Preserve and share your Peace Corps History at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives
at Stanford University
by Marian Haley Beil (Debre Berhan 1962–64)
Issayas Tesfamariam, of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University, has contacted me as president of Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs to inform the group that it is soliciting materials from individuals who were Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia and Eritrea during the 20th Century to add to their research collection. The Hoover is dedicated to documenting war, revolution, and peace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries . . . and supports a vibrant community of scholars and a broad public interested in the meaning and role of history.
Issayas has written:
Hoover has an impressive collection on Africa including materials from top down (officials, gov’t, etc.) to bottom up (reported by missionaries, etc.). We are continuing collecting more materials from the Horn of Africa region, hence the importance of your group Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers).
Individual materials in the possession of your group would be a great addition to our collection. The periods between 1960s and 1970s and the1990s are our priority.
The materials must be originals. The materials could be pictures, notes, postcards, posters, memorabilia, ephemera, pamphlets, correspondences and etc.
This is incredibly exciting opportunity to be invited to participate in this project. I hope many of you RPCVs will avail yourselves of this wonderful opportunity to contribute your history as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia and Eritrea to the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.
We offer our immeasurable thanks to the Hoover Institution Library and Archives for this invitation to participate in recording some of the history of a great institution – the Peace Corps.
For details on how to share your history, click donor-instructions to download a printable .pdf information sheet.