“I am incredibly happy that the kind archivists at UC Santa Cruz understand the social value of our priceless archive and its hallowed meaning to our most beloved “Dead Heads.”  Without the care it is now receiving these treasures would be lost. Please join me in preserving the legacy so we can all continue to explore and experience what the “Grateful Dead” means to us.”
- Bill Kreutzmann

We invite you to help us keep the legacy of the Grateful Dead alive and to ensure that the cultural, social and musical heritage of the Grateful Dead remains vital and dynamic. You can do so by:

Financially contributing to the Grateful Dead Archive.
Make a gift online or by mail. Please make out checks to UCSC Foundation and mail to: Grateful Dead Archive. McHenry Library, 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Making a gift-in-kind to the Grateful Dead Archive.
As large as the Archive is, we don’t have it all. There are items that are missing and help filling in the gaps is gratefully received. Below is our current “wish list” of physical items we’d love to acquire. Let us know at if you can make a gift to the Grateful Dead Archive.

“Blow the horn, tap the tambourine. Close the gap on the dark years in between.” – Cassidy. Words by John Perry Barlow

Wish List:

Our poster collection is a priority: the band was not sentimental about their past, and many posters are not represented in the Archive. We are also looking for materials that document the early history of the band, including:

  •  Materials pertaining to the Warlock's first performance at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Palo Alto, CA in 1965, especially photographs.
  • Materials from 1964-1965 pertaining to Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, especially flyers.
  • Early Bill Graham and Family Dog concert posters, handbills, and tickets, especially 1966-1969.