Grateful Dead Archive News

  • "Song of Our Own" Exhibit Extended Until June 30
    May 23, 2014
    Due to popular demand, the current Grateful Dead Archive exhibition, "Songs of Our Own: The Art of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon" has been extended into the summer. Visitors can see the more than 150 original works of art on display in the Brittingham Family Foundation Dead Central exhibition room in McHenry Library through the end of June. Starting July 1, the room will be closed for one month for renovation and installation of the next exhibit. Stay tuned for more, and come visit! The exhibition is free and open to the public during normal library hours.
  • Dead Central To Close for Repairs and New Exhibit Installation
    April 7, 2013
    Dead Central, the Library's dedicated exhibition space for the Grateful Dead Archive, will close starting Monday, April 8, while we take down the current exhibition, do some repairs and sprucing up of the space, and install the new exhibit. Check back with us as we make progress and look for an announcement of the opening of the new exhibit, "Songs of Our Own: The Art of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon," soon!
  • New Grateful Dead Archive Blog Entry Published
    November 13, 2012
    The Archive recently received a copy of James D. McCallister's new novel, Fellow Traveler, published by Muddy Ford Press. It joins a growing roster of Deadhead novels, although here the Dead milieu is treated allegorically, challenging fans to recognize the densely-layered allusions and references to the Deadhead experience. For more, see the blog entry penned by Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether.
  • New Blog Posting: The Days Between at the Archive
    August 27, 2012
    Tom White's bronze sculpture of Jerry Garcia's hand, on display outside of Dead Central, McHenry Library.   For Deadheads, the time between Jerry Garcia’s birthday (August 1) and death (August 9) has come to be called The Days Between, after the song of the same name. Since opening in June, the Dead Archive has become a destination for Deadheads, and dozens of fans left cards and flowers outside of Dead Central during that eight-day period of mourning, reflection, and celebration. For more, please see the most recent blog posting by Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether, available here.    
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit
    April 19, 2012
    The Grateful Dead Archive is delighted to participate in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit, “Grateful Dead: The Long Strange Trip.” In addition to loaning nearly one hundred items for the exhibit, the Archive helped provide intellectual and historical context for the items and worked extensively with Howard Kramer to help draft the exhibit text. We’re excited to be sharing the treasures of the Archive with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the thousands of visitors who will make the trip to Cleveland. For more information on the exhibit click here.
  • Grateful Dead Archive Receives New Latvala Donation
    April 28, 2011
    (22)  10-in. reels; (17) 7-inch reels; Technics 1506 reel-to-reel recorder; 0.3 linear feet of files (clippings, correspondence and ephemera). Gift of Rich and Carol Latvala. The Grateful Dead Archive is honored to announce the final accrual for the Dick Latvala Collection, a vital affiliated collection in the larger Grateful Dead Archive.  Personally delivered to UC Santa Cruz’s McHenry Library by Latvala’s son Rich, this generous gift completes the Latvala Collection with a number of important recordings, many in Dick’s inimitably hand-decorated boxes, along with a cache of files. For more information about this wonderful addition to the Archive, please see our blog, at:
  • Classic Haight-Ashbury Book Donated to Archive
    February 28, 2011
    Alexandra Jacopetti. Native Funk & Flash: An Emerging Folk Art. With photographs by Jerry Wainwright. [San Francisco:] Scrimshaw Press, 1974. Softbound, 23 x 26 cm.,  111 pp. Gift of Josh Alpert. This delightful book was recently donated to the Grateful Dead Archive by a colleague who spotted it in a local used book store. It is a remarkable book, documenting a rich vein of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture that birthed the Grateful Dead and that they in turn did so much to nurture, shape, and carry on after the neighborhood’s demise. Its well-illustrated pages document textile art in the Haight-Ashbuy and throughout the broader hippie world in Northern California, focusing on embroidery, quilting, and clothing.  