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Bob Barr papers, Audio-Visual

Identifier: POL-0005-18

Scope and Contents note

This section of the Bob Barr papers contains VHS tapes, Beta tapes, audiocassette tapes, microcassette tapes, miscellaneous recordings such as reel-to-reel tapes and MP tapes, as well as CDs, and photographs and negatives.

The VHS tapes record campaign ads (Barr’s and others), TV news casts, documentary material, news conferences, speeches, testimony, and news shows. The beta tapes are recorded campaign spots Barr made in his campaigns for Congress. The audiocassette and microcassette tapes recorded telephone interviews that Barr gave, town hall meetings, speaking engagements, and radio shows. Topics covered include a large variety of the issues of the day. The miscellaneous recording formats are similar to audiocassettes in type of recording and topics.

The photograph and negative collection contains numerous duplications across folders. A few sets of photos have been matched to sets of negatives, but the majority have not. The result is that some folders are full of negatives only, while the photos are contained in other folders spread through the twenty boxes.

Most photos are 4 x 6 prints and negatives are 35mm film. Broad categories such as Campaign, Speaking Engagements, Visitors, and Personal were used to organize photos. Identifications are noted on the folders where known; many folders are labeled “unidentified.” Included are two photo albums compiled by Catherine Brock of Carrollton who worked for Newt Gingrich before moving to Barr’s office.

This portion contains boxes 693-745.


  • 1968-2004

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by United States Copyright Law

Biographical/Historical note

Bob Barr represented the Seventh District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for four terms between January 1995 and January 2003. He served in the 104th – 107th congresses. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and member of the Committees on Financial Services and Veterans Affairs.

Born in Iowa on November 5, 1948, Barr grew up in various locations around the world due to his father's career as a civil engineer. He attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate, and earned a master's degree in international relations at George Washington University in 1972. He attended law school at Georgetown University, earning his J.D. in 1977.

Barr served in the CIA from 1971-1978 as a Latin American analyst. He then moved to Georgia and became active in Republican politics, chairing the Cobb County Republican Party. In 1986, President Reagan appointed Barr as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, a post he held until 1990. The congressman served as president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation from 1990 to 1991.

Barr ran unsuccessfully against Paul Coverdell for the U.S. Senate in 1992. In 1994, Barr won the Congressional seat that had been held for several terms by Democrat Buddy Darden. When Barr entered Congress, it was the first time in forty years that Republicans were in the majority. He had a reputation as being the most conservative member of Congress. Barr may be best remembered for his initiative in pursuing an impeachment trial for President Clinton on charges of perjury in regard to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. One of three books he has written – The Meaning of Is – reflects on the Clinton White House and explains his motivations for pursuing impeachment of the president.

In 2002, the Georgia Legislature redistricted the state's Congressional seats, resulting in Barr's district being drawn into Republican John Linder's district. A primary was held that summer in which Barr was soundly defeated. He left office in January 2003.

Since leaving office, Barr has continued to write and speak publicly on civil liberties, especially the right to privacy. He has been a contributor on CNN and writes a regular column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as well as maintaining a blog "The Daily Caller."

Soon after leaving Congress, Barr also left the Republican Party. In 2008, Barr was the presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party. Currently, he heads a consulting firm called Liberty Strategies, and practices law with Edwin Marger in Atlanta.

In addition to his book on the impeachment trial, Barr has published Patriot Nation: Bob Barr's Laws of the Universe Volume One, and Lessons in Liberty. He is an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University just outside of Atlanta, where he has taught a graduate-level course on Privacy and Public Policy.


31.09 Linear feet (53 boxes)




Audio-visual materials containing the campaign ads, TV news casts, documentaries, news conferences, speeches, testimonies, and other speaking engagements of Congressman Barr.

Arrangement note

Arranged by format and is organized as follows:

VHS tapes: Boxes 693 – 708 Beta and Metal tapes: Box 709 Audiocassette Tapes: Boxes 710 – 723 Microcassette tapes: Box 724 Miscellaneous recordings: Box 725 Photographs & Negatives: Boxes 726 – 745

Organization, as presented by the office of Congressman Bob Barr, is largely preserved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift agreement from Bob Barr signed in 2010

Physical Description

The total physical extent of the Bob Barr papers is 422.65 linear feet and is comprised of 791 boxes, 5 tubes, 1 map folder, and various oversized items.

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Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Jeffrey Albertson, Toni Alexander, Sara Berry, Suzanne Durham, Ryan Fleming, Jason Kennedy, Candice Larson, Jennifer Little, Alan McClarnand in January 2011 and March 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States