Congressional Collection of Bob Barr Opening with May 15 Reception

barrA drop-in reception to mark the opening of the papers of former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr will be held Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Thomas B. Murphy Reading Room of Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. The event celebrates the completion of a two and a half year project by the Special Collections department to process Barr’s collection and make it available for research.

Barr and Dr. Beheruz Sethna will make opening remarks at 2 pm as well as Dr. Daniel Williams, Associate Professor of History, who will talk about the conservative Congress of the 1990s as context for Barr’s collection. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Barr served four terms from 1995 to 2003 representing the 7th District. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chair of the Government Reform Committee, and member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs.

One of his lasting legacies came from his activities on the Judiciary Committee in developing a case against President Clinton for impeachable offenses. More recently, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the legality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which Barr authored while in Congress. Barr donated his Congressional papers to the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections in 2010. He recently has announced his intention to run for the Congressional seat vacated by Dr. Phil Gingrey this year.

For more information, contact Suzanne K. Durham, Head of Special Collections, at sdurham@westga.edu or 678-839-5350.

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