Grateful Dead Records: History

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Grateful Dead Records: History

Collection number: MS 332 Ser.1

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Special Collections & Archives Processing Unit
Date Completed:
August 2012 (1st accural)
Encoded by:
M. Carey
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Grateful Dead Records: History
Bulk Dates: 1950-2010
Collection number: MS 332 Ser.1
Creator: Grateful Dead Productions
Collection Size: 37 boxes

25 framed items
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Contains limited biographical material about the band, band members and awards given to the band.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

This collection is closed for processing. Please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu for further information.

Publication Rights

Property rights to the physical objects reside with the University of California. To inquire about the copyright of material in this series, please contact the Grateful Dead Archivist at: grateful@ucsc.edu

Preferred Citation

Grateful Dead Records: History. MS 332 Ser.1. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Grateful Dead Productions, April 2008

Alternative Forms of Material Available

Selected images may be viewed at the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) beginning in June 2012.

Accurals

The first accural was received in 2008. Second accural was received in June 2012. Additional accurals are expected.

Processing Information

The series is being processed using MPLP which means materials were refoldered, rehoused and very minimally processed.

Biography

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 contains biographical material on the band members and miscellaneous published historical articles about the Grateful Dead. Some unpublished articles and personal correspondence and writings by band and family members are also included. Awards, which were received by the band, are part of this series.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Grateful Dead (Music Group)--Archives
Grateful Dead Productions
Deadheads (Music Fans)
Concert Tours

Additional Grateful Dead Records Finding Aids

Related Collections

  • MS 52 David Dodd Grateful Dead Collection  
  • MS 224 Stu Nixon Collection 
  • MS 333 Dick Latvala Papers - in process
  • MS 334 Herb Greene Photographs - in process
  • MS 335 Teresa Garcia Memorial Collection - in process
  • MS 336 Dennis McNally Papers - in process
  • MS 339 Acid Test Poster Modern Variant Reprints - in process
  • MS 340 David Singer Posters - in process
  • MS 342 Nicholas G. Meriwether Poster Collection - in process
  • MS 343 Elizabeth Cohen Collection - in process
  • MS 344 Susana Millman Slide Collection - in process
  • MS 345 John R. Dwork Papers - in process
  • MS 346 Grateful Dead Bean Bears Collection - in process
  • MS 350 Deadheads Contributions - in process
  • MS 420 Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus Papers - in process

Separated Material

The books have been removed and cataloged separately.
Media has been removed and cataloged separately.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 History ca. 1950-2010

Physical Description: Box 1-3

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a limited amount of biographical material and historical material about the band members and the band.

Arrangement

The material is arranged chronologically.
box 1

1963-1969

box 1

1971-1979

box 1

1980-1995

box 1

1998

box 1

2000-2005

box 1

undated

box 1

Awards & Certificates 1994-1999

box 1

Bay Area Music Awards 1987-1988, 1990

box 1

Grateful Dead - early publicity 1967-1969

box 1

Grateful Dead Tour List by Dennis McNally 1961-1981

box 1

John Perry Barlow - email & Barlowgram 1991-1999

box 1

Mickey Hart

box 1

Early photographs undated

box 1

Mystery Box biography undated

box 1

Robert Hunter

box 1

An Elegy for Jerry 8/11/1995

box 1

"Letter to Garcia" August 1996

box 1

The Mailbag Special Edition: replies to "Letter to Garcia" August 1996

box 2

Lyrics (photocopies from Hunter's archive) 1996, undated

box 2

Journal

 

1995

 

March-July 1996

 

August-December 1996

 

January-March 1997

 

April-December 1997

 

January-April 1998

 

2001

 

2005

box 2

Willie Legate undated

box 2

New Riders of the Purple Stage 1969-1971

box 2

Bob Weir: interview with Henry Tenenbaum, biography, photo 1982

box 2

Phil Lesh 1982-2010

box 2

The Phil Zone 1997-1999

box 2

The Other Ones 1999

box 2

Brent Mydland 2002

box 2

Not Fade Away: The Online World Remembers Jerry Garcia by David Gans, ed. 1995

box 3

Jerry Garcia

box 3

Biographies Undated

box 3

Guitars 1991-2005

box 3

Guernsey's Auction - guitars 2002-2002

box 3

Early photographs ca. 1950-1963

box 3

The Hart Valley Drifters: early photographs 1962

box 3

Artwork (photocopies) 1964, 1973, 1980, undated

box 3

Signature forgeries 1969-1971, 2002-2004

box 3

"Horror Story": imposter stalker 1976

box 3

Canadian immigration 1977

box 3

Garcia & Suzanne Stephens: bank account statements June-October 1993

box 3

"J. Garcia Designs": artwork, exhibits 1993-2000

box 3

Harringtion Street by J. Garcia 1995

box 3

Interview with Randy Groenke: 710 Ashbury February-March 1967 1996

box 3

Humor 1997

box 3

Maillo Postelwait: J. Garcia's handprint 1997-1998

box 3

"Stoned Sunday Rap" with Charles Reich & Carolyn Garcia 1972, 1997

box 3

Lyrics & sound cues, annotated by Garcia undated

 

