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Grateful Dead Records: Correspondence
MS.332.Ser. 5  
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  • Access
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms Available
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material
  • Processing Information
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Correspondence
    Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.332.Ser. 5
    Physical Description: 89 Linear Feet 122 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2015
    Date (bulk): 1970-1995
    Abstract: This series contains incoming correspondence to the Grateful Dead, in large part letters and postcards received from fans. Materials in the early 1970s substantially reflect the Dead Heads mailing list and outreach efforts.
    Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives.


    This collection has not been fully processed but is open for research. Access to unprocessed collections requires advance notice. Please contact Special Collections and Archives to request access.

    Use Restrictions

    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: Correspondence. MS 332 Ser. 5. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, 2008. Some additional materials were received in June 2012.

    Alternative Forms Available

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


    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 fan and some business correspondence sent to the Grateful Dead office. Many dates are approximate; some were supplied by office staff, some by processing staff.


    The material is arranged into two series:
    Chronological correspondence
    Thematic correspondence and separated material

    Separated Material

    Most accompanying media, publications and manuscripts have been separated out. Selected material cataloged separately.

    Processing Information

    Materials were refoldered and rehoused during processing and arranged by date, but otherwise minimally processed.

    Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

    1. Series 1: History  
    2. Series 2: Business  
    3. Series 3: Show Files  
    4. Series 4: Press  
    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

    Deadheads (Music Fans)
    Fan mail
    Concert tours
    Grateful Dead (Musical group)