Manuscripts, correspondence, organizational records, research materials, photograph albums, audiovisual items, clothing, trophies
and other materials from lesbian activist, writer and psychotherapist, Betty Berzon (1928-2006). Included in this collection
are manuscripts and resource materials for Berzon's published and unpublished books; records from gay and lesbian organizations
in which she was involved; paper and audiovisual material for her therapy practice, workshops, and training programs; correspondence
files; subject files; extensive photo albums and memorabilia documenting Berzon's personal life; and personal papers, including
those related to Berzon's relationship with long-time partner, Teresa DeCrescenzo, and Berzon's years-long battle with cancer.
Betty Louise Berzon was born to a middle-class Jewish family on January 18, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. The family moved
to Tuscon, Arizona when Berzon was young, and upon graduating high school she attended Stanford University, majoring in journalism
and creative writing. In 1949, Berzon got a job in a bookstore, which turned into a short-lived career as a bookseller. She
owned and operated Berzon Books in 1951 in Los Angeles, but it went out of business after one year.
66.9 linear feet.
39 records boxes + 15 photo binder boxes + 3 archive cartons + 7 flat archive boxes + 1 suitcase + 1 oversize trophy + 1 mapcase
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