Series 2 Awards 1972-2005

Physical Description: Box 4-3725 framed items

Scope and Content Note

Contains 3 dimensional awards and framed awards.

Arrangement

The material was inventoried as boxed. Consequently the box numbers and dates are not in order. The framed material at the end of the list has no box numbers.
box 4

"Our Thanks and Appreciation to a One in a Million Group, The Grateful Dead has played to over one million people at Giants Stadium & Meadowlands Arena, a feat never before achieved in concert history, August 3-4, 1994" 1994

Physical Description: 2 - 10" x 7" x 4" awards
box 5

Miami Arena Sold Out - October 14, 1988 - for Grateful Dead 1988

Physical Description: 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" glass block
box 5

"Performance; The International Touring Talent Weekly, 1991 Readers Poll Award Winner; Stadium Tour of the Year for Grateful Dead" 1991

Physical Description: 8" x 10" plaque
box 5

Performance; The International Touring Talent Publications - Stadium Tour of the Year - Grateful Dead 1995

Physical Description: 2 piece octagonal lucite award
box 5

Music DVD Award The Grateful Dead Movie, Grateful Dead Productions - Best Special Features/Bonus Material Finalist Presented by Home Media Retailing 2005

Physical Description: 4" x 6" glass plaque
box 6

Bay Area Music Awards: 1978 Best Group for Grateful Dead 1978

Physical Description: 5 1/2" metal plaque
box 6

Performance; The International Touring Talent Weekly, 1987 Readers Poll Award Winner; Performance Touring Hall of Fame Award for Grateful Dead 1987

Physical Description: 8" x 10" plaque
box 6

"You Made History" Field Trip 1990 - June 23-24 - Autzen Stadium for Grateful Dead /Little Feat - "Largest Concert Event In Oregon History, Thank You For Your Participation" - Double Tee Promotions Inc. & Bill Graham Presents" 1990

Physical Description: 6" x 8" plaque with laminated card
box 6

Bass Tickets Ticket Master Licensee: Award of Appreciation 1990, "In a Class by Yourself" for Grateful Dead 1990

Physical Description: 7" x 9" plaque
box 6

Cable Car Award: 1990 Outstanding Board of Directors Special Award for The Grateful Dead In Concert Against AIDS 1990

Physical Description: 5" x 7" plaque
box 6

Infiniti California Mile: Special Appreciation, 1990 for Grateful Dead 1990

Physical Description: 6" x 8" plaque
box 6

1st Place: King Of The Hill National Poker and Team Championships, Harveys, January 9, 1991 for "Grateful Dead Team" 1991

Physical Description: 9" x 12" plaque
box 6

Performance; The International Touring Talent Weekly, 1993 Readers Poll Award Winner; Tour Package of the Year for Grateful Dead / Sting - "The Concert Touring and Entertainment Industry Salutes You." 1993

Physical Description: 8" x 10" plaque
box 7

1991 AB Amusement Business #1 Award: Top Box score Facilities - Capacity 15,001 & More for Grateful Dead - "Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, Grateful Dead, September 8-10,12-14,16-18, Gross: $3,747,519; Attendance: 163,932; 9 Sellouts, Promoter: Metropolitan Entertainment" 1991

Physical Description: 12" x 14" plaque
box 7

1991 AB Amusement Business #1 Award: Top Box score Stadiums - Capacity 40,000 Or More for Grateful Dead / Little Feat - "Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, Grateful Dead, Little Feat, June 16-17, Gross: $2,924,925; Attendance: 116,997; 2 Sellouts, Promoter: Metropolitan Entertainment". 1991

Physical Description: 12" x 14" plaque
box 7

1991 AB Amusement Business #1 Award: Top Touring Act - Grateful Dead - ; "Gross: $35,243,237, Attendance: 1,560,087, 79 Shows". 1991

Physical Description: 11 1/2" x 14" plaque
box 7

1993 AB Amusement Business #1 Award: Top Touring Act - "Grateful Dead - Total Gross: $46,624,842, Total Attendance: 1,836,975, 80 Shows". 1993

