Guide to the Point Foundation Records M1441

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Point foundation records
creator: Point (Foundation)
source: Raymond, Dick (Richard Harrington)
Identifier/Call Number: M1441
Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1964-1975
Abstract: Records of the defunct foundation Point, founded in 1971 by Dick Raymond and Stewart Brand in California to fund small projects and produce Whole Earth publications.

Biographical / Historical

The Point foundation (not to be confused with the National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund of the same name) was a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and founded by Stewart Brand and Richard "Dick" Raymond, growing out of their work with the Portola Institute and the Whole Earth Catalog. Point was conceived from the profits of The Last Whole Earth Catalog and was dedicated to perpetuating the energies and ideals of the catalog, including environmentalism, sustainability, and innovation. Formed in 1971 (following Whole Earth's "Demise Party") it distributed more than $800,000 in small grants. These grants were chosen by individual Point directors for "relatively active purposes affecting issues of economic, environmental, sociological, and behavioral importance." Board members at various times included Raymond and Brand as well as Huey Johnson (Nature Conservancy), Jerry Mander ("radical ad-man"), Bill English (Xerox) and Michael Phillips (Glide Church). As its non-profit owner, Point later published works related to the Whole Earth Catalog. It was also a co-owner of The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link) one of the oldest virtual communities in operation, selling it's 50% stake to Bruce Katz in 1994.

Scope and Contents

Files including reports, correspondence, board materials, project reports, etc. Some older files concern the Portola Institute.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Raymond, 2004. Accession 2004-190.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Point Foundation records (M1441). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Point (Foundation)
Brand, Stewart
Raymond, Dick (Richard Harrington)
Portola Institute

box 1, folder 1

Portola Institute Correspondence

box 1, folder 2

POINT Report, 1972

box 1, folder 3

POINT Report, 1973

box 1, folder 4

Destination Crisis papers

box 1, folder 5

1973 Reports on Activity

box 1, folder 6

Grant reports and Board Meeting minutes, November 1971 - November 1972

box 1, folder 7

Fred Moore fund

box 1, folder 8

M. Phillips and Creative List, Corp. list, Resp. list, Survey, etc.

box 2, folder 1

Stewart Brand & Agents, POINT

box 2, folder 2

" that I'm off the Board," Dick Raymond & POINT

box 2, folder 3

Project Jonah

box 2, folder 4

Cosmonaut; Auroville Perspective

box 2, folder 5


box 2, folder 6

Zen Center - Work Company

box 2, folder 7

Judi Johnston and Jim Morgan

box 2, folder 8

Dianna Shugart

box 2, folder 9

Amsterdam Project

box 2, folder 10

J. Mander Memos

box 2, folder 11

Huey Johnson

box 2, folder 12

Board materials; Jerry Mander; Indians of Brazil

box 2, folder 13

POINT reports

box 2, folder 14

POINT meetings and records

box 2, folder 16

POINT Report, 1974

box 2, folder 15

Board meeting minutes, 1972-1973