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Fmr. Rep. Barney Frank Donates Papers to UMass Dartmouth

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank has donated his personal papers to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The Democrat on Tuesday donated more than 500 boxes full of papers, artifacts and recordings during a special ceremony at the school.

Frank also agreed to give a lecture every semester at UMass Dartmouth.

Frank says he decided to donate the material to UMass rather than his alma mater, Harvard University, because the people of southeastern Massachusetts had been so good to him during his 32 years in Congress. The region remained one of his strongholds.

Frank said Harvard “doesn’t need me,” adding that smaller public universities are critical to the future of the nation.

Terrance Burton, the dean of the UMass Dartmouth library, called the material a “massive treasure trove.”