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Grateful Dead Records: History
MS 332 Ser.1  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms of Material Available
  • Accurals
  • 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: History
    Bulk Dates: 1950-2010
    Collection number: MS 332 Ser.1
    Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Collection Size: 37 boxes

    25 framed items
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Contains limited biographical material about the band, band members and awards given to the band.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & 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: grateful@ucsc.edu for further information.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical objects reside with the University of California. To inquire about the copyright of material in this series, please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu

    Preferred Citation

    Grateful Dead Records: History. MS 332 Ser.1. 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. 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 contains biographical material on the band members and miscellaneous published historical articles about the Grateful Dead. Some unpublished articles and personal correspondence and writings by band and family members are also included. Awards, which were received by the band, are part of this series.


    Arranged chronologically.

    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

    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

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