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Americans Committed to World Responsibility Collected Records

 Collection — othertype: CDG-A
Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-Americans Committed to World Responsibility


Collection is primarily printed material; includes correspondence, training manuals, conference proceedings.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1961

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Access: open for research without restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Americans Committed to World Responsibility; formed in 1960 at the University of Michigan in response to President John F. Kennedy's challenge to students to aid the developing countries of the world, emphasizing the need for personal contribution and sacrifice on the part of the volunteers; he announced his vision for what would become the Peace Corps while standing on the steps of the University of Michigan Union; in response, the students, headed by Judy and Alan Guskin, formed Americans Committed to World Responsibility; from the Michigan campus these ideas spread to campuses throughout the Midwest and then throughout the United States. Kennedy formally announced plans to form the Peace Corps on Nov. 2, 1960 in San Francisco.


0.21 linear ft. (2.5 linear in.)

General Note

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the records of Americans Committed to World Responsibility.

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Most of the materials in this catalog are not digitized and can only be accessed in person. Please see our website for more information about visiting or requesting repoductions from Swarthmore College Peace Collection Library

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