Contribute an Object

The Museum collects objects of material culture and stories for preservation, exhibition, education, and research.  Objects of interest include, but are not limited to, those associated with:

  • specific Peace Corps programs (malaria or HIV eradication, agriculture, or teaching)
  • challenges that volunteers faced with language, health, transportation, or food relationships with local residents
  • significant Peace Corps events, people, or locales
  • occupational practices (traditional agriculture, medicine, or food preparation)
  • tools, equipment, household items, or clothing used by volunteers or local residents
  • the arts including folkart, musical instruments, or other forms of creative expression made by volunteers or local artists

Items such as diaries, letters, or photographs will be considered only if they accompany other donated objects. The Peace Corps Community Archive at American University collects and preserves these materials, plus journals, reports, lesson plans, scrapbooks, photographs, and film, video, and audio recordings.

Steps to Donate an Object

  1. Take photos of the object(s).  
  2. Gather information on your object.  You’ll be asked to provide a description of the object, explain its significance, and detail the relationship of the object to the Peace Corps.  
  3. Click the ‘Gift an Object’ button below to initiate the process.  
  4. Communicate with the Collections Team to determine the feasibility of the gift.  The Collections Team will contact donors after the proposal has been reviewed.  This could take up to 2 months.  
  5. If your object is accepted, you will be asked to review our gifts policy and complete a deed of gift form.  
We appreciate your consideration and look forward to your proposals. 
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