UC Santa Cruz slated to get archives of Grateful Dead

April 23, 2008 6:26:55 PM PDT
Dancing bears, meet the Banana Slugs.

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are turning over the rock band's archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz. The archive will hold the band's correspondence and other memorabilia, but not its recordings, longtime band spokesman Dennis McNally said Wednesday.

Ex-Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart will announce a partnership with the university Thursday. The announcement will take place at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, where many of the band's legendary shows were held.

A spokesman for UC Santa Cruz would not comment on the details of the deal ahead of Thursday's planned announcement.