Category Archives: Libraries

Everett Eugene Jones in Micronesia, East Caroline Islands, & Truk

Country of Service: Micronesia, East Caroline Islands, & Truk
Service Type: School Teacher
Dates in Service: served two years in the early 1970s
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Health, Libraries, Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: May 7, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (located in small collections)

Document Types

  • Correspondence

Finding Aid

  1. Correspondence, July 13, 1971-October 23, 1971 
  2. Correspondence, November 8, 1971-February 21, 1972 

James (Jim) C. Todd in Colombia

Country of Service: Colombia
Service Project: Educational Television Utilization Volunteer
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords: Architecture, Business, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health, Information Technology, Libraries, Literacy, Urban Planning, Youth

Accession Date: April 16, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear foot (located in Friends of Colombia Boxes 62 & 63)

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Reports
  • Publications
  • Training Materials

Finding Aid

Box 62 

  1. Correspondence, January 4, 1964-May 26, 1964 
  2. Correspondence, June 3, 1964-December 30, 1964 
  3. Correspondence, January 6, 1965-December 8, 1965 
  4. Correspondence, February 1, 1966-December 1, 1966 
  5. Photographs: Peace Corps Education Television Project, 1963-1965 
  6. Publication: “El Grito!” June, 1964 
  7. Bound Report: “The First Year of Peace Corps Educational Television in Colombia,” January, 1965 

Box 63 

  1. Bound Reports: Numbers 3 and 8 (November, 1966), “The Peace Corps Volunteer and Achieving Educational Change with New Media” (August, 1969) 
  2. Field Utilization Reports, September 16, 1963-December 21, 1963 
  3. Paper Reports: April 1964-June 1972 
  4. Paper Report: “The Peace Corps Educational Television (ETV) Project in Colombia—Two Years of Research: Overview of Research Reports No. 1-10,” November 1966 
  5. Bound and paper reports: no date 
  6. Training Materials and Handwritten Notes 

Ruth Bednarz in Malaysia

Country of Service: Malaysia
Place of Service: Sandakan
Service Type: High School Teacher; Founding Member of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey
Dates in Service: 1973-1976
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Health, Library Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: April 16, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: .01 linear feet (located in small collections)

Document Types

  • Publications

Digital Links

  • Photograph of Ruth Bednarz in Malaysia (Courtesy of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey): https://rpcvnj.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/origins-of-the-returned-peace-corps-volunteers-of-new-jersey-rpcv-nj-nj-rpcvs-role-in-establishing-the-national-peace-corps-association-npca/ruth-bednarz/

Finding Aid

  1. Returned Peace Corps Publication: “RPCVoice” (1985); Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New Jersey Directory: 1986-1987 

Courtney & David Arnold in Ethiopia

Country of Service: Ethiopia
Place of Service: Asbe Teferi
Service Type: 8th-10th grade English, social studies, and math teacher (David Arnold); 7th & 8th grade English, 9th & 10th grade geography teacher (Courtney Arnold)
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Environment, Health, Information Technology, Libraries, Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: March 24, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (located in small collections)

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Publications
  • Film/Video

Digital Surrogates

Related Items in Other Repositories

Finding Aid

  1. Correspondence, 1988-1990 
  2. Publications (“Misconnections”) and Newspapers, 1985-1999 
  3. Working Papers, Pamphlets, and Programs: “Peace as Policy” 11th National Conference of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, July 20-22, 1990 
  4. VHS Cassette: “Third World Home Movie” 

Duane Karlen in Nepal

Country of Service: Nepal
Service Type: Secondary School Teacher, Science & Math (Also: Peace Corps Training Contractor, worked full-time in the field and at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. during the 1970s, 80s and 90s)
Dates in Service: 1970-1972
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Information Technology, Libraries, Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: February 17, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: .25 linear feet

Document Types

  • Reports
  • Publications
  • Training Materials

Related Items in Other Repositories

Finding Aid

  1. Publications, 1970 and 1971 (Magazines) 
  2. Report, 1982 (Management of Volunteer Training) 
  3. Training Materials, 1968-1997 (Handbooks for Volunteers and their Families) 

