Grateful Dead Records: Business

Special Collections and Archives Processing Unit
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
© 2011
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Grateful Dead Records: Business

Collection number: MS 332 Ser.2

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Special Collections and Archives Processing Unit
Date Completed:
August 2012 (1st accural)
Encoded by:
M. Carey
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Grateful Dead Records: Business
Dates: 1965-2005
Collection number: MS 332 Ser.2
Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
Collection Size: 88 boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This series contains limited amount of business correspondence, Ice 9 files, subject files, promotional materials, production materials and merchandise samples.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


This collection is closed for processing. Please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: for further information.

Publication Rights

Most or all of the works in this series are protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Use of this work beyond that allowed by "fair use" requires written permission of the copyright holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permission, and for any use or distribution of this work, rests exclusively with the user and not the UC Santa Cruz Library. Copyright may be owned by creators, publishers, their heirs or successors, or others, depending on the item. For further information contact Special Collections at:

Preferred Citation

Grateful Dead Records: Business. MS 332 Ser.2. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, April 2008

Alternative Forms of Material Available

Selected images may be viewed at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) beginning in June 2012.


The first accural was received in 2008. Second accural was received in June 2012. Additional accurals are expected.

Processing Information

The series is being processed using MPLP which means materials were refoldered, rehoused and very minimally processed.


The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Northern California who came to fame as part of author Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, a series of multimedia happenings centered around then-legal LSD. Famed for their concerts, the band performed more than 2,300 shows over thirty years, disbanding after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in August 1995. Although their only Top 10 hit, "Touch of Grey," charted in 1987, their popularity was based on concerts, and in their last decade they consistently placed in the top five tours every year. Known for the range of their repertoire and the caliber of their compositions, the Dead's songbook has been covered by a wide range of other musicians, from Bob Dylan to Jane's Addiction. They released thirteen studio albums and nine contemporary live albums during their career, and more than 100 live releases since then. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Scope and Content of Collection

This series includes a limited amount of business correspondence associated with the Grateful Dead's recording concerns, concert performances, recording sessions, and with Grateful Dead Productions. Also included are materials from Ice Nine Publishing, the band's publishing enterprise including contracts, copyright registrations and early lyric drafts. Other material documenting publication processes, mailings to Deadheads with record samplers and promotional inserts, and merchandise samples also part of this series.


This series has been arranged into three subseries: Office files, Merchandise & Ice Nine. Office Files has been further divided into: Correspondence, General subject files, Printed materials & Production materials.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Grateful Dead (Music Group)--Archives
Grateful Dead Productions
Deadheads (Music Fans)
Concert Tours

Other Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

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  • MS 334 Herb Greene Photographs - in process
  • MS 335 Teresa Garcia Memorial Collection - in process
  • MS 336 Dennis McNally Papers - in process
  • MS 339 Acid Test Poster Modern Variant Reprints - in process
  • MS 340 David Singer Posters - in process
  • MS 342 Nicholas G. Meriwether Poster Collection - in process
  • MS 343 Elizabeth Cohen Collection - in process
  • MS 344 Susana Millman Slide Collection - in process
  • MS 345 John R. Dwork Papers - in process
  • MS 346 Grateful Dead Bean Bears Collection - in process
  • MS 350 Deadheads Contributions - in process
  • MS 420 Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus Papers - in process

Separated Material

The books have been removed and cataloged separately.
Media has been cataloged separately.