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Frank to turn his archives over to UMass

Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will formally announce the creation of archives detailing his 32-year congressional career during a speech today at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The archives, which will be housed in the campus’s Claire T. Carney Library, will include Frank’s personal papers and notes, including memorabilia from his first congressional election, in which he defeated Margaret Heckler in 1982, and drafts from the preparation of the financial reform bill, Dodd-Frank, for which the congressman was best known.

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University officials say the archives will include Frank’s notes on financial reform, the housing crisis, civil rights, gay rights, immigration reform, military spending, and environmental protection. It will also include material on legislation Frank sponsored between 1973 and 1980 when he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

The announcement comes as part of a weeklong inauguration celebration for Chancellor Divina Grossman, who took the reins of the 9,000-student campus this summer .

The notoriously loquacious Frank, 72, is also scheduled to sit for an hourlong question and answer segment following the announcement.

Wesley Lowery can be reached at wesley.lowery@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
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