Karen Proffitt in Nigeria

Country of Service: Nigeria
Place of Service: Abiriba
Service Type: Secondary School Teacher, Enuda High School
Dates in Service: 1965-1967
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Information Technology, Libraries, Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: February 16, 2021
Access: no restrictions
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (located in small collections)

Document Types

  • Correspondence

Finding Aid

  1. Correspondence, May 13, 1965-October 13, 1965 
  2. Correspondence, October 17, 1965-May 31, 1966 
  3. Correspondence, June 2, 1966-April 22, 1967 

Peggy Schaeffer in Yemen

Country of Service: Yemen
Place of Service: Taizz
Service Type: Librarian
Dates in Service: 1977-1979
Keywords: Business, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health, Information Technology, Libraries, Literacy, Urban Planning, Youth

Accession Date: October 21, 2020
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear foot

Document Types:

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Reports

Related Items in Other Repositories

Finding Aid:

Box 1 

  1. Audio Cassette Tapes, “Letters from Yemen” 
  2. Correspondence, Aug. 1977-June 1978 
  3. Correspondence, July 1978-May 1, 1979 
  4. Correspondence, May 16, 1979-Oct. 1979 
  5. Index to Negatives, Slides, and Photographs 
  6. Negatives, Various Dates and Subjects 
  7. Photographs and Negatives, Dec. 1977-Jan. 1978 
  8. Photographs Set 4, Sana’a, January 1978 
  9. Photographs Set 5, Sana’a, January 1978  
  10. Photographs, June-Sept.1978 

Box 2 

  1. Photographs and Negatives, July-Sept. 1979 
  2. Photographs, no date (Yemen; Zabid, Mocha) 
  3. Publications, 1977-1979 (Diary, Trainee Assignment, Short Story, Map) 
  4. Slides Rolls 1, 2, 6, and 7; Nov. 1977-Dec.1978 
  5. Slides Rolls 8, 9, 10, and 11; April 1978-March 1979 
  6. Slides Rolls 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20; April 1979-November 1979 

Mary Dana Marks in Iran

Country of Service: Iran
Place of Service: Kerman
Service Type: English Teacher
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Libraries, Literacy, Youth

Accession Date: September 22, 2020
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: .5 linear feet

Document Types:

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications (Memoir & Cookbook)

Finding Aid

  1. Correspondence, 1962-1965 
    1. Postcards, letters with photographs, etc. 
  2. Correspondence, Sept. 1964-March 1965 
  3. Correspondence, April 1965-Jan. 1966 
  4. Correspondence, Dec. 1965-May 1966 
  5. Correspondence, July 1966-Aug. 1966 
  6. Correspondence, July 1971-Dec. 1971 
  7. Correspondence, Jan. 1972-June 1974 
  8. Memoir & Cookbook 
    1. Mary Dana Marks, Walled in Walled Out: A Young American Woman in Iran (Oakland: Peace Corps Writers, 2017). 
    2. Cookbook: Peace Corps, Iran (no publication information). 
  9. Photographs, 1965 

Gail Wadsworth in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania

Country of Service: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania
Service Type: Secondary Education, Librarian
Dates in Service: 1970-1972, 1973-1976, 1980-1982
Keywords: Education, Libraries

Accession Date: March 9, 2018
Access: No restrictions.
Collection Size: 4.0 linear feet

Document Types

Uganda
Photographs
Correspondence
Sound
Official Paperwork
Training Materials
Assignment
Articles
Travel brochures, maps, postcards

Kenya
Photographs
Correspondence
Official Paperwork
Assignment
Travel brochures, postcards

Tanzania
Photographs
Correspondence
Official Paperwork
Assignment
Travel postcards

