Register of the Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collection

Finding aid prepared by Issayas Tesfamariam
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collection
Date (inclusive): 1947-2018
Collection Number: 2016C48
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English and Amharic
Physical Description: 12 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes (9.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, reports, pamphlets, newsletters, photographs, slides, teaching materials, and other printed matter relating to political, economic, cultural, educational and social affairs of 1960s Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2014 with increments in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Historical Note

Ethiopia and Eritrea Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (E&E RPCVs) was organized in 1991 at the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) Conference to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Peace Corps.
According to the organization, E&E RPCVs became a non-member Not-for-Profit Corporation, incorporated in the state of New York, and led by a Board of Directors. Its stated purpose is "exclusively for charitable and educational purposes that include, to promote world peace and understanding, particularly among the peoples of the United States, Ethiopia and Eritrea; to inform and educate the general public about other countries, particularly Ethiopia and Eritrea; to promote opportunities for achieving sustainable economic development and the relief of poverty in Ethiopia and Eritrea, by providing volunteers, equipment, services and financial resources which are needed to further this purpose."
E&E RPCVs is an affiliate of the umbrella organization of National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). Some of E&E RPCVs past and ongoing activities include:
-Through the RPCV Legacy Program, launching an effort to pursue projects to address the great needs in Ethiopia and Eritrea
-Creating its own publication, The Herald
-Through its enCORPS, they have offered short-term, expenses-paid, volunteer opportunities for RPCVs in Ethiopia and Eritrea
-Participating in a peace initiative during the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1998-2000
-Maintaining a current database of all those who served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Eritrea since 1987
-Sending thousands of books to both Ethiopia and Eritrea
Peace Corps Volunteers teachers had great impact, directly (sponsoring and adopting students) and indirectly (through empowerment), on the Ethiopian and Eritrean students of the 1960s and 1970s. The various reunions of the RPCVs are evidence that most of the relationships that began then continue todate. The PCVs engagement with the students include activities such as: helping to create student newsletters, drama clubs, and various other clubs.
Members of the 1960s and 1970s E&E RPCVs were in Ethiopia and Eritrea when the political wind was changing. Some examples of those changes are:
1) The first cohort PCVs arrived in Ethiopia in September 1962 - two months before Eritrea was annexed and became Ethiopia’s fourteenth province. During their training, the PCVs took courses in Amharic (Note: Amharic is only one of many languages spoken in Ethiopia, however, it is the official language of Ethiopia) and yet, the PCVs were sent to places where the students’ first language was not Amharic.
2) There was a coup d’état in Ethiopia in 1960. Its implication and impact was not directly felt, but it was simmering.
3) In 1961, the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) was formed and had started its armed struggle for the independence of Eritrea, against Ethiopia.
4) The students’ adulation of PCVs in the early 1960s had changed by the late 1960s, partially due to various world movements in 1968 (in Mexico, France, etc.), the Vietnam War, and other world events.
5) A military committee known as "The Derg" overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia in 1974. Its slogan was "Ethiopia Tikdem" or "Ethiopia First." In the E&E RPCVs collection, there are student essays on what "Ethiopia Tikdem" means to them.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, reports, pamphlets, newsletters, photographs, slides, teaching materials, and other printed matter relating to political, economic, cultural, educational and social affairs of 1960s Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Arrangement Statement

The collection is organized by the name of the E&E RPCV member who owned the material, and then into the following subgroupings, if applicable: Office File, Correspondence, Speeches and Writings or Writings, Subject File, Printed Matter, Micellaneous, Photographs, and Oversize Materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Peace Corps (U.S.)
Eritrea.
Ethiopia.