Jacopetti’s story is an important entry in the literature on the Haight and its diaspora: married to well-known Haight habitué Roland, later Ben, Jacopetti, she documents an important feature and legacy of the Haight, clothing art. The book features contributions by both famous and unknown Haight-Ashbury artisans: in classic hippie fashion, Jacopetti celebrates the democratic urge toward decorative dress, documenting the art of transforming mass-produced clothing like blue jeans through embroidery, beadwork, and patchwork, making them personal and expressive; and carrying that instinct through waves of learning, practice, and study, culminating in exquisite mastery. That is one of one of the most difficult aspects of the Haight-Ashbury milieu to convey, and this book captures and expresses that attitude, philosophy, and continuum, directly and indirectly, often within a single paragraph: There aren’t any patterns in this book because the patterns are all within, languishing and longing, like dreams, for expression. Don’t be daunted by lack of skill or technique; there are scores of books and several friends who can teach you French knots or chain stitch and, God knows, we’ve lost a lot of other skills since Grandma’s day. Many of the pieces here are amateurish by her standards, but do heed the message from within, and try to break through the channel of these visual images. (12) But fundamentally, what Jacopetti’s book reminds readers is the degree to which the Haight-Ashbury’s mosaic of beliefs and expressions did combine to form a worldview that has much to commend it, and whose achievement can be measured in so many of its arts. While the bands and the poster artists are the most obvious artistic legacies of the Haight, what participants also remember is the dazzling array of arts and crafts that defined that foggy little neighborhood adjoining Golden Gate Park and energized its participants into making community. Native Funk and Flash is one of the rare documents of that broader ethos, and the Archive is most grateful to our colleague and friend, Librarian Josh Alper, for making this gift. (For a more extended version of this essay, see the Archive’s blog here.)
  • Rare Interview with Jerry Garcia Donated to Grateful Dead Archive
    November 22, 2010
    John Zorn, “A Conversation with Jerry Garcia.” Radio Smithsonian #1034, n.d. (1) 7-in. reel, 7-1/2 ips, stereo, 28:38 min. Gift of Michael Bryant, KZSC radio. This remarkable interview recording was just donated to the Grateful Dead Archive by Michael Bryant, Broadcast Advisor for the UC Santa Cruz campus radio station, KZSC. Bryant found it, along with a large cache of other reels, when a faulty HVAC system revealed the tapes—blocking the air vents. Like a good archivist, he vetted the tapes for unique content and for preservation challenges, and when he invited Nicholas Meriwether, Grateful Dead Archivist, to tour the station recently, he pointed them out. “I was impressed at what KZSC students and staff recorded over the years,” Meriwether commented. “These tapes span the gamut, from interviews such as this to a wealth of local performances by noted jazz musicians, blues singers, and rock bands.” Although no unique Dead performances surfaced, a rare interview with Garcia is even more valuable to the Archive and its mission. Once it is digitized, it will be made available to researchers as part of the interview and oral history materials being curated in the Archive. “Even broadcast interviews don’t necessarily survive,” Meriwether explained, “which makes gifts like this all the more vital.” The Archive is most grateful to Michael Bryant for his stewardship and generosity, and plans are underway for the Archive to collaborate with KZSC to help them preserve this treasure trove of material .
  • Grateful Dead Archive Receives Dead-Related Sixties Novel Typescript
    November 18, 2010
    Trent Eglin, "The Incredible Dog Act." Unpublished novel typescript, 314 pp., spiral bound, 8.5 x 11 in. The Dead Archive receives donations every week, of every imaginable type: rare handbills and posters documenting the nooks and crannies of the Grateful Dead’s history, evocative and thoughtful letters  detailing the Deadhead experience, as well as art, T-shirts, interviews, and more. From an archival perspective, the sheer dazzling variety and richness of these gifts is both a confirmation and a celebration of the mission of the Archive to document the Grateful Dead experience, and the community it still defines to this day. The Archive’s commitment to curating these often unusual artifacts complements  a broader, more conventional archival mandate: to collect and document the wider cultural arcs that infused and were in turn influenced by the Dead. That means ensuring that traditional archival voices and materials have a place as well, such as rare books and even author’s manuscripts.  One recent gift is Santa Cruz area novelist Trent Eglin’s “The Incredible Dog Act,” a 313-page typescript of an unpublished novel set in the tumult of the sixties in Southern California and the Bay Area. Although not focused on the Dead, they play a supporting role throughout, from dances at the Fillmore to lyric quotes that demonstrate the author’s deep understanding of the band, their oeuvre, and most importantly, the depth and complexity of their interconnections with the counterculture and the 1960s. Even the famed Skull and Roses poster serves as a critical background motif for one memorable scene. We’re most grateful to Eglin for this delightful addition to the Archive. Fiction provides a way of documenting the vast and often subtle ways that the Dead phenomenon permeates our culture, and Eglin’s fine novel is an example of one of the ways that process unfolds. For more information about this wonderful gift, please see our blog.
