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Grateful Dead Records: Photographs
MS.332.Ser. 6  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Alternative Forms Available
  • Accruals
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material
  • Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Photographs
    Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.332.Ser. 6
    Physical Description: 36 Linear Feet 36 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 46 framed items
    Date (inclusive): 1960-2013
    Date (bulk): 1970-1995
    Abstract: This series comprises over 10,000 images taken by both professional and non-professional photographers documenting the Grateful Dead and their fans, the Deadheads.
    Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections and Archives.


    The 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: Photographs. MS 332 Ser. 6. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, April, 2008

    Alternative Forms Available

    The majority of this series was digitized and may be viewed at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO)  


    Materials in this series were included with the band's first bequest, donated to UCSC in 2008. Additional photographs were included with the second accrual, received in 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 photographic prints, negatives, and 35mm slides taken of the band, its performances, and concert attendees by a mix of professional and amateur photographers. Some publicity stills from recording companies are included.
    There are currently some duplicate images. Many dates and sizes are approximate or supplied by processing staff.


    Items in this series are arranged alphabetically by format, then photographer name.

    Separated Material

    Accompanying correspondence can be found in MS 332 Series 5: Correspondence. Photographers such as Jay Blakesburg and Herb Greene have produced books of their work, which have been cataloged separately.

    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 5: Correspondence  
    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
    Subculture -- United States
    Deadheads (Music Fans)
    Grateful Dead (Musical group)