FAQs

What’s Dead Central and who can visit?
Dead Central is the University Library’s dedicated, permanent exhibit space devoted to the display of material from the Grateful Dead Archive. The creation of this exhibition site was made possible through an exceptionally generous grant from the Brittingham Family Foundation. Themed exhibitions focusing on the Grateful Dead, their fans, the Deadheads, and the band’s place in American culture will be mounted annually in Dead Central.

Where is Dead Central located and when is it open?
Dead Central is located on the main floor of UCSC’s McHenry Library. See directions to McHenry Library.  Dead Central is accessible whenever McHenry Library is open. Check here for hours.

Will it cost money to get into Dead Central?
Dead Central is free and open to the public.

When will the Grateful Dead Archive be open for research?
The Grateful Dead Archive opened for research on June 29,  2012. Processing this very large and complex archive and its related materials will continue for some years yet, so please check with us as we make materials available. Advance notice is required for use of some material in Special Collections so that it can be retrieved from storage areas. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the material they wish to see at: grateful@ucsc.edu.

How do I find out what is in the Grateful Dead Archive?
The best way to find out about the content of the Grateful Dead Archive is to view the online Finding Aids available at the Online Archive of California.  Finding Aids are inventories that describe the materials in the Archive. Books, recordings, journals, fanzines by and about the Grateful Dead are noted in Cruzcat, the University Library’s local catalog. Search Cruzcat by the keyword “Grateful Dead” to see the title lists. Please bear in mind that processing this very large and complex archive is expected to continue for some years, with materials made available as they are processed.

Where is the Grateful Dead Archive located and what are the hours?
The Grateful Dead Archive is housed within the University Library’s Special Collections & Archives department on the 3rd floor of McHenry Library. Get directions to McHenry Library. Research may be conducted in Special Collections' Reading Room during regular open hours. Check here for hours. Again, advance notice is required for use of some material in Special Collections so that it can be retrieved from storage areas. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the material they wish to see at: grateful@ucsc.edu.

What should I expect when using the Grateful Dead Archive in Special Collections?
Researchers will need to follow the standard procedures and policies already established for all visitors to the Special Collections & Archives department. See the department’s Conditions of Use. All researchers must fill out and sign an application form and must present acceptable photo identification (driver's license, faculty/student ID, passport, etc.) before viewing material in the Reading Room of Special Collections & Archives.

How do I see what’s in the collection and can I get reproductions?
The best place to visually browse the Grateful Dead Archive is to go to the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO).  There you’ll find tens of thousands of images of materials in the Archive and related collections. Copyright for most of the material in the Archive resides with the creators. For information about permission to reproduce or publish material from the Archive please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist. 

How do I contact the Grateful Dead Archivist?
Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether may be contacted at: grateful@ucsc.edu

Can I volunteer or be an intern for the Grateful Dead Archive?
We get many offers to assist us with the Archive, and some select opportunities are available for special projects. The Grateful Dead Archivist will be posting requests for assistance from the Grateful Dead Archive News page as the need arises.

Do you want my Grateful Dead collection?
The Grateful Dead Archive, though large and quite complete, has occasional gaps or missing items. We are interested in gifts to the collection especially when they fill these holes. See our “Wish List” of wanted items and learn how to contribute.

Do you buy materials?
The Grateful Dead Archive is not able to purchase materials at this time. We do accept gifts of materials we are seeking; see our "Wish List" to learn more.

How can I contribute?
The Grateful Dead Archive relies on the support of the community to fulfill our mission to preserve and present the legacy of the Grateful Dead. Please click here to see about making a donation to help us complete this vital work.

Where can I purchase  UCSC produced Grateful Dead posters and  Grateful Slug apparel?
Posters and Grateful Slug apparel are available from the Baytree Bookstore's Grateful Slug store. General UCSC apparel is also availalble.