Physical Description: 11 1/2" x 14" plaque
box 7

Orlando Arena: In Recognition of Two Sell-outs in Orlando, April 3-4, 1994 - "Presented To The Grateful Dead" - "Welcome Back! You Stayed Away Too Long!" 1994

Physical Description: 10" x 14" plaque
box 7

Most Appearances of Any Concert Performer in Spectrum History, "32 Performances" 1972-1987; Highest Overall Attendance of Any Concert Performer in Spectrum History, 513,704 Patrons, 32 Sold Out Performances - 20th Spectrum Anniversary, A Spectator Management Facility in Philadelphia, PA 1972-1987

Physical Description: 12" x 15" plaque
box 7

Induction into the Independent Music Hall of Fame for Jerry Garcia - National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers (NAIRD); "In recognition of the significant & lasting contribution that he has made to the Independent Music Business". 1994-1995

Physical Description: 11" x 13" plaque
box 8

33rd Annual (1990) International Film & TV Festival of New York - Gold Medal presented to The Grateful Dead/National Audubon Society - Most Innovative Music Video "We Can Run". 1990

Physical Description: 10" x 3" framed plaque
box 8

For the Highest-Grossing Concert Coliseum Record, Charlotte Coliseum, [NC], March 22-24, 1995 - "Presented To The Grateful Dead" 1995

Physical Description: 9" x 12" plaque
box 8

The Lee Michaels Award to Grateful Dead - In Recognition of a Superior Contribution to the Rock and Roll Movement - In Memory of Lee Michaels (1949-1984) undated

Physical Description: 2 piece lucite award
box 9

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame statuette - Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead 1994

Physical Description: Damaged - base fractured, corner chipped off
box 9

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame statuette - Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Grateful Dead 1994

Physical Description: Damaged - base fractured
box 10

"Grateful Dead Productions Thank You For Your Generous Donation to the 1988 Tamalpais Frosh Basketball Tournament" 1988

Physical Description: 12" x 7" award
box 10

1988 American Video Conference Award Music Video "Grateful Dead: So Far", Grateful Dead Productions, Arista Records 1988

Physical Description: 9 1/2" x 7" award
box 11

"Safety Award - In Recognition of Your Outstanding Record - Outstanding Loss Ration For 1992 Policy Year"; State Compensation Insurance Fund 1992

Physical Description: 9" x 12" plaque
box 11

Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, Las Vegas, Nevada; "Highest Grossing and Highest Attendance of Any Concert in the History of the State" - May 1992, Highest Attendance: 123,000; Highest Gross: $2,767,500 - Grateful Dead 1992

Physical Description: 2 - 12" x 15" plaques
box 11

Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, Las Vegas, Nevada; "Highest Grossing and Highest Attendance of Any Concert in the History of the State" - May 1993, Highest Attendance: 126,000; Highest Gross: $3,276,000 - Grateful Dead 1993

Physical Description: 2 - 12" x 15" plaques
box 11

A Special Thanks Sponsor - 2001-2002 - To Grateful Dead Productions, Inc. - Dixie Stompers U-17 Class 1 2001

Physical Description: 7 1/2" x 10 3/4" plaque
box 12

Jammys Award 2002: Lifetime Achievement Award for [Grateful Dead or The Dead] 2002

Physical Description: 17 1/2" x 14 1/4" x 1 1/2" award - HEAVY
box 12

Jammy Awards 2005: Download of the Year 2005

Physical Description: 17 1/2" x 14 1/4" x 1 1/2" award - Damaged
box 13

9th Annual Bay Area Music Award: Board of Directors Award for Grateful Dead ca. 1987

box 13

11th Annual Bay Area Music Award: Outstanding Album for "In The Dark" ca. 1989

box 13

15th Annual Bay Area Music Award: Outstanding Independent Album: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman ca. 1993

box 14

Ampex Golden Reel Award - "Built To Last" undated

Physical Description: 13 1/2" x 17" plaque
box 14

Ampex Golden Reel Award - "Dylan and the Dead" undated

Physical Description: 13 1/2" x 17" plaque
box 14

Ampex Golden Reel Award - The Grateful Dead - "In The Dark"; Awarded to Phil Lesh. undated

Physical Description: 13 1/2" x 17" plaque
box 15

Gold Sales Award, Presented to Grateful Dead for the music video long form "Ticket To New Year's", Bill Graham Presents Grateful Dead New Year's Eve, Oakland Colliseum Arena, Dec. 31, 1987 - Monterey Home Video 1987

box 15

The Partnership for the Homeless [of New York], Certificate of Appreciation for the Grateful Dead - October 27, 1987 1987

