It's very meta, but I do have a lot to say about The List Tradition which I hope to get to. Let me just point out something that I think is interesting: The Garcia stuff on the typescript McNally-Arnold Jerry Garcia List (McNally and Arnold, ND), which became the Garcia list in Deadbase IX and formed the basis of what is today The Jerry Site) derived from the same ur-source as the Soto-Arnold GD List, union gig contracts.
Working musicians pretty much have to join the American Federation of Musicians, AFM Local No. 6 in San Francisco,
at 116 Ninth Street, just a few blocks off Market. Every gig or session
played by a union member has to be filed with the union. These union
contracts were seemingly systematically kept by the GD organization.
Don't want any trouble with the union, I guess. Anyway, these union
contracts, held in GD/Garcia business files, were the basis for both
Lists. I don't know whether Janet Soto also compiled the Garcia list, but I sure would like to know whom we have to thank for the bounty of data that we have so long enjoyed around Garcia On The Side!
Quick meta, just can't avoid it: gotta love how modern bureaucratic organizations document themselves; indeed, it's almost redundant to point it out.