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Cypress papers
2001-09  
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Description
Cypress (Susan Rosenthal Glick), 1943-1997, was a working-class, disabled Jewish writer, photographer, and political activist who alternately identified as lesbian and bisexual. The collection contains Cypress’ art, photography, writing, and journals, as well as various personal documents, subject files, and biographical material compiled by her friends.
Background
Cypress (Susan Rosenthal Glick), 1943-1997, was a working-class, disabled Jewish writer, photographer, and political activist who alternately identified as lesbian and bisexual. From early adulthood, she lived on Social Security due to a mental health diagnosis described at different points in the collection as depression, schizophrenia, and a generic emotional disability. She devoted her life to activism, subsistence gardening, and creativity. She was active in the women’s back-to-land movement in the 1970s and 1980s and in the movement for the legalization of cannabis, as well as being a founding member of the Berkeley Women’s Refuge. Cypress traveled widely and was a longtime resident of Oakland and Sonoma County; she died of breast cancer in 1997.
Extent
7.5 linear feet (6 cartons)
Restrictions
Availability
Collection is open for research, except for three folders relating to Cypress’ medical condition, her mother’s medical condition, and her Social Security benefits, which have been restricted until 2047, fifty years after Cypress’ 1997 death. (Her mother’s exact date of death is unknown, but it is known that Cypress survived her.)