The Peace Corps Community Archive collects, exhibits, and provides educational and public programs that document the experiences and impact of individuals who served in the Peace Corps and of individuals and institutions in host countries. The goals of the Peace Corps Community Archive will:
- Align programming with educational missions and research agendas of American University.
- Increase awareness of the history of the Peace Corps.
- Create a directory of Peace Corps-related collections.
The Peace Corps Community Archives will collect, preserve and make available materials:
- Created and acquired by RPCVs during their service such as correspondence, diaries, film, photographs, reports, scrapbooks, and sound recordings (no limitations on format, date of service, or country).
- Organizational records of National Peace Corps Association member groups
- Oral histories and memoirs of RPCVs and host country nationals
When used in conjunction with the Records of the Peace Corps (Record Group 490) at the National Archives and RPCV collections at other institutions, researchers will be able to illustrate the work and the impact of the Peace Corps in particular the roles and experiences of RPCVs.
The current collection is primarily composed of materials donated to the library from Peace Corps Affinity groups Friends of Colombia and Friends of Nigeria. The archived materials offer a one of a kind look at the Peace Corps from the eyes of the first volunteers to answer John F. Kennedy’s call to service. To find out more please visit Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the AU library or write University Archivist Susan McElrath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For examples of the Peace Corps Community Archive Collection, please see our blog: