As we approach the 50th Anniversary of The Peace Corps, the RPCV Archival Project has begun a renewed effort to seek out those who were the pioneers of the Peace Corps, volunteers from the 1960s. Year by year we are losing that cohort and their unique stories of volunteer service. The Project hopes to add 3000 1960s interviews to the National Archives at the John F. Kennedy Library in the RPCV Collection before the anniversary year; that would be about 10% of those who served during that period.
The RPCV Archival Project is an informal network of RPCVs who work to preserve Peace Corps’ legacy by conducting oral history interviews of those who have served as PCVs. In the five years of its existence, more than 40 RPCV interviewers have completed approximately 300 interviews.
See the JFK Library website for details.
The Project’s basic resource is, and will continue to be, the unpaid voluntary efforts of those RPCVs who’ve participated, in cooperation with NPCA Affiliate groups.
We need people to volunteer to participate by becoming interviewers; a commitment of 3 hours a month during 2007 could add 12 more RPCV stories to the Collection. The Project provides training and orientation through an operational guide; once started, participants work directly with the RPCV Archivist at the Kennedy Library.
To learn more and to get involved, please contact:
RPCV Archival Project Organizer
699 W Magee Rd
Tucson AZ 85704
tel. (520) 797-4485
For more info on the interview process, look at the Project Guide.