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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 27, Virtual item 26, Q1023- San Francisco sermon

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_27.26


  • Digitized: Late 1973/Early 1974


Summary Note

This tape of a Peoples Temple service takes place in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Jim Jones’ address to the congregation includes many elements found in other tapes from the period – descriptions of healings he has performed, criticism of the Bible balanced against evocations of biblical scripture to reinforce his points, and requests for offerings, among others – but there are also singular aspects to the service as well. At one point, Jones opens the floor for a question-and-answer session about the church and its beliefs, something rarely done; at another point, he asks visitors to stand and identify themselves and give their church affiliation, if any, a way of introduction which he says they have never done before. The service includes other familiar aspects as well, including testimonials to Jones’ healing powers and charity, and singing (which is cut off). Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

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

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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