  • Recent Gift Shows the first "Tennessee Jed"
    November 1, 2010
    “Tennessee Jed / Star of Tip-Top Bread / Thrilling Radio Program.” 1 postcard, B&W, 3 x 4.75 in. About near fine (slight general wear, especially to top). Gift of George Michalski. This rare postcard documents the radio program of the same name, starring Johnny Thomas as Tennessee Jed Sloan, who traveled the West with his trusted horse Smoky and his squirrel gun, fighting bad guys and outwitting their schemes. A popular serial, the show was sponsored by the Tip-Top Bread Company, and ran for two years, from 1945 through 1947. Fifteen programs are available today from The Old-Time Radio Catalog, and David Goldin has done a fine job cataloging the shows and their content here. If Hunter was specifically drawing on this show as an antecedent for his song, it would be difficult to pin down exactly how: Hunter’s protagonist is much more of a sad-sack than Thomas’s (and later Don MacLaughlin’s) depiction of an eagle-eye marksman whose exploits over the show’s two years ended up with him as a White House special agent. (Indeed, one wonders whether this show served as a precedent for the 1960s television hit, The Wild West West.) David Dodd first pointed out the existence of this show in his Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics site, but did not suggest that it served as an actual antecedent or inspiration for Hunter. Nor is that likely, given the difference in Hunter’s protagonist and the radio show hero. The lack of a direct influence does not make it irrelevant, however: indeed, for Dead scholars, this item illustrates how rich Hunter’s allusions are, documenting in particular how his reservoir of Western Americana runs both wide and deep, drawn from popular culture as well as literature and history. The Archive is grateful to James Skolnik for helping to facilitate this donation, and to noted San Francisco musician and collector George Michalski for his generosity and sharp eyes in acquiring and donating this wonderful artifact.
  • Embroidered stealies
    June 15, 2010
    The Grateful Dead Archive recently received a spectacular gift from Dave Yasui of Toronto. He sent us a tie-dyed Steal Your Face panel emblazoned with colorful embroidered patches made in Kathmandu Nepal. Dave is a yearly visitor to Nepal since 1990 but a lifelong Deadhead. We recently sent this piece up for display at the Furthur Festival in Mountain Aire, California (May 28th -30th.) It was part of a special Grateful Dead memorabilia exhibit that included artifacts from the Archive, band members' instruments, and artwork.
  • New York City exhibit extended
    June 15, 2010
    Tour manager Sam Cutler in his memoir  You Can't Always Get What You Want (just released in paperback by Ecw Press) talks about the Dead in New York City: "The Grateful Dead loved New York City and I loved being there with them. It was all such an adventure. It felt like it was the place where the future began. There was also the happy and slightly mischievous feeling that we were in town to show those east coast people a thing or two, to lay out our west coast musical wares with humour and panache and to generally get inside the city slickers' heads California-style."  And it looks like everyone in New York still loves the Grateful Dead. So much so that the current exhibit from the Grateful Dead Archive up at the New York Historical Society will be extended through Labor Day. Enjoy the summer and enjoy the Grateful Dead.
