The Peace Corps Community Archive is more than old documents and photos. In fact, the collection contains a few unexpected items.
Steve Bossi’s collection includes vibrant travel brochures, guidebooks, and maps of India in the 1960s. Guidebooks from Delhi and Agra include images and maps depicting the cities’ beautiful architecture and historic and religious sites. Each guidebook provides an historic overview of the city and its tourist attractions. The colorful maps reveal popular sites and accommodations, as well as industries, agriculture, infrastructure projects, and “handicrafts emporiums” found throughout the region.
Located amid the DeAntoni’s correspondence are Turkish greeting cards. Karen DeAntoni sent the cards to family members in the United States in 1965. The cards include embossed images and prints of engravings depicting Turkey’s culture and history.
Not only are these visually interesting, but they provide a new perspective of the places Peace Corps volunteers called home.