In September 1961, Congress passed Public Law 87-293 authorizing the Peace Corps. It was signed into law by then-president John F. Kennedy on September 22nd, although prior to this Congressional authorization he had established the Corps by Executive Order 10924 on March 1st.
Today Peace Corps volunteers are in over 70 countries, working with local people in areas of education, business and community development, technology, agriculture, youth outreach, health, and the environment. Learn more from the Peace Corps web site, which provides the quarterly Peace Corps Times newsletter, its mission, statistics (94% of volunteers have their bachelor’s degree), and application information for those considering volunteering. There also is an opportunity on Wed., Sept. 30th, to chat online with a returned volunteer and recruiter (preregistration required).
You also can find digital images and text (including the public law and executive order noted above) from the National Archives (search the Archival Research Catalog for “peace corps” (the “Digital Copies” button should be highlighted), and search HALCat (Andersen’s Library’s catalog) for the keyword phrase “peace corps” to find titles in our collection such as Crossing cultures with the Peace Corps: Peace Corps letters from the field (online), A life inspired: tales of Peace Corps service (2nd-floor Federal Documents collection, PE 1.2:L 62), and So, you want to join the Peace Corps–what to know before you go (3rd-floor Main Collection, HC60.5 .B34 2000).
Please ask a librarian for more assistance with finding materials.
The University Library is a federal depository with many federal, state, local, and international documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in print, microfiche, CD-ROM, and electronically. Come check out your government at the University Library!