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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 16, Virtual item 6, Q454-A, PT administrative service includes punishments and praises | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 16, Virtual item 6, Q454-A, PT administrative service includes punishments and praises

In this tape, Jim Jones alternately leads and referees a lengthy session that both offers praises and admonishes misdeeds – sometimes including the punishments themselves to the miscreants – of his Temple followers. While recorded in the Redwood Valley Temple, this tape is much more of an administrative meeting than a religious service. Nevertheless, the sanctuary is apparently packed with people.

The tape’s date is unknown, and few specific clues are available: Jones speaks of the Promised Land and of Guyanese dollars, which suggests that it was 1974 or later; and Grace Stoen is still a member of the church, which dates it before July 4, 1976.

The tape opens with Jones mediating a disagreement between Judy Merriam and Mary Wotherspoon, who worked in the same rest home in Ukiah and who lived communally in this same home. But the dispute is less important than Jones’ probe into Judy’s stated wish to have children (which, upon further consideration, she argues herself out of wanting), her continuing problems with her weight, and her paranoia.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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