It is fitting that today, March 1, 2011, fifty years from the day when JFK signed the executive order that created the Peace Corps the first study of the agency  Cultural Frontiers of the Peace Corps, edited by Robert B. Textor (PC/HQ 1962-63), is available in digital form on the Stanford home page.  To get there, google –textor stanford–and the top item will be the home page.  Click that.  Then click “Publications,” and the third item is “Cultural Frontiers.”  Allow about two minutes for downloading. 

The fourth item, just below “Cultural Frontiers,” is his historical essay,  “In Up Out” on the personnel principle that has governed Peace Corps staff policy since 1963.  Allow half a minute for downloading.

This study is now in the public domain, thanks to the generosity of the MIT Press, and the  cooperation of the Stanford University Libraries, which rushed to complete the digitization for today, March 1, 2011.  Thanks are due to  Pamela Quick at MIT, and Mimi Calder at Stanford.

And thanks, as well, to Robert Textor for editing this study (first published in 1966) and for making it now available free and on-line for today’s PCVs and RPCVs.

It’s a nice birthday present! Sarge would have been pleased.