 

Debbie Bulger 1963-1968, 2016

 

Correspondence 1963-1967, 2016

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Letters from Ethiopia 1966-1967, 2016

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Selig, Freda and Barbara 1963-1967

 

Subject File 1960s

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Ethiopia's Problem of Illiteracy 1960s

Box/Folder 13 : 14

The Debre Zeit Drama Society presents Dick Whittington 1967

 

Miscellaneous 1960s

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Brochures and pamphlets, Ethiopia 1960s

 

Photographic Slides 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 5

I: Asmara and Massawa 1966-1967

Scope and Contents note

Includes a list of slides.
Box/Folder 1 : 6

II: Harar, Dire Dawa, and Alemaya 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 7

III: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the air, map of Ethiopia, and Koka Dam 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 8

IV: Lalibela, Gonder, and Axum 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 9

V: People, the countryside, and Awash 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 10

VI: Birds, flora/fauna, animals, and flowers 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 11

VII: Transportation, work, Booray, Garaberu, and Lake Hora 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 12

VIII: Debre Zeit, friends, school, residence, Mt. Yerer, and Lake Langano 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 13

IX: Peace Corps training 1966

Box/Folder 1 : 14

X: Entoto 1966-1968

Box/Folder 1 : 15

XI: Guenet 1966-1968

Box/Folder 13 : 15

Debre Birhan, Debre Zeit, Harar, Gonder, Asmara, and Massawa 1966-1967

 

Oversize Material

Box/Folder 7 : 1

Ge'ez codex undated

 

Andrea Ostrowe 1965-1975

 

Subject File 1965-1975

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Ethiopian Folk Tales 1967

Scope and Contents note

Includes handwritten notes.
Box/Folder 2 : 2

"Introduction to Addis Ababa for Peace Corps Volunteers" 1974-1975

Box/Folder 2 : 3

New Oxford English Course: Ethiopia, Books 1 & 2 1965, 1967

Box/Folder 2 : 4

New Oxford English Course: Ethiopia, Teacher's Notes Book 5 1967

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Peace Corps training manual and weekly handouts 1970s

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Pictorial alphabet in Amharic undated

Box/Folder 2 : 7

"Social Studies Resource Book for Teachers in Ethiopian Junior High School" undated

 

Printed Matter 1972

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Ethiopia: The Hidden Empire 1972

 

William Hoar 1960-1968

 

Office File 1965-1967

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Expenses and bank checkbook 1966-1967

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Peace Corps Training at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] 1965-1966

 

Correspondence 1965-1968

Box/Folder 3 : 3

1965

Box/Folder 3 : 4

1966

Box/Folder 3 : 5

1967

Box/Folder 3 : 6

1968

Box/Folder 3 : 7

Robbins, Lester 1967

 

Writings 1966-1968

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Notes and lessons 1966-1968

 

Subject File 1960-1966

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Ethiopian Folktales 1960s

Box/Folder 3 : 10

In Country Training: Ethiopia 1966

Box/Folder 3 : 11

"Syllabus for the Peace Corps," UCLA 1966

 

Printed Matter 1960-1968

Box/Folder 3 : 12

Ethiopia Mirror 1965

Box/Folder 3 : 13

Ethiopian Observer 1965

Scope and Contents note

Contains Vol. VIII, No. 1 and Vol. IX, No. 1.
Box/Folder 3 : 15

Ethiopian Airlines 1960s

Box/Folder 3 : 15

International Scala 1968

Box/Folder 3 : 16

News Bulletin: United States Information Service (USIS) 1965

Box/Folder 3 : 17

Ethiopian Herald 1965-1968

Box/Folder 3 : 18

Voice of Ethiopia 1968

Scope and Contents note

Includes Nos. 177 and 178.
 

Miscellaneous 1960-1966

Box/Folder 3 : 19

Airline tickets 1960s

Box/Folder 3 : 20

Brochures, calendars, and pamphlets re Ethiopia 1960s

Box/Folder 3 : 21

Ethiopian driver's license 1966

Box/Folder 3 : 22

Map of Ethiopia 1965

Box/Folder 3 : 23

Ethiopian stamps 1960s

 

Photographs 1966-1968

Box/Folder 3 : 24

Ethiopia 1966-1968

Scope and Contents note

Contains a CD and a list of the images on the disc.
Box/Folder 3 : 25

Gore, Illubabur 1966-1968

Box 8

Ethiopia album 1966-1968

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs of Ethiopia and Ethiopian stamps.
 

