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These websites external to the Library of Congress celebrate the history of the Peace Corps, offering rich visuals, timelines, documents, and records.

Peace Corps Digital Library
Historic materials, including photos and stories of volunteers and staff; brochures, posters, and newsletters; speeches, letters, and essays; press briefings; and congressional reports and legislation.

The Peace Corps Library (external link)
A collection of annual reports, newsletters, and country-specific updates dating back to 1961.

History of the Peace Corps: A Collection of Primary Source Documents and RPCV Histories (external link)
Includes annual reports, newsletters, and country-specific material since 1961.

Peace Corps Origins and History from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (external link)
Executive Order, signing statement, speeches, and video of Kennedy introducing the Peace Corps.

Records of the Peace Corps from the National Archives
Bibliographic information for Peace Corps records from 1961 to 1991.

Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Collection at the National Museum of American History
The Peace Corps is assembling artifacts of historical significance which will be submitted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for possible inclusion in their Political History Collection, and is  asking for help from returned Volunteers, former staff, and all of Peace Corps friends.

Peace Corps Journals (external link)
The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries has uploaded 87 oral history interviews featuring individuals associated with the Peace Corps with connections to Kentucky. Interviewees served in the Peace Corps from its inception in 1961 to the present. Volunteers discuss their experiences before, during, and after Peace Corps including their motivations for joining, the application process, training, living situations, difficulties, the job, relationships, coming home, and their impact on the host country and on their own lives.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project (external link)
An online archive of first-hand Peace Corps stories, blogs, and postings told by over 10,000 volunteers

Sargent Shriver Papers from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (external link)
Personal and professional papers relating to Shriver’s work as the first director of the Peace Corps.