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Larry Sprenger Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2012-167

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.

Dates

  • 1983-1993, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1983 - 1985

Creator

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.

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

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 archival carton)

Language of Materials

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.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically in the following series:

Series 1. Personal Life

Series 2. Political Involvement

Acquisition Information

Date and source of acquisition unknown.

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

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.

Creator

Title
Larry Sprenger Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Erick Hawkins
Date
© 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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