Finding Aid

  1. Box 1 – Uganda
    1. Application Materials 
      1. Application # card 
      2. Application rcvd. Notification 
      3. Peace Corps booklet 
      4. Draft of volunteer application 
    2. Brochures & Postcards 
      1. Tourist brochures 
      2. postcards 
    3. Cassette of Gail speaking to parents 
      1. One cassette tape of Gail speaking to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth.  
      2. The tape contains Gail’s first impressions of Uganda and about Peace Corps training June-Sept, 1970 in Kampala, Tororo, Lake Victoria. It also includes descriptions of photos on two rolls of film Gail took during this time and sent to her parents to be processes. Listing of photos included. 
    4. Correspondence, 1969-1971 (1/2)
      1. (These letters written by Gail to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth.) 
      2. 3 letters: December 8, 1969 to January 1970 referring to Peace Corps availability date and application. 
      3. 104 letters: June 1970-Sept 1972
    5.  Correspondence, 1971-1972 (2/2)
    6. Newspaper Articles 
      1. Various articles about Uganda during this time period. 
    7. Official Paperwork 
        • Peace Corps ID card 
        • Passport 
    8. Photographs
      1. 49 photos taken during peace corps service in Uganda (many of the photos are prints of the slides included in the donation)  
    9. Post Evacuation Materials 
      1. Peace Corps Volunteers were evacuated from Uganda in Sept & Oct 1972. These items are post evacuation materials. Includes Description of Service. 
    10. School Stuff 
      1. Gail was a PCV English as a Second Language teacher at Tororo Girls’ School in Tororo, Uganda. She was also Adviser for the student publications “The Voice” (one copy included) and the literary magazine “Beyond These Gates” (2 copies included) and the students for two years – first in Form 2 (sophomores) and then in Form 3 (juniors). Class list included along with the East African certificate Exam results. 
      2. Three articles related to Tororo Girls’ School: 
        1. US 1A World Sept. 1986: Article with pictures of Gail and former Tororo Girls’ School student Annie Kakooza. Annie followed in Gail’s footsteps and became a qualified librarian. 
        2. Article with pictures of Tororo Girls’ School and students during Gail’s time teaching there. 
        3. Weatherford, Oklahoma article about former Peace Corps Volunteers Lucille and Henry Simmons who taught at Tororo Girls’ School with Gail in 1970. 
  2. Box 2 – Uganda
    1. Slides
      1. Photos and descriptions 
      2. Box of 91 Extrachrome slides 
      3. CD-Rom of digitized versions of the slides 
      4. Printout of descriptions of the individual slides 
    2. Training 
      1. Invitation to train, staging in Philadelphia, various items 
      2. Uganda Argus newspaper – May 22, 1972 – Article with photos of P.C. Training group on arrival in Uganda. Gail appears in two of the photos. 
    3. Training Materials/Newsletter 
      1. Items provided by P.C./Uganda to trainees during training in Uganda 1970. 10th Anniversary Volunteer newsletter distributed to Volunteers 1971. 
    4. Uganda Tourist Brochure Map
      1. Uganda tourist brochure map  
  3. Box 3 – Kenya 
    1. Brochures, Stamps, and Postcards 
      1. Tourist brochures and stamps and postcards 
    2. Correspondence, 1973 Kenya A (1/2) 
      1. 261 letters written by Gail to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth 1973-1976. Kenya A, 150 letters.
    3. Correspondence, 1974 Kenya A (2/2) 
    4. Correspondence, 1975-1976 Kenya B
      1. Kenya B, 111 letters.  
    5. Kenya Volunteers Documents
      1. Miscellaneous documents related to Peace Corps Kenya Volunteers and staff and specifically to Gail’s assignment as a librarian with the Kenya National Library services. Includes description of service.  
    6. Library Services 
      1. Miscellaneous documents regarding Kenya National Library Services, where Gail was posted as a Volunteer librarian, and Kenya Librarian Association and other libraries in Kenya. 
    7. Miscellaneous Documents 
    8. Official
      1. Passport
      2. Peace Corps Kenya ID Cards (2)
      3. Kenya Drivers License
      4. International Driving Permit
    9. Photographs 
      1. 60 photos 
    10. Slides and Photos 
      1. 70 Extrachrome Photographic Slides 
      2. CD-Rom of digital versions of the slides plus description document 
      3. Printed descriptions of the slides 