  • Join Us for a Private Tour of
    May 5, 2010
    The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society Led by: Bill Kreutzmann and Nicholas Meriwether, Grateful Dead Archivist When: Wednesday, May 26th, 6 - 9 p.m. Where: 136 E 74th St., Upper East Side We will gather at the home of alumna Michelle Vrebalovich and Asher Edelman for wine, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation with Bill and Nicholas.  The tour begins at 8 p.m. at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. $250 per person. Limit of 40 participants. Tickets at ____________________________________________________
  • Grateful Dead Archive Safe
    April 16, 2010
    A fire that occurred in the construction area of McHenry Library was successfully controlled by the UCSC and city fire departments late Thursday night. People have been inquiring about the Grateful Dead Archive. We're happy to report it is completely safe and contrary to some media reports it was not stored anywhere near to the fire. No persons or other library collections were affected.
  • "Deadicated" Archivist
    April 7, 2010
    We are so very pleased to let everyone know that Nicholas Meriwether will soon be joining us here as the Grateful Dead Archivist. Nick has been on the forefront of Dead scholarship for many years, and as David Gans says he is "the embodiment of academic passion and scholarly dedication." We know Nick has a deep understanding of the historical importance and meaning of the Archive and he has a vision for sharing this unique resource with fans and researchers.  And Jon Stewart thought a miracle couldn't happen.... For the full press release on Nicholas Meriwether's appointment please go to:  
  • Soundcheck March 2010
    March 23, 2010
    John Schaefer of WYNC's Soundcheck radio program produced a two part program "The Grateful Dead in Gotham"; on March 19th. You can listen to both segments at: The first is an interview with Nina Nazionale, co curator of the NYHS exhibit. The second "The Dead: Captains of Industry" looks at how the Grateful Dead sparked new ideas in the music business. Joshua Green of The Atlantic magazine explains their savvy innovations in fan relations. And Rebecca Adams, a University of North Carolina-Greensboro sociology professor, talks about what can be learned from studying Dead fans.  
  • Rolling Stone coverage
    March 22, 2010
    "If you want to know how the Dead was built, this is where you would go... the archive tells the whole story" says Mickey Hart about the Grateful Dead Archive in the April 1, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone. David Browne gives us a wonderful write up in his article "Higher Education: The Dead Donate Archives to University." With insights from original archivist Eileen Law, from band members, and from UCSC music professor Fred Lieberman, Browne discusses why the Archive is so important to scholars, and why it's attracting so much attention.
  • Reviews of exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
    March 16, 2010
     Since its opening on March 5th, the exhibit of Grateful Dead Archive material at the New-York Historical Society has received wonderful reviews from fans and from the press. Articles, including one by Larry Rohter of the New York Times and Josh Getlin (a UCSC alum) in the Los Angeles Times focus not only on the exhibit but on the importance of the Archive for research and study. See this PDF file to read the news clippings.  
  • Reviews of exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
    March 16, 2010
     Since its opening on March 5th, the exhibit of Grateful Dead Archive material at the New-York Historical Society has received wonderful reviews from fans and from the press. Articles, including one by Larry Rohter of the New York Times and Josh Getlin (a UCSC alum) in the Los Angeles Times focus not only on the exhibit but on the importance of the Archive for research and study. See this PDF file to read the news clippings: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  
  • Share the Excitement of the Grateful Dead Archive Exhibit at the New York Historical Society
    February 25, 2010
    Bid on duplicate items from the Archive at Own a piece of Grateful Dead memorabilia.
  • Grateful Dead Archive featured in The Atlantic magazine
    February 25, 2010
    Joshua Green in this month's The Atlantic Magazine discusses the phenomena of Dead studies, Dead scholars, and the appropriate location of Santa Cruz as the home of the Grateful Dead Archive. Mr. Green spent several days with us last year, and his article is insightful and articulate. He gives all the reasons why we're honored to steward this important Archive and make it accessible to fans and scholars. "The Grateful Dead Archive, scheduled to open soon at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will be a mecca for academics of all stripes: from ethno musicologists to philosophers, sociologists to historians. But the biggest beneficiaries may prove to be business scholars and management theorists, who are discovering that the Dead were visionary geniuses in the way they created “customer value,” promoted social networking, and did strategic business planning...." Find the entire article at You may also want to read "Grateful Dead Scholarship," Joshua Green's recommended reading for would-be Dead students, which is linked as a sidebar.
