Sen. Tom Coburn, Who Is Not a Deadhead, Thinks the Grateful Dead Archive Is a Waste of Money

Earlier today, one senator from Oklahoma named Tom Coburn released a list of what his tight-fisted self considers the most wasteful federal spending of 2010.

Number four on that list is a $615,000 grant given to UC Santa Cruz for a massive archive of Grateful Dead materials, including flyers, T-shirts, tickets, and other memorabilia. The band donated its stuff to the university, and the grant money went to help digitize some of the materials. You can check out some of the hand-colored envelopes, weirdo unpublished novel manuscripts, and colorful concert posters on the archive's web site.

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