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Grateful Dead Records: Media
MS 332 Ser.7  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms Available
  • Accurals
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Media
    Dates: 1967-2005
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1967-1995)
    Collection number: MS 332 Ser.7
    Collector: Grateful Dead Productions
    Collection Size: 27 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This series includes examples of non-commercial, and in some cases unofficial audio and video recordings, variant editions, and fan recordings.
    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 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: Media. MS 332 Ser.7. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, 2008.

    Alternative Forms 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 was 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 includes examples of non-commercial, and in some cases unofficial audio and video recordings, variant editions, and fan recordings. Official and commercially produced audio and video recordings of and about the Grateful Dead have been cataloged separately by title and may be found in the UCSC Library's online catalog Cruzcat.


    The material is 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 (Musical group)
    Sound Recordings
    Video Recordings
    Deadheads (Music fans)

    Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

    Related Material

    • 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

    Many of the cassettes and tapes have been cataloged and are available for listening in the Media Center or Special Collections. Please consult the online catalog, Cruzcat, for further details.