  • The Age of Acid Rock
    February 25, 2010
    The Archive has just received a remarkable photographic portfolio gifted to us by the highly esteemed photographic artist Herb Greene. The Age of Acid Rock was produced in collaboration with Palm Press in 2006 and includes 39 gelatin silver prints. Each archivally processed print is titled and signed by the artist. The photographs were all taken between 1966 and 1972 (the classic age of acid rock) and include portraits of musicians, singers, and other cultural figures ranging from Janis Joplin and Grace Slick to British rockers Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart, and from Bill Graham to Rick Griffin and Neal Cassady. The Archive holds a large selection of photographs Greene took of the Grateful Dead over a number of years including ones with Bob Dylan. Greene has published several photographic books including Book of the Dead: Celebrating 25 Years with the Grateful Dead (New York: Delacorte Press, 1990). His work can be viewed at his web site: To hear Herb Greene speak about his work and to see many of the pieces from The Age of Acid Rock go here.
  • Ancient Footprints Are Everywhere
    February 25, 2010
    More than 300 persons attended a NYHS fund raiser and previewed the upcoming exhibit "The Grateful Dead: Now Showing at the New York Historical Society" on October 21st. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with others including Jeff Chimenti, keyboardist in Rat Dog, were in attendance and thrilled everyone by playing "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and the Dead's old standard "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad". We were sent photos of the event and want to share them with you here.
  • Tie-Dye Sky
    February 25, 2010
    On the night of October 20th the Empire State Building tied one on in honor of the Grateful Dead. The blaze of colors was viewed by many and captured by Holter Graham on video. Holter has now sent the link to his digital file to the Archive. Enjoy one of the wonders of the modern world garbed in psychedelia here.
  • Grateful Dead Archive at the New York Historical Society
    February 23, 2010
    Opening March 5 and running through July 4, 2010 the first exhibition of material from the Grateful Dead Archive will be shown at the New York Historical Society, an educational and research institution with exhibitions and programs that "reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today." Entitled, THE GRATEFUL DEAD: NOW PLAYING AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY the exhibit "will chronicle the history of the Grateful Dead, its music, and phenomenal longevity through an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions. Exhibition highlights from the archive will include concert and recording posters, album art, large-scale marionettes and other stage props, banners, and vast stores of decorated fan mail. Together, these materials provide unique glimpses into the political and social upheavals and artistic awakenings of the 1960s and 1970s, a tumultuous and transformative period that has shaped our current cultural and political landscape. The exhibition will examine how the Grateful Dead's origin in northern California in the mid-1960s was informed by the ideology and spirit of both the Beat Generation and the burgeoning Hippie scene, including experimentation with LSD and the Acid Tests. The exhibition will also explore the way in which the band's refusal to follow the established rules of the record industry revealed an unexpected business savvy that led to both innovations in a rapidly changing music industry and also a host of consumer-driven marketing enrichments that kept fans in frequent contact with the band. The Grateful Dead's time in New York will be viewed in the context of cultural traditions and events unique to New York, but also as yet another stop on a long, strange touring trip that included dates in New York, San Francisco, and everywhere in between. The Grateful Dead's two core philosophies—an emphasis on live, spontaneous performances and a singular dedication to their fans—inspired the band's almost continual touring, another key part of their identity. As the band crisscrossed the country, from coast to coast, they played in and around New York City on a regular basis, from early dates at Greenwich Village coffeehouses, impromptu performances in Central Park and at Columbia University during the 1968 Student Strike; to concerts at mid-sized venues, including the Fillmore East, The Academy of Music and the 46th Street Rock Palace in Brooklyn during the 1970s; and, ultimately, to performances at larger halls and stadiums such as Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Giants Stadium."
