Monthly Archives: March 2013

Peace Corps Community Archive

On Thursday March 21st, University Librarian, Nancy Davenport, announced a new initiative, the Peace Corps Community Archive, to collect, preserve and make available materials that were created and acquired by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) during their service such as correspondence, diaries, film, photographs, reports, scrapbooks, and sound recordings. The archive will also collect organizational records of member groups of the National Peace Corps Association and oral histories and memoirs of RPCVs and host country nationals.  This initiative builds on materials held in American University Library Special Collections such as the records of the National Peace Corps Association and the archives of the Friends of Colombia and Friends of Nigeria which include information on and materials from RPCVs.  The purpose in developing the Peace Corps Community Archive is to support student and scholarly research, create exhibits, and provide educational and public programs that document the experiences and impact of individuals who served in the Peace Corps and illuminate peace diplomacy.