Oversize Materials 1967-1968

Box 9

Ethiopian Airlines calendar 1967-1968

Box 9

Indian calendar 1967-1968

Box 9

Holiday magazine 1967

 

Wayne Kessler 1960-1971

 

Printed Matter 1960-1971

Box/Folder 4 : 1

Ethiopian Observer: The Peace Corps in Ethiopia 1965

Box/Folder 4 : 2

The Ethiopian Woman 1960

Box/Folder 4 : 3

The Peace Corps Volunteer 1971

 

Mary Lou and Lynn Linman 1955-2015

 

Office File 1962-1964

Box/Folder 4 : 4

Certificate: Peace Corps 1962-1964

 

Correspondence 1962-2015

Box/Folder 4 : 5

Abebe, Nardos undated

Box/Folder 4 : 6

Ayalew, Asmare 1964

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Blank postcards undated

Box/Folder 4 : 8

Gellman, Jack 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 9

Humphrey, Hubert H. 1965

Box/Folder 4 : 10

Kennedy, John F. 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 11

Kircos, Mamo 1962

Box/Folder 4 : 12

Linman, Clifford 1962-1964

Box/Folder 4 : 13

Saynor, P. J. 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 14

Shriver, Sargent 1962-1963

Box/Folder 4 : 15

Svenson, Elwin V. 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 16

Tesfamariam, Issayas 2015

Box/Folder 4 : 17

Vold, Robert R. 1962-1964

Box/Folder 4 : 18

Westering, Lloyd 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 19

Wofford, Harris 1963

 

Speeches and Writings

Box/Folder 4 : 20

"Africa: Focus on Ethiopia - The Work of the Peace Corps" 1966

Box/Folder 4 : 21

Hailemariam Mamo Secondary School Grade Nine newsletter 1964

Box/Folder 2 : 22

Notes 1963

Box/Folder 4 : 23

Peace Corps journal 1962

Box/Folder 4 : 24

"Seventh Grade Girls" 1963

 

Subject File

Box/Folder 4 : 25

Ethiopian Inter-School Athletic Association 1962-1963

Box/Folder 4 : 26

"My Green Friend" 1955

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic
Box/Folder 4 : 27

Pictorial alphabet, 1st and 2nd 1961

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic
Box/Folder 4 : 28

Sound of Amharic 1962

 

Printed Matter 1960-1965

Box/Folder 4 : 29

Ethiopia Mirror 1963-1964

Scope and Contents note

Includes issues from January-June 1963 and December 1963 - February 1964.
Box/Folder 5 : 1

Ethiopian Observer, Vol. VI, No. 2 1962

Box/Folder 5 : 2

Exercise Book: Their Imperial Highnesses of Ethiopia 1960s

Box/Folder 5 : 3

Menen magazine 1964

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic
Box/Folder 5 : 4

Addis Zemen/New Era newspaper 1964

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic
Box/Folder 5 : 5

San Francisco Examiner clippings 1962

Box/Folder 5 : 6

The Re-Entry Crisis 1965

Box/Folder 5 : 7

"The Lion Still Uses His Teeth," "Grey Dawn in Ethiopia," and "Long Life to the Lion" 1961

 

Miscellaneous 1962-1964

Box/Folder 5 : 8

Ethiopian and California driver's licenses 1963

Box/Folder 5 : 9

Menu from Genet Hotel's New Stanley Hotel Restaurant 1962-1964

Box/Folder 5 : 10

Stamps undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes stamps from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
 

Photographs 1960-1966

Box/Folder 5 : 11

Debre Birhan, Ethiopia 1963-1966

Box/Folder 5 : 12

81 slides 1960s

Scope and Contents note

Includes description.
 

Randolph Marcus 1965-2015

 

Correspondence 1962-2015

Box/Folder 5 : 13

Adler, Kurt, Mr. and Mrs. 1967

Box/Folder 5 : 14

Changere, Hailu 1967

Box/Folder 5 : 15

Enzer, R. M. 1966

 

Hoover Institution 2015

Box/Folder 5 : 17

Javits, Jacob K. 1966

Box/Folder 5 : 18

Juda, Lawrence 1968

 

Marcus, Ralph, Mr. and Mrs.

