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Bob Barr papers, Office Files

Identifier: POL-0005-15

Collection Overview

This portion of Bob Barr papers contains files pertaining to wide range of interests and problems related to various communities and their sentiments toward Barr. It also contains correspondence from constituents, news clips, meetings and event information (including Town Hall Meetings), as well as many local constituent issues. Personal correspondence to constituents from Barr is also contained in this collection.

This portion contains boxes 399-677.


  • 1964-2004

Restrictions on Access

No restrictions. Open to all users.

Copyright Restrictions

As stipulated by United States Copyright Law

Biographical Information

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.


143.2 Linear feet (279 boxes)




Materials relating to Barr’s activities, correspondence, and interests from his local offices in Georgia and Washington, D.C. Also contained are files kept by Jonathan Blythe, Barr’s chief of staff.


Organized into 7 series: I. Carrollton; II. Marietta; III. Rome; IV. Washington; V. Bob’s Files; VI. Jonathan Blythe Files; VII. Personal Files.

Each series is arranged alphabetically by file title.

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

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

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.

Processing Information

Selected portions of this collection have been digitized and are available in the Special Collections research guide at

Guide to the Bob Barr papers, Office Files POL-0005-15 POL-0005-15
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