Guide to the Steve Brown Papers MS.338

Finding aid prepared by Nicholas G. Meriwether
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA, 95064
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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.


Work, General Series 1

Physical Description: 19.0 folders
Box 1, Folder 1

Job Talk, 1972

Box 1, Folder 2

Personal Biography, Resume

Box 1, Folder 3

Calendar, 1973

Box 1, Folder 4

Calendar, 1974-1976

Box 1, Folder 5

Notebook, undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Notebook, 1973

Box 1, Folder 7

Notebook, [1974]

Box 1, Folder 8

Notebook, 1975

Box 1, Folder 9

Notebook, [1976]

Box 1, Folder 10

Notebook, [1976]

Box 1, Folder 11

Personal Expenses, 1974-1976

Box 1, Folder 12

Garcia Interview, Guitar Player, 1975

Box 1, Folder 13

Book Proposal, Garvin/Riester

Box 1, Folder 14

Art Auction, 1976

Box 1, Folder 15

Dead Head Video Project, 1984

Box 1, Folder 16

History of G.D. Records Article

Box 1, Folder 17

G.D. New Year's Eve 1991 Broadcast

Box 1, Folder 18

DVDs: Flashback Jam, Europe '74, Misc.

Box 1, Folder 19

Band Stationery Samples


Promotion Series 2

Physical Description: 17.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 1

Archive Releases: Notes

Box 2, Folder 2

Grateful Dead Records

Box 2, Folder 3

Round Records: Releases

Box 2, Folder 4

Round Records: Publicity

Box 2, Folder 5

Round Records: Promotions

Box 2, Folder 6

Round Records: Production

Box 2, Folder 7

Promotional Ideas, Work

Box 2, Folder 8

Superstone Promo Work

Box 2, Folder 9

Album Track Lists

Box 2, Folder 10

Album/Song List

Box 2, Folder 11

Grateful Dead Songs, Lyrics

Box 2, Folder 12

Grateful Dead Lyric Book

Box 2, Folder 13

Tape Collecting/Concert Taping

Box 2, Folder 14

Press: Concert Reviews, 1976

Box 2, Folder 15

Press: Misc. Articles, Reviews

Box 2, Folder 16


Box 2, Folder 17

Wall of Sound Newsletter Paste-Ups


Production: Concerts Series 3

Physical Description: 11.0 folders
Box 2, Folder 18

Dead Tour, 1973

Box 2, Folder 19

Band Meetings, 1974

Box 2, Folder 21

Grateful Dead Tour, 1974

Box 2, Folder 21

Bob Fried Benefit, 17 June 1975

Box 2, Folder 22

Grateful Dead Tour, June 1976

Box 2, Folder 23

Keith and Donna, Kingfish Tour, 1975

Box 2, Folder 24

Garcia Band: Contract, Rider

Box 2, Folder 25

Garcia Band: Expenses, Misc.

Box 2, Folder 26

Garcia Band: Set Lists

Box 2, Folder 27

Garcia Band: Tours, 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 28

Garcia Band: 8 Oct. 1975 Handbill


Production: Albums, Etc. Series 4

Physical Description: 15.0 folders
Box 3, Folder 1

Production Supplies, Work

Box 3, Folder 2

Grateful Dead Movie: Planning

Box 3, Folder 3

Grateful Dead Movie: Songs

Box 3, Folder 4

Mars Hotel: Graphics

Box 3, Folder 5

Mars Hotel: Programming, Logistics

Box 3, Folder 6

Mars Hotel: Promotional Work

Box 3, Folder 7

Mars Hotel: Session Sheets

Box 3, Folder 8

Mars Hotel: Songs, Lyrics

Box 3, Folder 9

Mars Hotel: Tape/Take Notes

Box 3, Folder 10

Mars Hotel: Tape/Track Charts

Box 3, Folder 11

Wake of the Flood

Box 3, Folder 12

Old and In the Way

Box 3, Folder 13

Pistol Packin' Mama

Box 3, Folder 14

Tiger Rose: Lyrics, Songs

Box 3, Folder 15

Tiger Rose: Production


Correspondence Series 5

Physical Description: 6.0 folders
Box 3, Folder 16

Correspondence: Undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Correspondence: 1972-1976

Box 3, Folder 18

Correspondence: Music Submissions

Box 3, Folder 19

Correspondence: Bobo, Ray

Box 3, Folder 20

Correspondence: Moffett, Frank

Box 3, Folder 21

Correspondence: Relix