I have found more State Department telegrams mentioning Peace Corps and available online on the NARA website. I originally had been able to locate only three. Using “hunt and peck,” “try different combinations,” and, of course, “when all else fails, read the instructions,” I was able to locate this very valuable collection. I apologize for the earlier incomplete information. Peace Corps is mentioned in 87 items that include State Department telegrams from 1973-1976 and Memos for the Record of conversations. They have been declassified and posted online on the NARA website. The telegrams can be read online; the memos are in PDF format. Some of the situations described in the telegrams involve the closing of country Peace Corps programs. Peru is one such country.
This is how the collection can be accessed:
1) Go to http://www.archives.gov
2) Choose “Research our Records” on the home page.
3) On the next page, in the left hand box, choose “Try our new online Public Access System.”
4) On the next page, In the search box, type “Peace Corps” Note: Make sure to enclose Peace Corps in quotation marks.
5) When the page appears, there is a notation in the upper right hand corner of the first box; it reads, “View all Online Holdings.” Click on it. (This is important) All 87 entries should appear and clicking on the title can then access the documents. They can be read online or downloaded.
A cautionary note: The telegrams are posted as written. The first few sentences in the online description may appear to link Peace Corps with various other US agencies involved in intelligence gathering or military activities.When the telegram is read in its entirety, it can be seen that the telegram is reporting rumors within the host country and/or refuting such rumors.
I hope to visit the National Archives in College Park Md. next week for two days. I look forward to blogging about that trip.