  • Grateful Dead Archive Fundraiser
    September 15, 2009
    On Thursday Sept. 17th UCSC alum and CEO of Chronicle Books Nion McEvoy hosted a fundraising party for the Grateful Dead Archive at his home in San Francisco. Lots of folk from the Bay Area with an interest in supporting UCSC's efforts to make the archive publically accessible showed up.  We're seeking funds to enable a dedicated Grateful Dead Archivist to steward the collection, and to help bring our vision of a Virtual Terrapin Station with full digital content into reality. Amongst the crowd was Mickey Hart, who told some great tales about playing in the band, serenading Julia Butterfly while she lived in "Luna", and doing some gigs with Mickey & the Daylites. Mickey claimed to be quite astonished at the amount of research queries we've already received regarding the Grateful Dead, and he loved the idea of a digital archive. The San Francisco Chronicle's Leah Garchik -- one of the evening's guests-- quoted Mickey as saying "Jerry would be laughing his head off, because now we're going into cyberspace. That's what all this is about to spread whatever this was worth around the world."   And the whole evening got a fabulous write up in The Bigelow Report of September 24th. Read it here at: If YOU want to support the Grateful Dead Archive please go to:
  • Virtual Terrapin Station Receives Major IMLS Grant
    September 15, 2009
    With bells on our toes we're happy to let everyone know that the UCSC Library has been awarded one of the Institute for Museum and Library Services' prestigious National Leadership Grants.  ( We just found out that the proposal we submitted earlier this year to support the digitization of the Grateful Dead Archive was favorably approved and we are to receive $615,175 for our project "Creating a Virtual Terrapin Station: Blending Traditional & Socially Constructed Archives for Research and Teaching." As Ginny Steel, our University Librarian, says," this will put the UCSC Library right at the forefront in making archival content available." Funding from this federal institute supports the nation's libraries and museums and sustains American heritage, culture and knowledge.  Our IMLS grant will allow us to digitize materials from the Grateful Dead Archive and make them accessible in a unique and cutting-edge Web site, the Virtual Terrapin Station. The site will provide access to materials, and tools to facilitate public contributions to the Archive. As summarized in the IMLS' site about this year's awardees: "This project will enable the university to convert a significant part of a traditional archive to digital form and make it available online while simultaneously experimenting with the impact of fostering, creating, and curating a large, socially constructed archive. The project will develop a click-through permissions form for content contributors and will extend the reach of the Grateful Dead Archive to the academic research community. It will also implement and contribute to the development of the IMLS-funded exhibition tool, Omeka ("  
  • Grateful Dead Scrapbook
    September 14, 2009
    Here is some big splashy news: our very good friends at Chronicle Books have just announced the publication of the Grateful Dead Scrapbook.   It collects a trove of rare removable memorabilia and evocative images culled from our very own Grateful Dead Archives here at UCSC. That's right, facsimiles of never-before-published photos, flyers, fan letters, and other eye-popping visuals are to be found. Renowned journalist Ben Fong-Torres contributes "a rich text that tells the band's story in a fresh way, centering each chapter on a pivotal song that encapsulates a certain era of the band's songwriting, performance, and community, and drawing on his personal knowledge of the San Francisco music scene and the band." It's all bound in an eye-catching slipcase and includes an audio CD.   Here's what Chronicle Books says of the author:   Ben Fong-Torres is the author of six books. He began writing for Rolling Stone with its 8th issue in 1968, and his writing has been published in numerous other magazines, including the main biography of Jerry Garcia for People Magazine's Tribute issue on the occasion of the singer's death in 1995. He lives in San Francisco.  
  • Shoreline May 10th and 14th 2009
    September 14, 2009
    We all had a really fine time at the two sold out Shoreline concerts. We heard great music, inhaled a lot of bar-b-que smoke, and got lots of compliments on our tie-dye. (Here we are in our bright but sensible button-down Oxford attire. Hey, we had to let people know we're from a library!) The scene was just right and the community was genuine. So many wonderful people stopped by to donate to the Archive and to tell us how excited they are to see all the stuff in Santa Cruz. We happily saw old friends like photographer Herb Greene and met many new UCSC and local college students all keeping the dream alive.
  • Last Shipment March 2009
    September 14, 2009
    Our last shipment from the Dead's warehouse was made March 25th. The last pieces out included the large oak table used for band meetings. It's big enough (over 13 feet long) for the whole Dead family to sit around, and our movers testified to its very solid construction. Rumor has it Alan Trist of Ice Nine Publishing found this table in a European monastery and had it shipped to San Raphael. There is a story here we need to get for the Archive.  Also on board the last truckload was the really spectacular hand made roundel with glittering Steal Your Face logo inlay. Both pieces are destined for Dead Central. Click here to see photos.
