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Grateful Dead Records: Photographs
MS 332 Ser.6  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms Available
  • Accruals
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids
  • Related Collections
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Photographs
    Dates: 1960-2010
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1970-1995)
    Collection number: MS 332 Ser.6
    Collector: Grateful Dead Productions
    Collection Size: 31 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Contains several thousand images taken by both professional and non-professional photographers of the Grateful Dead and the Deadhead scene around their shows.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the material.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection:English


    This series is open for research. Please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu 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: grateful@ucsc.edu.

    Preferred Citation

    Grateful Dead Records: Photographs. MS 332 Ser.6. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, April, 2008

    Alternative Forms Available

    Selected images may be viewed at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO).


    First accural of material was received in 2008. Second accural of material was received in June 2012. Additional accurals are expected.

    Processing Information

    The series was processed using MPLP which means materials were rehoused and very minimally processed.


    The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Northern California. They 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 photographic prints, negatives, and 35mm slides taken of the band, its performances, and concert attendees by a mix of professional and amateur photographers. Some publicity stills from recording companies are included.
    There are currently some duplicate images. Many dates and sizes are approximate or supplied by processing staff.


    The material is arranged primarily alphabetically by photographer's last name, followed by format size and box location.

    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 (Musical group)
    Deadheads (Music fans)
    Concert Tours
    Subculture -- United States

    Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

    Related Collections

    • MS 52 David Dodd Grateful Dead Collection 
    • MS 224 Stu Nixon Collection 
    • MS 333 Dick Latvala Papers - in process
    • 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

    Accompanying correspondence can be found in Series 5.
    The books have been removed and cataloged separately.
    Media cataloged separately