Colorado State University became involved with the early development of the Peace Corps through the work of professor Maurice L. Albertson and the successful 1960 proposal on behalf of the Colorado State University Research Foundation to the International Cooperation Agency to investigate the possibility of establishing a "youth corps" that would become the Peace Corps. Colorado State University soon began training Peace Corps volunteers for work in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Albertson remained interested in the Peace Corps, and in 1986 he organized a seminar focusing on the future of the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps Collection in the University Archive contains correspondence, reports, printed materials, photographs, and slides from the period during and following the Peace Corps' founding, as well as correspondence, planning documents, publications, notes, and cassette tapes from the 1986 seminar. This digital collection, with materials dated 1959 to 2011 (bulk 1962 to 1986), comprises most of the archival collection, excluding the cassette tapes and the printed material with copyright restrictions.

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