  • Dead Symphony no. 6 August 2009
    August 8, 2009
    Lee Johnson, composer of the Dead Symphony no. 6, performed at the Cabrillo Music Festival, presented the work's score to the Grateful Dead Archive. Click here to read more. The 2009 Cabrillo Music Festival features Sugar Magnolia: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead on Sunday, August 9th. Rave-Elation by Matthew Hindson and Dead Symphony no. 6 by Lee Johnson will be performed. Read more....
  • Mickey Hart at UCSC May 28, 2009
    May 27, 2009
    On Thursday of this week a Dead Alert went out on campus announcing that Mickey Hart was to lecture in Fred Lieberman's class "Music of the Grateful Dead." Lieberman and Hart are co-authors of several books including Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Planet Drum, and Spirit into Sound. Their shared interest in ethnomusicology and long-term friendship was evident. Mickey spent a very lively two hours, first talking about the recent tour of The Dead and then the "Universe of Sound" that occurred sometime during each night of the performances. He took questions from students on a full range of topics from favorite percussionists to play with to ideas about sonic experiences from Huygens to Smoot. Lots of hilarious anecdotal comments got revealed. Mickey said if there is one word that epitomized the Grateful Dead (and now hopefully The Dead) it's entrainment. He described the harmonic place musicians often feel when there is a synchronization of rhythms-- celestial vibrations captured from the Big Bang to the rhythm internally felt in the body and those encountered from the external natural world (think rainforest and crickets.) "Touring the Universe of Sound" is available at for all 22 nights of the recent tour. You can tune in and drop (into outer space that is).
  • McHenry Library small exhibit April 2009
    April 19, 2009
    Now that the final items from the Grateful Dead's warehouse have arrived in Santa Cruz we've started to organize and make an inventory of the contents.  We won't be making the Archive publically accessible until the debut of Dead Central in the newly renovated McHenry Library now scheduled to open summer 2010. Until then, we've put together a small sample of what will be found in the Archive into two exhibition cases. These are located adjacent to the Special Collections' Reading Room within the Visual Resources Collection in the McHenry Addition. Hours to view the material during regular academic quarters are Mondays-Thursdays 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fridays 9:00-5:00, and Sundays 1:00-6:00 pm. We'll be rotating the contents of the cases every academic quarter. Here is what's currently on display: • Issues of the Golden Road, a Grateful Dead fanzine published by Blair Jackson and Regan McMahon • Dead Head Newsletter, # 6 November 1972 and #9 April 1973, Ice Nine Publishing Co. • The Book of the Dead, from England '72 • Envelopes, hand decorated by fans when requesting concert tickets • Sample tickets, backstage passes, DeadBase stickers • Insert for Garcia, 1974 Round Record release • Concert Program for 1983/1984 with memoriam for Pigpen McKernan • Bam, August 1978 concert review • Rolling Stone magazine Sept. 21, 1995, memorial issue to Jerry Garcia • Tape reel from Dick's Picks, with notes by Dick Latvala • Herb Greene photo "Barbershop Haight St. Next to MNASIDIKA", 1967 • Herb Green photo "First Publicity Photo for Warner Brothers" taken on Haight St., 1967 • Amalie Rothschild photo "Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East January 2, 1970" • The Dead Red Rocks 2003 tour poster designed by Richard Biffle • The Grateful Dead 1965-1973 Golden Road poster designed by J. Austin Click here to see some photos of the exhibit cases.
  • Music of the Grateful Dead at UCSC April 2009
    April 14, 2009
    This Spring Quarter  at UCSC sees the return of Professor Fred Lieberman's popular course offerings on the Grateful Dead. Lieberman is teaching both the "Music of the Grateful Dead" with an enrollment of 400 undergraduate students, as well as an upper division Seminar on the Music of the Grateful Dead. Lieberman presents an in-depth exploration of the music, and a contextual study of the sociology and history of the late 1960s psychedelic movement supplies background for study of the music as the band evolved through time.
