In the meantime, you are welcome to explore the Grateful Dead Archive in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on McHenry Library's third floor during Special Collections & Archives hours. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz regularly presents curated exhibits that place the archives of the Grateful Dead in conversation with other library collections to explore the band's place within the region's culture, music, and history. These free exhibits are presented in Dead Central, a gallery space on the Main Floor of McHenry Library. The creation of Dead Central was made possible through a generous grant from the Brittingham Family Foundation.
February 2, 2020 - December 22, 2022
LOCATION: Dead Central, on the main level of McHenry Library
Any reference to the Grateful Dead, perhaps the world’s most iconic improvisational band, can easily conjure images in one’s mind of psychedelic tie-dyed clothes, dancing bears, and rose-garlanded skeletons. But just as they defied expectations with their music, the band also inspired in their listeners a diverse visual landscape in response to their songs.
(card sent to the Grateful Dead from Dead Heads Japan, with art by Miki Saito)
Love on Haight brings together posters, photography, and ephemera to explore the revolution in print culture, music, and social change in 1967, the Summer of Love. Included are documents from the Grateful Dead Archive, photographs from Ruth-Marion Baruch’s 1967 Haight-Ashbury series, and selections from the Library’s exceptionally rich holdings in alternative publications from this time period: a variety of newspapers and magazines, comic books, literary journals, broadsides, and political tracts. Supplementing these sources are audiovisual components – films about the Summer of Love, snippets of performances and, of course, music.
This exhibit explored the art that documented, celebrated, and inspired the Grateful Dead and their fans.
The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.
The land acknowledgement used at UC Santa Cruz was developed in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman and the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UCSC Arboretum.