Physical Description: 14 1/2" x 16 1/2" framed
box 15

Ampex Golden Reel Award - The Grateful Dead - In The Dark - "Awarded to Club Front" undated

Physical Description: 13 1/2" x 17" plaque
box 16

IRMA Gold Video Award Non-Theatrical - Grateful Dead Production For Achieving Sales of More Than 25,000 units and $1 million at Suggested Retail Price - "View From the Vault". undated

Physical Description: 18" x 14" plaque
box 16

IRMA Platinum Video Award Non-Theatrical Presented to: Grateful Dead Productions For Achieving Sales of More Than 50,000 units and $2 million at Suggested Retail Price - "Downhill From Here" undated

Physical Description: 18" x 14" plaque
box 17

"Closing Winterland" video - CIAA Certified Multi Platinum undated

Physical Description: 17 1/4" x 29 5/8" framed
box 18

"The Golden Road" - Sales Award, RIAA Certified Gold, c.2 undated

Physical Description: 16 5/8" x 28 5/8" framed
box 19

Sales Award RIAA Ceritified Gold - Presented to Jerry Garcia - 12 CD Box Set - c.3 undated

Physical Description: 16 5/8" x 28 5/8" framed
box 20

"Skeletons from the Closet"- Sales Award, Multi Platinum Sales undated

Physical Description: 17" x 21" framed
box 21

"Dead Ahead", video - Sales Awards, RIAA Certified Gold undated

Physical Description: 12 7/8" x 17 7/8" framed
box 22

"Hundred Year Hall" - RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award undated

Physical Description: 12 7/8" x 17 7/8"
box 23

"Dozin' at the Knick" - RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award undated

Physical Description: 9 3/8" x 27 7/8" framed
box 24

"The New Dawn of the Grateful Dead" - Rolling Stone cover, Issue #504/505, July 16-30, 1987 1987

Physical Description: 13" x 15" plaque
box 24

"Jerry Garcia: The Rolling Stone Interview" - Rolling Stone cover, Issue #616, October 31, 1991 1991

Physical Description: 13" x 15" plaque
box 24

Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, Las Vegas, Nevada; "Highest Grossing and Highest Attendance of Any Concert in the History of the State" - June 1994, Highest Attendance: 120,741; Highest Gross: $3,622,230 - Grateful Dead 1994

Physical Description: 12" x 15" plaque
box 25

Red Rocks Performers Hall of Fame - The Grateful Dead 2003 2003

Physical Description: 2 pieces - 13 3/4" x 7" x 3 1/2" - HEAVY
box 26

"So Many Roads (1965-1995)" - Presented to Jerry Garcia to Commerate RIAA Certified Gold Sales of the Grateful Dead/Arista Five CD Box Set undated

Physical Description: 17 1/4" x 21 1/4" framed
box 27

"So Many Roads (1965-1995)" - Presented to Grateful Dead Productions to Commerate RIAA Certified Gold Sales of the Grateful Dead/Arista Five CD Box Set undated

Physical Description: 17 1/4" x 21 1/4" framed
box 28

ITA Gold Video Award Non-Theatrical Presented to Grateful Dead for Achieving Sales of More Than 25,000 units and $1 million at Suggested Retail Price "Downhill From Here" undated

Physical Description: 18" x 14" plaque
box 28

ITA Gold Video Award Non-Theatrical Presented to: Grateful Dead For Achieving Sales of More Than 25,000 Units and $1 million at Suggested Retail Price "Dead Ahead" undated

Physical Description: 18" x 14" plaque
box 28

ITA Platinum Video Award Non-theatrical Presented to: Grateful Dead For Achieving Sales of More Than 50,000 units and $2 million at Suggested Retail Price - "Ticket to New Year's" undated

Physical Description: 18" x 14" plaque
box 29

"The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum salutes the Grateful Dead For Outstanding Dedication to Long Island and Congratulations on Their 24th Concert March 29, 1985" 1985

Physical Description: 20" x 15" plaque
box 30

"So Far" - Grateful Dead Productions - RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award of 6 West Home Videos undated

Physical Description: 12 7/8" x 17 7/8"
box 31

RIAA Gold Sales Award - "Europe '72" - Presented to Sonny Heard [crew] R.I.P. undated

Physical Description: 18" x 28" glass/plexiglass award
box 32

RIAA Gold Sales Award - "Workingman's Dead" - Presented to Sonny Heard [crew] R.I.P. undated