  • The Dead '09: Shoreline
    April 9, 2009
    We'll be there. For those of you catching a miracle and being lucky enough to get tickets for the two Shoreline, Mountain View concerts of The Dead '09 tour on May 10th and 14th, stop by the UCSC Grateful Dead Archive booth, say hello, and help us out financially. We'll be there and we'll be fundraising to help process and preserve the Archive.  Any amount helps and goes to pay for supplies, equipment and staffing -- all needed to secure the Archive for the future and to make it accessible to fans and scholars now. We'll be selling Grateful Slug t-shirts and also taking donations. (If you're from out of the area and still want to contribute , here's how to make a donation: Online gifts can be made at: T-Shirts can be ordered here.
  • Latvala visit March 2009
    March 31, 2009
    We've mentioned that the Archive recently acquired all of Dick Latvala's original tapes. We just got together with Carol Latvala and Rich (Dick and Carol's son) to transfer Dick's notebooks to the Archive. These are the lists that Dick made of concerts, including set lists and commentary.  Here are a few samples and a photo of Rich and Carol. We hope to scan and share a lot of these pages soon.
  • Friends
    March 31, 2009
    We've also just started a Friends of the Grateful Dead Archive Facebook page. It's getting lots of activity, and we feel beloved. Please join us.
  • Domains R US
    March 14, 2009
    We finally did it, now we too have a realm, a range, and a field of thought, influence and responsibility. and  now "belong" to us, and we're re-directing traffic to these sites.
  • Grateful Dead Caucus February 2009
    January 30, 2009
    UCSC University Librarian Ginny Steel, recently attended the 30th Annual Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Associations meeting Feb. 25-28 in Albuquerque. She delivered a well-received paper on the Grateful Dead Archive and is letting us post her PowerPoint presentation here. For more about this annual conference see our blog posting of February 1, 2009.
  • Cataloging monos, media, & serials January 2009
    January 15, 2009
    We've also gone through the library of books, journals, video and audio recordings that came in with the Archive. Included were books and articles by and on the band members, Robert Hunter's poetry, lots of songbooks, titles on psychedelic posters and graphic art, cookbooks by Deadheads, etc. All great reference material. All titles have been entered in Cruzcat, the UCSC Library's online catalog:
  • Archive work area January 2009
    January 10, 2009
    Lots of people have asked us about what we've been doing before we get to move into Dead Central. Here's a little glimpse of our processing work area, with the office file cabinets from 5th and Lincoln,--note the original decals and bumper stickers. Lots of boxes of material are now up on shelves and we've hung the incomparable original Stanley Mouse/Mouse Studio airbrush drawings of the band members from the Workingman's Dead back cover. Couldn't have better inspiration!
  • Dick's Picks
    December 22, 2008
    In November 2008 we acquired over 500 analog reel to reel recordings from the family of Dick Latvala. Dick, a taper extraordinaire and hardcore tape collector was also the tape archivist for the Grateful Dead. Most of the recordings are from Dick’s personal collection from his early 1970s to mid 1980s tape trading days before he started working for the Dead, the rest are tapes from various sources from late 1980s to mid 1990s. We’ll be making an inventory list of the tapes available soon. Some of Dick’s personal notes and colorful, entertaining observations accompany these live concert recordings.  (Click here for samples.) Our thanks to Carol Latvala for offering us this important and very personal original collection of the ultimate taper. And thanks too to Dick’s friends for supporting the collection coming to Special Collections: Michael Klein, Steve Bernstein, Roger MacNamee, Emanuel Stern, Bill Walton, Tom Marano, and Brian Harris. To get a good idea of Dick’s commentary see the web site dedicated to him, where scans from his notebooks are available: And to view Dick at work see:
  • Making the move to Santa Cruz
    December 8, 2008
    We've started packing and moving the Archives to UCSC. With the help of original archivist Eileen Law and long time associate and accountant for the Dead, Nancy Mallonee we've been boxing up material and arranging for the transport to UCSC's McHenry Library.