In 2015, Santa Cruz’s “City on a Hill” celebrates its 50th birthday. Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz attracted a young, progressive population with its innovative teaching methods and student political activism. Changing the socio-political landscape of the relaxed beach town, UC Santa Cruz today offers a cross-disciplinary undergraduate education in a setting featuring contemporary architecture. In 2015, psychedelic band the Grateful Dead also celebrates the 50th anniversary of its formation. On campus, fans can commemorate this milestone at the Grateful Dead Archive in UC Santa Cruz’s McHenry Library.
One of the most significant, popular cultural collections of the 20th century, the archive includes original documents, clippings and media coverage about the band. Among the resources on file are programs, newsletters, posters, cover art, photographs, tickets and correspondence, and art contributed over the years by “Deadheads.” Part of UC Santa Cruz’s Special Collections, the Archive is accessible to the general public admission-free, and material is available for listening, viewing and research in “Dead Central.”