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  • Arrangement
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Archival Materials

  • Title: Larry Sprenger Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.167
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet. 1 archival carton
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1983-1985
    Date (inclusive): 1983-1993, undated
    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.
    creator: Sprenger, (Fred) Larry


    This collection is arranged chronologically in the following series:
    Series 1. Personal Life
    Series 2. Political Involvement


    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


    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 Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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