Two thousand square feet of Grateful Dead memorabilia is a lot of memorabilia, and the living Grateful Dead members have decided to donate all of it–30 years worth of merchandise, stage backdrops, vinyl albums, groupie lingerie and life-size prop skeletons–to UC Santa Cruz.

Berkeley and Stanford both played grabby hands for the archive, because founder Phil Lesh attended Cal when he was a young ‘un and his progeny are yucking it up at Stanford now. These are entirely legitimate claims! But the Dead chose UC Santa Cruz because “the ethos of the band, the whole idea of community sharing, is really well matched with the campus … We also have this whole side that’s concerned with social justice and tolerance and community spirit.” Gee. What other campus does that remind you of?

Administrators have dubbed the archive’s advisory board Slugs & Roses, which, besides sounding like a delightful reason to barricade all entrances and dial the exterminator in a fit of terrified hysterics, is also a mix-and-match representation of Santa Cruz’s mascot and the Dead’s iconic rose art. What? No one likes slugs.

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Grateful Dead archives going to UC Santa Cruz [SF Chron]