Big Rock Candy Mountain — Resources for Our Education

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Originally published as a magazine by The Portola Institute starting in 1970 and intended for teachers and parents and subtitled ‘Resources for Our Education’, Big Rock Candy Mountain billed itself as “A Learning to Learn Catalog”, directly inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog. It shared the same publisher and borrowed its format, but featured more in-depth articles .Like the Whole Earth Catalog, its content is divided into sections, among them ‘Process Learning’, ‘Educational Environments’, and ‘Self Discovery’, each one listing books, educational tools and other products, along with details of their availability (some of them, unlike the Whole Earth Catalog, were sold directly by BRCM mail order. The nonprofit Portola Institute was founded in Menlo Park in 1966 by Dick Raymond, Bob Albrecht and others as an educational forum and helped develop a number of influential Bay Area organisations and publications, including Albrecht’s People’s Computer Company, the Whole Earth Catalog and Big Rock Candy Mountain


Holdorf, Cia & Samuel Yanes (ed.): . Big Rock Candy Mountain: Resources for Our Education. A Delta Special – Delacorte Press, 1972 (Portola 1971) . Oversized tall folio in printed wraps as issued. 188 pages, illustrated throughout. Very well preserved clean copy with only small tears to edge of cover (no loss) and minor edgewear

First trade edition, 1st printing (stated)


Big Rock Candy Mountain — Resources for Our Education