IUPUI’s University Library is celebrating the establishment of its new National Service Archives Friday with a panel discussion looking at the history of public service. The university says the archive, dedicated to the idea of national community service, is unique to the country.

Some of the papers and documents included in the collection belonged to former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford. Wofford is credited with helping President John Kennedy to create the Peace Corps.

It was during President Kennedy’s inaugural speech on January 1961 when he famously said “ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country,” as he urged citizens to volunteer.

During a panel discussion on campus, attendees will also hear from Indiana University President Emeritus Thomas Ehrlich who served on a commission that helped design the AmeriCorps program.

Following the panel, 20 new members of AmeriCorps will take their oath of service to start their work.

The National Service Archives is a collection within the Ruth Lilly Special Collections at the IUPUI Library.