Box/Folder 5 : 19

1965

Box/Folder 5 : 20

1966

Box/Folder 5 : 21

1967

Box/Folder 5 : 22

1968

Box/Folder 5 : 23

Ryan, William F. 1966

Box/Folder 5 : 24

Shriver, Sargent 1966

 

Photographs 1966-1968

Scope and Contents note

Consists of photographic slides.
Box/Folder 5 : 25

I: UCLA training, ATP party, Catalina trip, Madrid, and Frankfurt 1966

Box/Folder 5 : 26

II: Dire Dawa, Assela, and Coronation Day 1966

Box/Folder 5 : 27

III: Frankfurt, Asmara, Addis Abeba, Alamaya College, and Dire Dawa 1966

Box/Folder 5 : 28

IV: Christmas Vacation, Feast of the Cross, and Harar 1968

Box/Folder 5 : 29

V: Coronation Day, Teshome Hailu, Iaay, Hike-Chilato, and Swedish Mission 1966-1968

Box/Folder 5 : 30

VI: Parents Day, Trip to Bekoji, and farewell party 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 1

VII: Haile Selassie Hospital and Haile Selassie visit 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 2

VIII: Ethiopian wedding, Christmas vactation, and Harar 1967-1968

Box/Folder 6 : 3

IX: Igay, Dinky, library, classroom, Christmas vacation, Addis Abeba, and Asmara 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 4

X: Market Day, Assela, trip, and Teshome's home 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 5

XI: Operation/tumor removal, Haile Selassie I Hospital, Assela, Ras Darge students and faculty 1968

Box/Folder 6 : 6

XII: Lake Zwai, Assela, and Parents' Day 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 7

XIII: Christmas vacation, Axum, Gonder, Tisisat Falls, IGGY, and trip to Lake Zwai 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 8

XIV: Assela, Sodore, and Ethiopian wedding 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 9

XV: Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania, Dinka Assela characters, and Meskel celebration 1967

Box/Folder 6 : 10

XVI: Farewell, Assela, Egypt, Israel, and Vienna 1968

 

Andrea Ostrowe 1970-1975

 

Subject File 1970-1975

Box/Folder 6 : 11

7th grade student essays: "Ethiopia Tikdem/Ethiopia First" 1975

Box/Folder 6 : 12

English teaching handbook 1974

Box/Folder 6 : 13

Health Education Kit for Teachers 1970s

Box/Folder 6 : 14

"Visual Aids" by Larry Ladd (Peace Corps Volunteers) 1974

Box/Folder 6 : 15

"Visual Aids for Children and Nutrition Education" 1974

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic and English
Box/Folder 6 : 16

Printed Matter 1975-1976

Scope and Contents note

Includes a map, brochures, and pamphlets from Ethiopian Airlines.
 

Richard Lipez 1988-2016

 

Correspondence 1989-2016

Box/Folder 10 : 1

Tesfamariam, Issayas 2016

Box/Folder 10 : 2

Worreck, Roberta (also known as Maria Thomas) 1989

 

Writings 1988-1993

Box/Folder 10 : 3

"A Free Eritrea" 1993

Box/Folder 10 : 4

"A Visit to Marxist Ethiopia in 1988" 1988

Box/Folder 10 : 5

"Among the Besieged in War-Torn Eritrea" 1989

Box/Folder 10 : 6

"Rough Plan for 4,000 word Piece on Ethiopia and Eritrea for Mother Jones" 1988

 

Photographs 1970s

Box/Folder 10 : 7-10

I-IV

Box/Folder 11 : 1-2

V-VI

Box/Folder 12 : 1-4

VII-X

 

Janet Lee 1991-2009

 

Printed Matter 1991-2009

Box/Folder 12 : 5

The Ethiopia Herald, Nos. 1-3 1991 February-May, July

Box/Folder 12 : 6-9

The Herald, Nos. 4-25 1991-2002

Box/Folder 13 : 1

The Herald, Nos. 26-27, 29, and 34-36 2002-2009

 

Michael Finnerty 1947-1975

 

Writings by Diriba Mamo 1974-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 2

"Ato Kebede" 1974-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 3

"The Boy" 1974-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 4

"The Story of Bakura" 1974-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 5

"The Story of Homo and Hama" 1974-1975

 

Subject File 1970-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 6

"Joe's Record of Radio News About Ethiopia" 1974-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 7

"Learning Amharic Alphabets in Pictures and Handwriting" 1960s

 

Printed Matter 1947-1975

Box/Folder 13 : 8

Addis Zemen/New Era newspaper 1975 August 29

Scope and Contents note

In Amharic
Box/Folder 13 : 9

Finchaa Hydroelectric Power Project 1973

Box/Folder 13 : 10

Afrique Nord-Est map 1971

Box/Folder 13 : 11

Lechemti Zone H map 1947

Box/Folder 13 : 12

"Negarit Gazeta" proclamation 1974

 

The Ethiopian Herald 1974-1975

Scope and Contents note

Includes issues from June 30, 1974; May 1, 1975; May 3, 1975; and August 29, 1975.
 

