Director Aaron S. Williams is pleased to announce the launch of Peace Corpsâ€™ Digital Library â€“ a searchable collection of electronic Peace Corps materials from 1961 to the present â€“ and invites current and returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) to share their unique service experiences through firsthand narratives and personal photos.
As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary in 2011, the Digital Library is a living collection that represents the agencyâ€™s legacy of public service. Since 1961, nearly 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. The digital library can be accessed at http://collection.peacecorps.gov.
â€œThe Peace Corps has always been an agency rooted in shared experiences â€“ the volunteers share their perspective and expertise while our host-country communities share their languages, friendship and culture,â€? said Director Williams. â€œThis unique collection will educate and inspire the next generation of volunteers. I look forward to watching the collection grow in scope and depth as the nearly 200,000 Americans who have served with the Peace Corps share their photos and stories.â€?
Current volunteers and RPCVs can contribute up to five photos and one story to the Digital Library via online submission forms. The Digital Library is searchable through several built-in features. Visitors can either browse the Digital Libraryâ€™s individual collections or search by keyword, the host country name, or a specific period of time. The individual collections include press briefings; congressional reports and legislation; posters and graphics; speeches essays and letters; newsletters; volunteer stories; volunteer photos; brochures; and agency photos.