The Peace Corps Digital Library collects and displays images and stories from Peace Corps staff and volunteers. It’s a great place to begin if you are interested in learning about or conducting research on the organization’s history and work around the world.
From the main page, it is easy to browse the collection for photos and stories from the agency, staff and volunteers. Also included in the digital collection, are technical and training materials, brochures, graphics, and volunteer and agency documents. Peace Corps Digital Library offers similar materials to those in the Peace Corps Community Archive, but also differs in several ways.
Differences between PCCA and the Peace Corps Digital Library
PCCA accepts only materials from returned volunteers. At this time, PCCA does not collect materials from former Peace Corps staff. The collection includes original materials—diaries, notebooks, training materials, slides, video, images, and sound recordings—created during volunteers’ training and service abroad. Although it isn’t possible to search at the item level, it is possible to search collections using the online catalog. The search feature allows researchers to identify collections containing specific types of items using key terms and categories.
The Peace Corps Digital Library only accepts materials in digital format and is completely online. Having the content online enables users to search key terms, dates, types of materials, creator, and subject, which makes it easier to locate specific images or documents. PCCA’s collection level approach facilitates establishing context and drawing conclusions about the Peace Corps experience.
Peace Corps Digital Library also differs from the PCCA because it includes a “story” component where volunteers and staff contribute stories about their Peace Corps experiences. Volunteers and staff may write and submit one story in 1,500 words or less to be published in the digital library. The PCCA collects volunteers’ stories, conveyed through archival documents, as well as unpublished memoirs but not individual stories.
For more information on contributing, or to browse items in the Peace Corps Digital Library visit their site. If you have more than a single story or image to share with the public, consider donating to the Peace Corps Community Archive.