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Larry Sprenger Papers

Finding aid prepared by Erick Hawkins, © 2012

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Sprenger, (Fred) Larry
Title
Larry Sprenger Papers
Collection no.
Coll2012.167
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1983-1985
Date [inclusive]
1983-1993, undated
Extent
0.4 linear feet., 1 archival carton
Language
English
Abstract
The Larry Sprenger papers consists of notes, correspondence, and records documenting the professional and private life of Larry Sprenger, an insurance salesman and political activist, in the 1980s and 1990s. The bulk of the collection, from 1983 to 1985, represents Sprenger's work as a member of two AIDS legislation research organizations and his involvement as a speaker and fundraiser for various political groups.

Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, Larry Sprenger Papers, Coll2012.167, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biography

Fred Larry Sprenger was born July 4, 1941, and settled in Southern California after a tour of duty in the United States Air Force. He worked as an insurance consultant and broker but was also an active supporter of gay political causes at all levels of government. Most prominently in the mid-1980s, he sat as the co-chair of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles, a political action committee dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, and women's rights. Sprenger wielded his power as MECLA co-chair to gain admittance as a member of the Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force and as a consultant to AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Separate from MECLA, Sprenger served on two exploratory committees for friends seeking elected offices: former employer Peter Scott for State Assembly and Los Angeles Councilman Michael Woo for Mayor. Additionally, Sprenger found himself on a steering committee for a gay and lesbian elected officials speaking engagement and in service as the treasurer for the "No on 64" campaign against mandatory testing and job restrictions for individuals infected with HIV.

As an insurance broker, Sprenger helped usher in one of the first liability policies for the city of West Hollywood. This also put him in a position of advocacy against insurance agencies restricting HIV infected people from obtaining medical care. Sprenger passed away April 29, 2007 at the age of 65 while awaiting a heart transplant.

Sources: Larry Sprenger Papers, Coll2012-167, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2007

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection documents Sprenger's work with AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force in the mid 1980s. The collection also includes documentation of his work as a fundraiser and advocate for two local political campaigns and speakers' conferences as well as his personal and political correspondence. Documents collected during Sprenger's term as co-chair of MECLA are located in the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles records, Coll2012.160.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically in the following series:

Series 1. Personal Life

Series 2. Political Involvement

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2012
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Date and source of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Erick Hawkins, November 2012. Records relating to the professional operations and business aspects of MECLA have been processed as a separate collection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Municipal Elections Committe of Los Angeles, Coll2012.160, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

No on 64 Records, Coll2011.060, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Separated Materials

Removed to newsletter collection: AIDS Action Update, Number 2, December 1984;  AIDS Action Update, Number 3, February 1985;  AIDS Action Update, Number 5, May 1985

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • AIDS (Disease)--Government Policy--California--Los Angeles
  • Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
  • Gays--Political activity

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Personal Life 1983-1991, undated  (Bulk, 1983-1985)

Scope and Contents

This bulk of this series comprises personal correspondence between Sprenger and his family, friends, and political allies, mostly in the form of greeting cards and memorandum. The series also contains information on legal actions against a landlord and ephemera from various political events attended by Sprenger.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

 Greeting cards 1983-1985, 1990, undated  (Bulk, 1985)

1 1

 Correspondence, political 1983-1986, 1990-1991, undated  (Bulk, 1983-1986)

1 2

 Ephemera 1984, undated  (Bulk, 1984)

Scope and Contents

Contains various paper materials generally related to political activities. Contents include a ballet stub for the November 6, 1984 election; an admission ticket to a speaking event featuring Congresswoman Ferraro and Senator Kennedy at the Hollywood Palladium; a numbered card from Willie L. Brown, Jr. speaker of the California State Assembly; a business card from Daniel T. Williams' Institute of Metaphysics; a rolodex card for Bob White; a lapel pin speaker's badge from an undisclosed MECLA event; and a paper photograph display of Larry Springer (sic) by Mary Webb Davis.

1 3

 Correspondence, personal 1984-1985, undated 

1 4

 Correspondence, gay committees and organizations 1984-1985, undated 

1 5

 Day planner 1985 

1 6

 Legal actions 1985 

1 7

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Series 2:  Series 2. Political Involvement 1984-1993, undated  (Bulk, 1984-1985)

Scope and Contents

This series documents Sprenger's personal and professional work in the political arena. Included are notes, correspondence, and legislation related to his work on the Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Also documented is Sprenger's work on political campaigns, outreach to the Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists, and steering committee notes from an organized speaking engagement for gay and lesbian elected officials. Documents collected during Sprenger's term as co-chair of MECLA are located in the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles records, Coll2012.160.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

 AIDS legislation and programs 1984-1985 

1 8

 Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force 1984-1985, undated   [2 folders]

1 9-10

 West Hollywood citihood 1984-1985, undated 

1 11

 AIDS Project Los Angeles 1984-1985, undated   [3 folders]

1 12-14

 Newspaper clippings 1984-1985, undated 

1 15

 Alliance for Gay & Lesbian Artists (AGLA) 1985 

1 16

 Friends of Peter Scott/Candidacy for State Assembly 1985 

1 17

 Speaking For Ourselves, West Hollywood conference 1985   [2 folders]

1 18-19

 Michael Woo for Mayor event 1992-1993 

1 20

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