Photographs of Peace Corps Activities and Personnel (Contact Sheet File), 1961 - 1990

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Photographs of Peace Corps Activities and Personnel (Contact Sheet File), 1961 - 1990

Photographs of Peace Corps Activities and Personnel (Contact Sheet File), 1961 - 1990

For a history of the Peace Corps, see the description for Record Group 490, Series FC. Since the formation of the Peace Corps in 1961, its Photo Departments have endeavored to document the personnel and activities of the Peace Corps domestically and abroad. Photographs are taken and selected for their value in illustrating the mission of the Peace Corps for such purposes as in press releases, posters, brochures, Congressional liaison and for intra-agency slide shows and presentations. The contact sheets which comprise this series were produced by staff of the Photographic Division and by its contract photographers and were used as a basis for selecting suitable images for public affairs use. The images ultimately selected for reproduction and for a reference file may be found in Record Group 490, Series G. These photographs record the wide range of Peace Corps activities, including views of meetings, press conferences, visits to the Peace Corps by celebrities, Congressional testimony by upper management, celebrations of milestones in the organization such as the 10,000th returned Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) and the 25th Anniversary celebration, and views of PCVs working overseas and giving tours to visiting Directors of the Peace Corps. Photographs of interest in this series include views of President John F. Kennedy greeting PCVs on their way to Indonesia in 1963 (folder 7), President Lyndon Johnson signing the "War on Poverty" bill in 1964 (folder 16), Director Jack Vaughn dedicating a memorial plaque to John F. Kennedy at the University of Michigan in 1966 (folder 25), Pope Paul VI blessing the marriage of a PCV couple in Colombia in 1968 (folder 28), a "War to Peace" ceremony, in which returned U.S. Army materiel from Vietnam was turned over to the Peace Corps in 1971 (folder 48), views of the aftermath of Hurricane David in the Dominican Republic in 1979 (folder 58), and a "PCVs of the Year" ceremony at the White House in1988 (folder 86). Personalities photographed in this series represent many fields of endeavor, from Presidents of the United States, U.S. Senators and Representatives, and Administration officials to noted athletes and entertainers. Included are Presidents John F. Kennedy (folder 5), Lyndon Johnson (folder 4), Richard Nixon (folder 36), Ronald Reagan (folder 81), and George Bush (folder 87). Also photographed are First Ladies Rosalynn Carter (folder 56) and Barbara Bush (folder 86). Foreign leaders include Israeli Minister for Foreign Affairs Golda Meir (folder 4), Pope Paul VI (folder 28), United Nations Secretary General U Thant (folder 43), and Philippines President Corazon Aquino (folder 83). United States Administration officials include Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (all in folder 22). Also included are Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (folder 3) and Chief Justice Earl Warren (folder 22). Directors of the Peace Corps photographed in this series include R. Sargent Shriver (folder 13), Jack Vaughn (folder 24), Joseph Blatchford (folder 36), Dr. Carolyn Payton (folder 54), Richard Celeste (folder 60), Loret Ruppe (folder 72), and Paul Coverdell (folder 87). United States Senators and Representatives photographed include Sen. Edward Kennedy (folder 87), Sen. Daniel Inouye (folder 86), Rep. Claude Pepper (folder 69), Rep. Pat Shroeder (folder 61), Reps. Paul Tsongas and Christopher Dodd, who were PCVs (folder 51), and Rep. Mickey Leland (folder 87). Noted athletes photographed in this series include Olympians Rafer Johnson (folder 1), Bill Toomey (folder 42), and Muhammad Ali (folder 62); and outfielder Dave Winfield (folder 61). Entertainers and others photographed include singer Harry Belafonte (folder 21), comedian Dick Gregory (folder 55), singer Sammy Davis Jr. (folder 47), astronauts Neil Armstrong and MichaelCollins (folder 37), and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young (folder 68). Some original negatives for these contact prints are in box 4; other prints have corresponding negatives in Record Group 490, Series AC, C, F, N, PC and R. Photographs which have been reproduced from these contact sheets may be found in Record Group 490, series D and G.

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