Edward G. Engelbart 1961-2018

 

Office File 1961-2018

Box/Folder 14 : 1

Banknotes and accounts 1961-1966

Box/Folder 14 : 2

Miscellaneous 1966-1967, 2008-2009, 2018

Scope and Contents note

Includes an identification card, invitations, addresses, invoices, and a deed of gift.
 

Correspondence 1961-2009

Box/Folder 14 : 3

Abdulhafiz, Nabiha 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 4

Ayele, Feleke 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 5

Beil, Marion Haley 2003, 2009

Box/Folder 14 : 6

Berlew, David 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 7

Cassidy, Tom 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 8

Davis, Bette I. 1961

Box/Folder 14 : 9

Deme, Mamitu 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 10-19

Engelbart, Chris C. 1962-1967

Box/Folder 14 : 18

Engelbart, Laura 1961

Box/Folder 14 : 19

Engelbart, R. W. 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 20

Feyissa, Morgen 1967

Box/Folder 14 : 21

Gill, Pamela E. 1999

Box/Folder 14 : 22

May, William 2010

Box/Folder 14 : 23

Negesse, Mulugetta 1967

Box/Folder 15 : 1

Peggy 1966

Box/Folder 15 : 2

Rusk, Nina 1966

Box/Folder 15 : 3

Schaediger, Alvin H. 1965

Box/Folder 15 : 4

Schmidt, Herm 1967

Box/Folder 15 : 5

Sencer, David 2008

Box/Folder 15 : 6

Shriver, Robert Sargent 1963

Box/Folder 15 : 7

Tefera, Hailu 1966-1967

Box/Folder 15 : 8

Thompson, James R. 1967

Box/Folder 15 : 9

Writings 1965-1967

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes and articles.
 

Subject File 1965-2016

Box/Folder 15 : 10

Education - Teachers clearance sheet 1965

Box/Folder 15 : 11

Education - The Voice of Prince Mekonnen School 1965

Box/Folder 15 : 12

National Boy Scouts 1967

Box/Folder 15 : 13

Peace Corps 1965-1967, 2010-2011

Box/Folder 15 : 14

Peace Corps - Anniversary reunion 1966, 2016

Box/Folder 15 : 15

Peace Corps - Syllabus

Box/Folder 15 : 16

Peace Corps - The Image, Vol. III, No. 1 1965

Scope and Contents note

Issue of a periodical published by the Ethiopian Peace Corps.
Box/Folder 15 : 17

Peace Corps - Ethiopia: Trainees for the Peace Corps 1965

Scope and Contents note

A roster of Peace Corps trainees from UCLA from June 17 - September 9, 1965. Includes images and a short biographical note about each trainee.
Box/Folder 15 : 18

Refugees - The American Team for Displaced Eritreans newsletter 2000s

 

Printed Matter 1966-1985

Box/Folder 15 : 19

News 1989

Box/Folder 15 : 20

Clippings 1966-1967, 1985

 

Miscellaneous 1960s-1970s

Box/Folder 15 : 21

Brochures and postcards 1960s

Box/Folder 15 : 22

Ethiopian coins used during Haile Selassie's rule 1960s-1970s

 

Photographs 1965-1967

Box/Folder 15 : 23

"Summer Project and Ethiopia Tavels" 1965-1966

Scope and Contents note

Consists of 1 DVDs and 1 CD.
Box/Folder 15 : 24

Miscellaneous 1965-1967

Box/Folder 15 : 25

Negatives 1965

Scope and Contents note

Contains images of Peace Corps training at UCLA; of Westward, California; and of Mexico.
Box/Folder 15 : 26

Slides 1966-1967