Physical Description: 18" x 28" glass/plexiglass award
box 33

"Ladies and Gentlemen, The Grateful Dead, Fillmore East, New York City, April 1971" - Presented to Grateful Dead Productions - RIAA Gold Sales Award 4 CD Set undated

Physical Description: 16 5/8" x 28 5/8" framed
box 34

Presented to Grateful Dead Productions to commorate RIAA Certified Gold Sales of Monterey Home Video "Ticket to New Year's" undated

Physical Description: 12 7/8" x 17 7/8"
box 35

"The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and SMG congratulate the Grateful Dead" - Grateful Dead's Three Sold-Out Shows at the L. A. Sports Arena, December 8, 9 & 10, 1993 1993

Physical Description: 13 1/2" x 23" - 3D plexiglass montage framed
box 36, 37

"In recognition of reaching over $10,000,000.00 in gross ticket sales at the Sam Boyd Stadium, [Las Vegas. NV] 1991-1994. Thank you for helping the Sam Boyd Stadium become the Southwest's premier concert venue." 1991-1994

Physical Description: 2 - Glass plaques with oak stands & Certificates of Authencity
 

RIAA "Multi-platinum" award for more than 100,000 copies of "The Closing Of Winterland" DVD. 2003

Physical Description: 17 1/4" x 29 1/2" framed
 

"American Beauty" Platinum sales award undated

Physical Description: 21" x 17"
 

"Aoxomoxoa" Limited Edition Gold Plated Record, Prototype/2500 5/13/1997

Physical Description: 18 1/4" x 24 1/4" framed
 

"Europe '72" RIAA ceritifed $1,000,000 Sales Award, presented to Sonny Heard undated

 

"Workingman's Dead" - RIAA Certified $1,000,000 Sales Award, presented to Sonny Heard ca. 1986

Physical Description: 21" x 17" framed
 

"Workingman's Dead" RIAA Platinum Sales Award, Warner Bros. Records 1986

Physical Description: 21" x 17" framed
 

RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award - 12 CD Box Set, The Golden Road (1965-1973) ca. 2002

Physical Description: 3 - 16 1/2" x 28 1/2" framed copies; one copy presented to Grateful Dead Productions
 

RIAA Platinum Sales Award - DVD 2003 - "Closing of Winterland, 12/31/1978" 2003

Physical Description: Framed
 

RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award - Monterey Video "Downhill From Here" Alpine Valley undated

Physical Description: 14" x 22" framed
 

RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award: "Ladies and Gentlemen . . ." undated

Physical Description: 20 3/4" x 24 1/4" framed
 

RIAA Certified Gold Video Award - Monterey Home Video "Dead Ahead" (for over 50,000 copies or $2,000,000) undated

Physical Description: 2 - 13" x 17" framed copies
 

RIAA Certified Multi-platinum Sales Award - "Skeletons From the Closet" undated

Physical Description: 2 - 13" x 17" framed copies
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award "So Many Roads, 1965-1995", Grateful Dead undated

Physical Description: 3 - 21" x 17" framed copies; One presented to Grateful Dead Productions, one presented to Jerry Garcia
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award "Touch of Grey - Making of the Video" - Video Longform undated

Physical Description: 2 - 12 3/4" x 17 3/4" x 2" framed copies
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award "View from the Vault" Three Rivers Stadium [PA] undated

Physical Description: 12 3/4" x 17 3/4"
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award - Monterey Home Video - "Dead Ahead" undated

Physical Description: 12 3/4" x 17 3/4"
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award - VHS - "Ticket to New Years, 12/31/1987" 1987

Physical Description: 2 - 9 1/2" x 23" x 1 1/4" framed copies
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award - VHS -"So Far" 1987 1987

Physical Description: 2 - 9 1/2" x 23" x 1 1/4" framed copies; one presented to Gratful Dead Productions
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award "Hundred Year Hall" undated

Physical Description: 2 - 9 1/2" x 23" x 1 1/4" framed copies
 

RIAA Gold Sales Award to GDP "Dozin at the Knick!" undated

Physical Description: 2 - 9 1/2" x 23" x 1 1/4" framed copies
 

RIAA Multi-platinum sales award for 100,000 copies of the Monterey Home Video DVD of "The Grateful Dead Movie" undated

Physical Description: 17" x 21" framed
 

"In the Dark" Platinum sales award undated

Physical Description: 21" x 17"
 

"So Many Roads" Gold sales award undated

Physical Description: 21" x 17" framed