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  • Title: Larry Bush Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1974-2003
    Date (bulk): 1992-1995
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 580
    Creator: Bush, Larry
    Physical Description: 15 cubic feet (15 boxes)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Abstract: Contains paper records documenting Larry Bush's work as a journalist and ethics watchdog, mainly following his time as an aide to former Assemblyman and former Mayor Art Agnos.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored off site.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Restricted Document

    A single document is restricted. A review will take place in 2029.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscrips must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Larry Bush Papers, (SFH 580), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Material in the first record group was donated by Larry Bush on June 8, 2013. Additional materials were donated by Larry Bush on April 29, 1998 and July 20, 2006; and by Art Agnos on May 11, 2006 and Oct. 11, 2013.

    Related Materials

    See also San Francisco Ethics Commission minutes; SFH 46, Art Agnos Papers; SFH 471, San Francisco Common Cause Records; and SF SUB COLL, San Francisco Ephemera Collection; and the library catalog.

    Related Collection

    Larry Bush Papers, 1977-1984, Collection Number 7316, Cornell University Library.

    Processing Information

    First record group processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2019. Additional records processed by Tami J. Suzuki in 2020.


    Larry Bush, 1946- , is a journalist and former political aide and government administrator. He was the Washington D.C. correspondent for The Advocate, and the first openly-gay reporter accredited by the White House. He published articles in both gay and straight publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Playboy, and also published the Bush Report, which was concerned with gay political and cultural issues. He was also the Washington liaison for the National Gay Task Force.
    Bush served as a legislative aide to and speechwriter for Art Agnos, both on the Assemblyman's and Myor's staffs, (1984-1988 and 1988-1992, respectively). He continued to work with Agnos, at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, serving as Public Affairs Officer for the Pacific/Hawaii region. He also edited CitiReport, a San Francisco political newsletter which later operated as a blog (at www.citireport.com).
    His efforts influenced the creation of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, the establishment of voluntary spending limits for San Francisco candidates, electronic filing of campaign reports, and conflict of interest reporting for City Hall aides.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection has personal papers of Larry Bush, mostly after his work as an aide to former Assemblyman and former Mayor Art Agnos. A few documents from his time as a journalist in Washington DC are included. Materials include CitiReport files and publications, his San Francisco ethics research and reform work, and subject files on topics including the City Budget under Mayor Frank Jordan, police interrogations, and a living wage.


    Organized into two record groups: Processed Materials and Unprocessed Materials. Processed materials are organized into three series: Series 1. CitiReport; Series 2. Ethics; and Series 3. Research Files. Unprocessed Materials are organized into six series: Series 4. "Book;" Series 5. CitiReport Production Files; Series 6. Notebooks and Videos; Series 7. Research Files; Series 8. Ethics; and Series 9. Bush Reporting Service and Washington, D.C. Files. The second record group is roughly processed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bush, Larry -- Archives.
    Political ethics -- California -- San Francisco -- 20th century.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
    San Francisco Ethics Commission.