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Grateful Dead Records: History
MS.332.Ser. 1  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

  • Language of Material: English
    Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO)
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Grateful Dead Records: History
    creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.332.Ser. 1
    Physical Description: 60 Linear Feet 37 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2010
    Abstract: This series contains a limited amount of historical and biographical material about the band and individual band members, as well as awards given to the band.
    Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    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. A second accrual was received in June 2012.


    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 received by the band are part of this series.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

    1. Series 2: Business 
    2. Series 3: Show Files 
    3. Series 4: Press 
    4. Series 5: Correspondence 
    5. Series 6: Photographs 
    6. Series 7: Media 
    7. Series 8: Posters 
    8. Series 9: Artwork 
    9. Series 10: Realia 
    10. Series 11: Decorated Envelopes 
    11. Series 12: Back Stage Passes, Tickets and Laminates 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Concert tours
    Deadheads (Music Fans)
    Grateful Dead (Musical group)
    Grateful Dead Productions