History Professor Daniel Williams spoke of the conservative Congress of the 1990s during a reception celebrating the papers.
“The 104th Congress that was elected in 1994 was one of the most politically influential, legislatively active Congresses in recent American history,” Williams said.
“This was the first mid-term election in American history in which the Republican congressional candidates ran on a united, national platform.”
Barr now wants to rejoin Congress.
He is a candidate in the race to fill the seat now held by Rep. Phil Gingrey, who has announced he wants to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Saxby Chambliss.
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 a 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 then-President Bill Clinton for impeachable offenses.
Barr said it was an honor to have the university serve as a repository for the work he and his colleagues were able to accomplish.