Congressman Barney Frank Archives Collection

The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections at UMass Dartmouth is home to the papers of former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.  The majority of the collection documents his U.S. congressional career, 1980-2012, including records from his district offices in Newton, Taunton and New Bedford.  National issues covered include financial reform, gay rights, the housing crisis, immigration reform, military spending, and environmental protection.  Congressman Frank served on the Financial Services Committee from 2003 to 2012, and as its chairman from 2007.  During this time he oversaw passage of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173), better known as the Dodd-Frank bill.  Local issues in the collection include fishing regulation, commuter rail, immigration and the environment.  Records of his many electoral campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, 1980-2010 include the hard-fought win over Republican Margaret Heckler in the 4th district in 1982.

The Congressman Barney Frank Archives Reading Room is located on the Claire T. Carney Library third floor, northeast corner, room 353.  It is currently open by request.  Please contact Judy Farrar at or 508-999-8686 for access to the room.  All requests to view or research on the collection should also be made through Judy Farrar.  Appointments are strongly recommended. 

The collection inventory can be searched through our online finding aid database in ArchivesSpace at 

A current PDF of the finding aid can be accessed through the link below.