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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 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence from Ann Moore to Rebecca Moore, 1968-1969Add to your cart.

4 short letters from Ann to her sister, Rebecca "Becky" Moore, sent between 1968 and 1969, during which time Rebecca was attending university at University of California Santa Cruz. The correspondence mainly deals with teenage infatuation and general updates about Ann's life in Davis.

Letter of 11 October 1968

Letter of 8 July 1969

Letter of 2 November 1968

Letter, n.d.

Folder 2: Correspondence from Ann Moore: General, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence from John and Barbara Moore to Ann Moore, 1963-1973Add to your cart.

27 letters and cards from John and Barbara Moore to their daughter, Ann, written between 1963 and 1973. The earliest letters are written to Ann at a Methodist summer camp near Mt. Shasta and provide general updates and affectionate regards. In 1971, Barbara writes similar letters to Rebecca, Patrick Clary, and Ann while Ann spends the summer in Washington, D.C. Later letters are sent to Ann in Santa Rosa, where she attended Junior College after joining Peoples Temple, and mostly describe daily Davis and Methodist church happenings.

Letter of 19 March 1963

Postcard of 22 June 1965

Card of 23 June 1965

Postcard of 24 June 1965

Letter of 18 July 1966

Letter of 8 August 1966

Postcard of 9 August 1966

Letter of 30 April 1968

Letter of 9 October 1969

Letter of 12 October [1969?]

Letter of 15 October 1969

Card of 16 February 1970

Letter of 2 March 1971

Letter of 11 July 1971

Letter of 13 July 1971

Letter of 16 July 1971

Letter of 19 July 1971

Letter of 23 August 1971

Letter of 20 July 1971

Letter of 22 July 1971

Letter of 16 August 1971

Graduation card, n.d.

Letter of 16 February 1973

Birthday card, n.d.

"School's out" card, n.d.

Letter, n.d. [1963-1966?]

Birthday card, n.d.

Folder 4: Correspondence from Rebecca Moore to Ann Moore, 1968-1972Add to your cart.

15 letters from Rebecca to Ann, often addressed to Debbie Layton as well. Rebecca writes about her time at UC Davis, her time with husband Patrick Clary, moving to Washington, D.C., Ann's prospective college education, and various records and albums, among other topics.

Card of 5 October 1968

Card of 18 October 1968

Letter of 24 January 1969

Letter of 19 July 1969

Card of [21?] January 1971

Letter of 7 April 1971

Letter of 21 October 1971

Letter of 31 December 1971 [postmarked 3 January 1972]

Letter of 17 January 1972

Letter of 7 March 1972

Letter of 9 May 1972

Letter of 13 June 1972

Letter of 17 June 1972

Letter, n.d. [1968-1969?]

Homemadecard, n.d.

Folder 5: Correspondence from Karen Pang to Ann Moore, 1966-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence from Karen Pang to Ann Moore, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence from Tim Parks to Ann Moore, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence from Gregory Peace to Ann Moore, 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence from People's Temple Members to Ann Moore, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence from Terry Ragland to Ann Moore, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence from Meryl Rappaport to Ann Moore, 1967-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence from Lynn Reisenauer to Ann Moore, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence from Alex Rush to Ann Moore, 1970Add to your cart.

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