionally, Ann hints at "chaos" starting in August 1977, blaming the unrest on reporters "attacking" the church for political reasons. In the final letter, Ann ends with "please don't believe anything Debbie (Layton) tells you. She was always a pathological liar."

Letter of Summer or May 1977 (A-10)

Letter of 27 January 1977 (A-4)

Letter of 27 January 1977 (A-4)

Letter of 13 December 1976 (A-3)

Letter of 3 May 1977 (A-5)

Letter of 11 August 1977 (A-6)

Letter of 11 August 1977 (A-6)

Letter of 11 August 1977 (A-6)

Letter of 24 October 1977 (A-7)

Letter of 24 October 1977 (A-7)

Letter of 26 October 1977 (C-7) [written and signed by Carolyn]

Letter of October 1977 (C-6)

Letter of October 1977 (A-7)

Letter of 6 December 1977 (A-8)

Letter of 6 December 1977 (A-8)

Letter of around November - December 1977 (A-9)

Letter of around November - December 1977 (A-9)

Letter, n.d. ("probably 1977") (A-1)

Letter, n.d. ("probably 1977") (A-1)

Letter from "after arrival in Georgetown 1977" (A-10)

Letter of March - April 1978 (A-11)

Letter of 24 July 1978 (A-12)

Letter of 21 August 1978 (A-13)

Letter of 4 October 1978 (A-13 1/2)

Letter of October 1977 (C-6)

Postcard, n.d. [from Guyana] (A-2)

Postcard, n.d. [from Guyana] (A-2)

Letter, n.d. [fragment and not written by Ann]

Letter of 25 October 1978 (A-14)

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