4. Box 4 – Tanzania 

  1. Correspondence, May-October, 1980 
    1. 129 letters from Gail to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth, 1980-82. Applying for and preparing for Tanzania PCV/UNV contract. 5 letters. 
  2. Correspondence, November 1980-April 1981 (1/2) 
    1. 129 letters from Gail to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth, 1980-1982. Tanzania, 11/1980 – 12/1981. 69 letters. 
  3. Correspondence, May-December, 1981 (2/2) 
  4. Correspondence, January-June, 1982 (1/2) 
    1. 129 letters from Gail to her parents, C. Morton and A. Jean Wadsworth, 1980-1982. Tanzania, 1/1982 – 11/1982. 
  5. Correspondence, July-December, 1982 (2/2) 
  6. Photographs 
    1. 39 photos 
  7. Postcards and Stamps 
  8. Official Documents 
    1. Miscellaneous documents 
    2. WHO International Certificate of Vaccination – yellow booklet 
    3. Passport 
    4. East African Management Institute ID Card 
    5. Tanzania Driving License (2 – class A – Class D) 
  9. Documents and Brochures, Arusha 
    1. Documents and brochures related to the Easterman Southern African Management Institute, Arusha where Gail was assigned as a PCV/UNV librarian. 
  10. Slides & CD 
    1. 113 Extrachrome Photographic slides 
    2. Printout of descriptions of slides 
    3. CD-Rom digital versions of slide photos  
  11. Miscellaneous Documents, PC & UN (1/2) 
    1. Miscellaneous documents related to Peace Corps/United Nations Volunteer assignment. Includes description of service. (Chronological order). 
  12. Miscellaneous Documents,  PC & UN (2/2) 

 

Elizabeth Krakauer: Determined Peace Corps Librarian

A selection of newspaper headlines from articles detailing Elizabeth Krakauer’s work in the Peace Corps.

Elizabeth Krakauer spent her retirement as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America with the Peace Corps. Krakauer completed three two-year enlistments, for a total of six years, starting in 1975. She spent five years in Colombia and one year in El Salvador. Krakauer’s Peace Corps service was non-traditional in both length of service and focus. After retiring as head librarian at Goddard College in Vermont, Krakauer utilized her skills in library science to organize and preserve rare book collections.

For the bulk of her service, Krakauer served as a Library Science Consultant organizing a rare book collection for the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She identified, cataloged, and gathered all rare books in the University’s library. She also made recommendations on the conservation and preservation of these books. Following this, she worked with the Colombo-American Institute (Bi-Cultural Center USICA) and the University to organize the first rare books exhibit in the country.

Krakauer’s exhibit was so successful that several libraries and agencies requested her assistance to compile a national inventory of rare books in private and public Colombian collections. Krakauer worked with a number of organizations including the Anthropological Museum, UNICEF, San Buenaventura University, Seminario Mayor de Bogota, and the University of Cauca in Popayan. She organized training programs for employees of these institutions.

With the support of the Colombo-American Institute (Bi-Cultural Center USICA), Krakauer organized a second exhibit of rare books featuring the collections of other Colombian Universities.  She joined the Colombian Library Association and worked as a library consultant. She subsequently published two catalogs about the rare book exhibits, wrote several articles, and made two videos on the preservation of rare books.

In 1976, the Secretary of Education of the Republic of El Salvador invited Krakauer to organize a National Library. She also attended the World Congress of Information Scientists in Mexico City in 1976.

Throughout her Peace Corps service, Elizabeth Krakauer helped build and preserve institutional holdings of rare books as well as assisted other Peace Corps Volunteers in constructing small libraries within their own communities.

 

For more information, please visit the Peace Corps Community Archive website. To use the collections or make a donation, please contact the AU Archives at archives [at] american.edu.