The June 29 public opening of UCSC’s Grateful Dead Archive has generated widespread and extensive media coverage.
As reporter Matt Stevens noted in a story published in the July 1 edition of the Sunday Los Angeles Times:
“UC Santa Cruz opened a rare kind of exhibit to the public on Friday to display the loads of papers, art and artifacts that make up the university's Grateful Dead archive…
One band member says the new Grateful Dead gallery belongs as much to the fans who helped build it as the scholars who will pore over its materials.
Drummer Mickey Hart said that the band explored other options for the archive, including housing it at the Library of Congress, but that UC Santa Cruz won out because the people had their 'heart and soul really into it.'"