The Steve Berman papers are a collection of notes, correspondence, and personal information created and maintained by the
psychologist and activist in the 1970s and 1980s. The bulk of the collection, from 1980-83, chronicles Berman’s life during
and after college as he pursued his career in psychology and worked for greater rights and recognition for the gay and Jewish
Steven Phillip Berman was born August 21, 1946 in Illinois and grew up in the greater Chicago area. After graduation from
high school, Berman obtained a B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1970. Relocating
later that year, Berman began work on his M.A. in psychology at California State University, Long Beach. While at CSULB, Berman
founded the Gay Students Union and the Gay Students Council of Southern California, often speaking at local colleges and universities.
As a graduate student, Berman focused his studies on personality and ability testing, working with prominent lesbian psychologist
Betty Berzon. In 1973, prior to completion of his degree, Berman underwent neurosurgery for removal of an arteriovenous malformation.
This surgery left Berman with seizures and other neurological conditions that would plague him the rest of his life.
2.5 linear feet.
1 archive box + 2 archive cartons + 1 shoebox
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