Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the Steve Brown Papers MS.338
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (83.58 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Biography
  • Access
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Related Collections
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information

  • Title: Steve Brown Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.338
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet (3) document boxes
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1973-1976
    Date (inclusive): 1968-2013
    Abstract: The collection documents Brown's involvement with the Grateful Dead, focusing on the years 1972-1976, when he worked for both Round Records and Grateful Dead Records in a variety of capacities. In addition to tours by the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band, and Kingfish, the collection documents Brown's work on a number of projects, including the LPs Mars Hotel, Old and In the Way, Tiger Rose, Pistol Packin' Mama, and The Grateful Dead Movie.
    creator: Brown, Steve, (Steven H.), 1944-


    Steve Brown (1944- ) was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Commodore Sloat Elementary School, Aptos Junior High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, and San Francisco City College, where he earned his Associate of Arts Degree in 1965 as a Broadcast Major. After working at KSFO Radio from 1961-1965, he worked in record sales and promotion from 1965-1967, while also managing the rock band, Friendly Stranger. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1966-1971. His active duty (June 1967-December 1968) was in the San Diego Navy Public Information Office recording studio, making music tapes for the ships' entertainment systems in the 7th Fleet, with two tours of Vietnam recording audio with a Naval Operations film crew. He used his Navy-issued reel-to-reel tape deck to record the Dead at their famed free concert on Haight Street, March 3, 1968. While on active duty, he moonlighted as underground DJ "O.B. Jetty" at KPRI-FM San Diego, from 1967-1969. After an honorable discharge, he was head album buyer for a San Francisco wholesale record distributor, (1970-1972), where he learned that the Dead wanted to start their own record company and applied for a job. In spring 1973 he went to work for Grateful Dead Records and Round Records, serving in several capacities, including album promotion (1973-1978), staffing the Grateful Dead Records promo/sign-up booth during the 1974 concert tour, handling album session production and overseeing album art production (1973-1978), and production and post-production assistant for "The Grateful Dead Movie" (1974-1976). After leaving the Grateful Dead in 1978, he was Associate Producer at Seen Sal Inc., producing benefit concerts from 1978-1982, going on to serve as Operations Manager for Pacifica Community Television (1982-1988) and Video Project Lab Instructor at Skyline College in San Bruno (1982-1992). After that, he worked as Independent Producer for Pacifica Films (1992-2002), going on to be Video Producer for Pacifica Community Television/Pacific Coast Television, from 2002- present. He is divorced with one daughter.


    This collection is processed and available for research.

    Preferred Citation

    Steve Brown Papers, MS 338. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection comprises correspondence, business papers, notes, drafts and manuscripts of published articles, notebooks, calendars, ephemera, clippings, photographs, and DVDs related to Brown's work for the Grateful Dead.
    The collection is divided into 5 series: Work, General; Promotion; Production: Concerts; Production: Albums, etc.; and Correspondence.

    Related Collections

    1. MS 332 Grateful Dead Collection, Series 1-12.
    2. MS 52 David Dodd Grateful Dead Collection
    3. MS 224 Stu Nixon Collection
    4. MS 333 Dick Latvala Papers
    5. MS 334 Herb Greene Photographs
    6. MS 335 Garcia Memorial Collection
    7. MS 336 Dennis McNally Papers
    8. MS 339 Acid Test Poster Modern Variant Reprints
    9. MS 340 David Singer Posters
    10. MS 343 Elizabeth Cohen Collection
    11. MS 344 Susana Millman Slide Collection
    12. MS 345 John R. Dwork Collection
    13. MS 346 Grateful Dead Bean Bears Collection
    14. MS 350 Deadhead Contributions - in process


    The collection is arranged according to the broad divisions of the creator's work: general work, promotion, concert production, album and other production, and correspondence. These divisions and their arrangement reflect the original arrangement as much as was practicable. Materials were refoldered, with additional files created, and fragile materials were rehoused.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Nicholas G. Meriwether.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Garcia, Jerry, 1942-1995
    Grateful Dead (Musical group)
    Grateful Dead Productions.