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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accurals
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Realia
    Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.332.Ser.10
    Physical Description: 178 Linear Feet 128 boxes, 21 oversize items
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2012
    Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives.
    Language of Material: English .


    Collection open for research. Oversize items require advance notice for access.

    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: Realia. MS 332 Ser. 10. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, 2008.


    The first accrual was received in 2008. 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 includes merchandise samples produced or licensed by the band, and other three-dimensional objects used by the band on tours, in performances, and in recording sessions. It also includes large objects and decorative pieces given to the band by fans. Items in the series include clothing, accessories, instruments, equipment, stage props, touring cases, signs, and furniture.


    The Realia series is arranged into eight sub-series:
    • T-Shirts
    • East Asian Merchandise
    • Clothing and Accessories
    • Homeweare
    • Games and Toys
    • Beer and Wine
    • Other
    • Overzise

    Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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