Susana Millman Slide Collection

Nicholas G. Meriwether
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Susana Millman Slide Collection

Collection number: MS 344

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Nicholas G. Meriwether. Physical processing by Susana Millman.
Date Completed:
September 2014
Encoded by:
Nicholas G. Meriwether
© 2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Susana Millman slide collection
Dates: 1982-1995
Bulk Dates: 1987-1995
Collection number: MS 344
Creator: Millman, Susana
Collection Size: 2 boxes

1.5 linear ft.
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection of 1,206 slides is a representative selection of the Grateful Dead photography of Susana Millman. She began photographing the band in the early 1980s, and from 1985 to 1995, she had extraordinary access to concerts, backstage areas, and private occasions. These images document not only the band members and fans but also many of the staff, making her collection a fine overview of the community.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Susana Millman slide collection. MS 344. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Susana Millman in 2011.


Susana Millman grew up in New York City, where she initially pursued an academic career with a PhD in Social Psychology from Columbia University. She left her studies to explore shamanism and psychedelics in the Amazon, where she met some San Francisco Deadheads, returning to Northern California with them. Her fortuitous meeting with future Grateful Dead Vault Archivist Dick Latvala in the late 1970s, combined with her growing interest in photography, led to her meeting and marrying Dennis McNally, the Dead's publicist and official biographer, in 1985. In addition to her work photographing the Grateful Dead and its satellite bands, she has a sizeable portfolio of event, location and performance photography.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection comprises 1,206 images. The majority are concert photographs of Grateful Dead performances at venues such as the Oakland Coliseum Arena, the Greek Theatre (Berkeley), and the Frost Amphitheatre, among many others. Millman also photographed events such as the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.


The collection is arranged chronologically and by subject.

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)

Additional collection guides

Graphic materials 1

Slides 0001 - 0683

Graphic materials 1, Bin 1

Slides 0001 - 0173

Graphic materials 1, Bin 2

Slides 0174 - 0337

Graphic materials 1, Bin 3

Slides 0338 - 0510

Graphic materials 1, Bin 4

Slides 0511 - 0683

Graphic materials 2

Slides 0684 - 1206

Graphic materials 2, Bin 1

Slides 0684 - 0846

Graphic materials 2, Bin 2

Slides 0847 - 1004

Graphic materials 2, Bin 3

Slides 1005 - 1160

Graphic materials 2, Bin 4

Slides 1161 - 1206