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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Accruals
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material
  • Processing Information

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Grateful Dead Records: Media
    creator: Grateful Dead Productions
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.332.Ser. 7
    Physical Description: 19 Linear Feet 22 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1967-2005 (bulk 1967-1995)
    Date (bulk): 1967-1995
    Abstract: This series includes examples of non-commercial, and in some cases unofficial audio and video recordings, variant editions, and fan recordings.
    Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO)


    This series is open for research. Due to format restrictions, cassette tapes and vinyl records may not be listed to or reproduced. CDs and DVDs are accessible via a listening station in the Special Collections and Archives reading room.

    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: Media. MS 332 Ser. 7. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, 2008.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Selected recordings may be accessed at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) 


    The first accrual was received in 2008. The 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 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.
    Boxes 1-8 contain vinyl records. Also included are CDs, DVDs, and cassette tapes.


    The material is arranged chronologically.

    Separated Material

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

    Processing Information

    This series does not contain box 9.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Video recordings
    Deadheads (Music Fans)
    Sound recordings
    Grateful Dead (Musical group)