Dead Archives Head to UC Santa Cruz

Collection valued at millions fits with crunchy campus' 'community spirit'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2008 11:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – The thousands of pieces that make up the Grateful Dead archive are truckin’ to a new home at UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The materials—worth millions and ranging from the band’s first record contract to life-size skeletons of members—currently occupy 2,000 square feet in a warehouse; in Santa Cruz, they’ll become the school’s biggest collection.

The band chose Santa Cruz over other institutions—Stanford and UC Berkeley—closer to its hometown, and “I think it's a perfect fit,” says a school rep. “The ethos of the band, the whole idea of community sharing, is really well matched with our campus.”

In this Feb. 4, 2008 file photo, Phil Lesh, right, performs during a fundraising concert  in San Francisco while Grateful Dead band mate Bob Weir, standing at left, looks on.
In this Feb. 4, 2008 file photo, Phil Lesh, right, performs during a fundraising concert in San Francisco while Grateful Dead band mate Bob Weir, standing at left, looks on.   (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)
Members of the Grateful Dead pose in a 1985 photo in California. From left, back row, are Bill Kreutzman, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and Mickey Hart. In front are Brent Mydland, left, and Bob Weir.
Members of the Grateful Dead pose in a 1985 photo in California. From left, back row, are Bill Kreutzman, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, and Mickey Hart. In front are Brent Mydland, left, and Bob Weir.   (AP Photo)
Members of the Grateful Dead, from left: Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir.
Members of the Grateful Dead, from left: Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir.   (AP Photo/File)
In this undated photo released by Bonhams & Butterfields, miscellaneous Grateful Dead memorabilia from the 1970s-1980s is seen.
In this undated photo released by Bonhams & Butterfields, miscellaneous Grateful Dead memorabilia from the 1970s-1980s is seen.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Bonhams & Butterfields)
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