The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps Becomes Law

After signing the law that creates the Peace Corps, President John F. Kennedy hands the signing pen to Sargent Shriver, who was appointed its first director in September 1961. (Photo by Abbie Rowe in Washington D.C., courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)

Kennedy And Shriver Meet The Press

As part of his meeting with President Kennedy, Shriver joined the president for a session with press reporters and photographers. (Source unknown.)

A Call To Service

Sargent Shriver talks to a group of potential Peace Corps Volunteers in 1961. (Source unknown.)

Shriver with Kennedy

Sarge speaking to President John F. Kennedy during the Government Talent Search. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Talking with the President

Sargent Shriver talks with JFK in the halls of the White House. (Source unknown.)

Shriver and Kennedy

Sarge walking with President Kennedy through the West Wing Colonnade during the ceremony for the first group of Peace Corps volunteers. August 1961. (Photo by Abbie Rowe in Washington D.C., courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)

Signing the Executive Order

Sargent Shriver stands with President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961 as he signs the executive order to establish the Peace Corps. (Photo courtesy of witnify.com.)

The Peace Corps Team

Sargent Shriver discusses the development of the Peace Corps with staff. (Source unknown.)

Talking Peace

Sargent Shriver discusses the Peace Corps with new volunteers. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Africa

Sargent Shriver, appointed the first director of the Peace Corps, leads the first group of volunteers to a meeting with President Kennedy at the White House. The volunteers were heading to Ghana and Tanganyika in Africa. (Photo by Rowland Scherman in Washington D.C., courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Shriver in Guinea

Sarge greets the people of Guinea alongside President Ahmed Sekou Toure. June 1961. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Shriver with President Sekou Toure

Sarge met with President Sekou Toure of Guinea on his eight nation tour. June 1961. (Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)

Shriver in Libera

Peace Corps Director attends the White Heart Ceremony in Kpaiye, Liberia. The volunteer in the picture is Barbara Doutrich, and volunteer Bob McAndrews and George Radcliff were also stationed in this location. April 1963. (Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)

Shriver with Volunteers

Sarge shakes hands with Peace Corps volunteers abroad. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Destination: Nepal

Shriver visited many of the places where the Peace Corps operated. Here, he is welcomed in Nepal. (Source unknown.)

Shriver in Nepal

Sarge touring with Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal. January 1964. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Destination: Burma

Shriver tours Burma. (Source unknown.)

Shriver in Burma

Burmese Prime Minister U Nu greets Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver, USIS photo, Rangoon, Burma, May 1961. United States Information Service. (Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)

Digging In

Sargent Shriver enjoys a meal in Burma. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Europe

Sargent Shriver walking with a crowd through a European village on his tour. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Germany

Shriver inspects Checkpoint Charlie during his visit to Berlin in 1964. The barrier was part of a dividing line between East Berlin, controlled by Communist East Germany, and West Berlin, controlled by the United States, Great Britain and France. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Israel

During a trip to Jerusalem, Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver visits a refugee camp near Jericho, where he later joined in a game of ball with local children. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Iran

Shriver washes his face at a water pump in Tehran during his visit to Iran in 1964. (Photo by Paul Conklin.)

Destination: Turkey

Shriver meets with student nurses in Konya, Turkey, in 1964. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Turkey

The classroom of Peace Corps Volunteer Eric Olsen, a Volunteer English teacher from Hockessin, Delaware, gets a visit from Olsen's boss, Shriver, in Sivas, Turkey. (Source unknown.)

Destination: Pakistan

Shriver's travels took him to the Khyber Pass, which connects Pakistan and Afghanistan. January 1964. (Photo courtesy of the Peace Corps Media Library.)

Extending a Hand

Sargent Shriver meets a local man while on tour in Pakistan. (Source unknown.)

Peace Corps Directors

Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps director, poses with Peace Corps Director Loret Miller Ruppe, who was the tenth director. (Source unknown.)

Peace Corps Building Dedication

Former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Sargent Shriver and Queen Noor cut the ribbon at the Peace Corps building dedication in 1998. (Source unknown.)

Peace Corps Building Dedication

Shriver and First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Peace Corps headquarters building dedication in 1998. (Source unknown.)