Collection of Papers on the VISA Program in Tanganyika
Scope and Contents
Collection of correspondence, reports, reminiscences, newsletters, and other memorabilia fo participants in the VISA Program in Tanganyika in 1961-1963. Includes the papers of Werner and Helen Tyson Muller, Oliver Wilgress, and Garry Thomas.
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Biographical / Historical
The VISA (Voluntary International Service Assignments) Program of the American Friends Service Committee was organized in the fall of 1960. The first volunteers arrived in Africa in the summer of 1961. Participants underwent six weeks of orientiation at Pendle Hill, then did further intensive language training in the field. They then did community development work and lived in the communities within which they served. Although many Quakers were involved in the program, volunteers came from a number of religious traditions.
VISA volunteers in the first group (1961-1963) included Werner Muller, Halen Tyson, Mary Anderson, Mary Mitchell, Joan Lerner, Mac Brasfield, Tony Henry, Mel McCraw, Oliver Wilgress, Gary Thomas, David Giltrow, and David Wallace. The program was led by Harry and Lois Bailey who brought their children, Jeannie, Glen, and Nancy. Later participants included David Elkinton, Arthur Larabee, and many others. VISA's involvement in Tangayika ended in 1967.
.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection of correspondence, reports, reminiscences, newsletters, and other memorabilia fo participants in the VISA Program in Tanganyika in 1961-1963.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection of Papers on the VISA Program in Tanganyika were individually donated to Friends Historical Library by Werner Muller, Olivar Wilgress, and Garry Thomas in 2018 and 2019.
Processed by Patricia C. O'Donnell; completed May, 2018.
- Collection of Papers on the VISA Program in Tanganyika
- Patricia C. O'Donnell
- May 2019
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