What We Do

The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Archives Project

Preserving Peace Corps History

The mission of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Archives Project is to preserve the Peace Corps experience since its inception through in-depth oral interviews of returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and staff.

 

Interviews are conducted by volunteer RCPVs and archived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its inception in 1999 by Robert Klein (Ghana I, 1961-1963) over 610 interviews have been recorded and archived.

 

In the words of founder Klein:

 

We believe that the history of the Peace Corps lies within the unique experience of each Peace Corps Volunteer. Thus, the goal of the Project is to build up a comprehensive collection of firsthand narratives by those who have served. These interviews epitomize the special character of Peace Corps service --- we are part of the Peace Corps project but we serve as individuals. (Robert Klein in “Archival Project,” October 11, 2011)

 

Over 520 interviews were recorded on audiocassette tapes and are indexed in the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection. Beginning in 2015 interviews are recorded digitally and can be accessed online.

 

Visit the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

 

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