Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Digital Library
- In 2009 the National Peace Corps Office created a very interesting special web library site of Peace Corps newsletters, brochures, speeches, Congressional reports, legislation, posters, graphics, plus Volunteer photographs and stories about their service overseas.
- RPCVs can submit stories and photos to this site using the guidelines posted.
- All items in the Library are downloadable and available for public use at: http://collection.peacecorps.gov/index.php
National Archives & Records Administration, Peace Corps
- The National Archives is the official depository of all government records for all agencies.
- Search for Peace Corps, then Dominican Republic.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Peace Corps Collection
- The Kennedy Library has a RPCV collection that includes some articles, photographs, reports, and JFK papers about the DR and the Peace Corps programs.
- While the total number of submissions is not large, especially from the Dominican Republic, RPCVs are invited to donate papers and photos to expand the collection.
- The web listings describe each item and source, but not the content.
- Historians and the public can visit the Library to personally see the original documents in Boston, MA.
- No plans currently exist at the Library for scanning the documents and photos for Internet access.
Watch part of the Peace Corps documentary "The American Idealist" about R. Sargent Shriver Jr.
He created the new Peace Corps program at the request of the newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy and with the help of Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and others.
He served as the first Peace Corps Director from March 22, 1961, until succeeded by DR friend Jack Vaughn on February 28, 1966, when Sarg took on Johnson’s War on Poverty.
A truly remarkable man, Sarge Shriver is a role model to all. And for many RPCVs and former staff, he was our boss.
You can watch Shriver's story on your computer at: http://www.morepeacecorps.org/about/peace_corps_history?
If you want to see the entire documentary, request a DVD loan from your local public library.
Search the National Archives Web Site: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/490.html