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Robert J. Bielen Collection on the Peace Corps and Revolution in the Dominican Republic

Robert J. Bielen Collection on the Peace Corps and Revolution in the Dominican Republic

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert J. Bielen Collection on the Peace Corps and Revolution in the Dominican Republic
Creator: Bielen, Robert J.
Inclusive Dates: 1956-2016
Bulk Dates: 1963-1965
Extent: 4 box(es) (2.75 linear feet, 1 megabyte)
Collection Number: RBRL394
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Robert Bielen served as a staff physician with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic (1963-1965). The collection documents the political climate in the Dominican Republic during that period as includes a memoir of Bielen's recollections of that time.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Robert J. Bielen was born in Garfield, New Jersey. He spent his childhood in northeastern New Jersey, where he attended elementary through high school. After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree. Afterwards, he was accepted to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a one-year internship at the New York University School of Medicine, Bielen began to look at ways in which he could move with his wife, Peggy, while fulfilling military obligations set forth by the United States government. His search led him to becoming a staff physician for Peace Corps volunteers. In August 1963, Bielen and his wife arrived in the Dominican Republic to begin this service. During their time there, the country underwent great turmoil, erupting in civil war in April 1965. After his service in the Peace Corps ended later that year, he returned to the United States and completed a residency at Temple University Hospital. For over 50 years, Bielen practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in Long Beach, California.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, notes, journals, a personal memoir, and other materials relating to the 1965 Dominican Civil War that Robert J. Bielen experienced while serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged in two series: I. Printed Material and Scrapbooks and II. Memoir and Related Material.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Preferred citation

Robert J. Bielen Collection on the Peace Corps and Revolution in the Dominican Republic, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Dominican Republic -- History -- Revolution, 1965.
Peace Corps (U.S.) -- Dominican Republic.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Printed Material and Scrapbooks

Series I. Printed Material and Scrapbooks includes clippings and other printed material documenting the Dominican Republic, particularly the Héctor TrujilloBielen and John Torphy, a friend and Peace Corps volunteer, compiled the scrapbooks, which include newspaper articles from President Kennedy's Assassination and burial, as well as information on Trujillo's assassination. There is an article written by Flor Trujillo describing life under her father's rule. Newspaper articles on the overthrow of Juan Bosch and the coup d'etat, as well as a journal article by Juan Bosch are included. In the back, there are multiple booklets that show photographs and documents from the revolution. Lastly, there are various articles that document American involvement in the Dominican Republic under Lyndon B. Johnson.
11Clippings, 1965 April 25-30
12Clippings, 1965 May 1-5
13Clippings, 1965 May 6-7
14Clippings, 1965 May 8-9
15Clippings, 1965 May 10-12
16Clippings, 1965 May 13-15
17Clippings, 1965 May 16-19
18Clippings, 1965 May 20-24
19Clippings, 1965 May 25-31
110Clippings, 1965 June 26-29
111Clippings, 1965 July
112Miscellaneous Clippings, 1965 May- December
113Clippings: General Antonio Imbert's Story About Trujillo's Assassination, 1964 April 3
21The New York Times, 1964 October 25
21The New York Times, 1964 December 6
21The New York Times, 1965 January 3
21El Tiempo, 1964 November 14
22El Caribe, 1965 April 26
22La Prensa [Panama], 1965 June 4
22La Prensa Libre [Costa Rica], 1965 June 9
22La Prensa [Managua, Nicaragua], 1965 June 14
23Look Magazine, 1965 June 15
23El Dia [Tegucigalpa, Honduras], 1965 June 16
23Diario Latino [San Salvador], 1965 June 17
23La Hora [Guatemala], 1965 June 22
23El Universal [Mexico City], 1965 July 3
24Album de Oro de la Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad [Golden Album of the Fair of Peace and Fraternity of the Free World], 1956
4[Scrapbooks Compiled By Robert Bielen and John Torphy], 1958-1966

Series II. Memoir and Related Material

114Living Through A Revolution: The Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic 1965, circa 2013
115Appendix A: Lola Smith Notes, circa 2013
116Appendix B: Harry Keramidas Notes; Richard Maxfield Notes; Roberta (BJ) Warren Notes, circa 2013
117Appendix C: Terry Fullmer Notes; Assorted Articles, circa 2013
31Appendix D: Kirby Jones Personal Journal, circa 2013
32Appendix E: Harold Case "La Miseria", circa 2013
33Photograph: Peace Corps Volunteer Nurses, circa 1965
ER 1Living Through A Revolution: The Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic 1965, Second Edition [digital files], 2016