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. Abbie Rowe, Washington D.C. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
As part of his meeting with President Kennedy, Shriver joined the president for a session with press reporters and photographers.
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. Rowland Scherman, Washington D.C. Peace Corps Media Library.
Sarge speaking to President John F. Kennedy during the Government Talent Search. Peace Corps Media Library.
Sarge walking with President Kennedy through the West Wing Colonnade during the ceremony for the first group of Peace Corps volunteers. August 1961. Abbie Rowe, Washington D.C. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
Sarge greets the people of Guinea alongside President Ahmed Sekou Toure. June 1961. Peace Corps Media Library.
Sarge met with President Sekou Toure of Guinea on his eight nation tour. June 1961. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
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. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
Sarge shakes hands with Peace Corps volunteers abroad. Peace Corps Media Library.
Shriver visited many of the places where the Peace Corps operated. Here, he is welcomed in Nepal.
Sarge touring with Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal. January 1964. Peace Corps Media Library.
Burmese Prime Minister U Nu greets Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver, USIS photo, Rangoon, Burma, May 1961. United States Information Service. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
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.
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.
Shriver washes his face at a water pump in Tehran during his visit to Iran in 1964.
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.
Shriver's travels took him to the Khyber Pass, which connects Pakistan and Afghanistan. January 1964. Peace Corps Media Library.
Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps director, poses with Peace Corps Director Loret Miller Ruppe, who was the tenth director.
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.