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Frank D. Barber Papers

Identifier: M563

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials relating to Barber’s 1959 campaign for the Mississippi State Senate, as well as six issues of Southern Exposure magazine and documents pertaining to the university status of the University of Southern Mississippi.


  • Creation: 1952-1953;
  • Creation: 1959
  • Creation: circa 1962


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Frank David Barber (1929-1997) attended the University of Mississippi as a pre-law student prior to World War II. Upon returning from the war, he attended and received a Bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science, and English from Mississippi Southern College in 1954. While at MSC, Barber served on the Student Government Association, and he oversaw Southern Exposure, the college’s humor magazine, as Business Manager and Advertising Manager. Barber received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in 1957, and he began his political career in Mississippi around this time.

According to House Resolution 26 adopted in the 1997 Regular Session, Barber was occupied in the following positions: “staff member, Internal Security Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, 1955-1958; counsel, General Legislative Investigating Committee, State of Mississippi, 1958-1959; Mississippi State Senate, 1960-1964; Executive Assistant to the Governor of Mississippi and State Extradition Officer, 1964-1968; attorney, Industrial Department, Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board, 1968-1972; Legislative Assistant to United States Senator James O. Eastland, President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, 1972-1978; general counsel, Contractors Board, State of Mississippi, 1981-1989; Secretary, Mississippi State Senate, 1989-1991; Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Mississippi, 1992-1994; judge, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 1995 until his death.”


.25 Cubic Feet (At the time of the gift, the Hon. Frank D. Barber was Secretary of the Mississippi Senate.)

Language of Materials



The Frank D. Barber Papers consist of campaign materials from Barber’s bid for the Mississippi State Senate in 1959, six issues of Southern Exposure from 1952-1953, and materials relating to the conferring university status on Mississippi Southern College in 1962. This collection is of particular interest to researchers studying Mississippi politicians and the history of the University of Southern Mississippi.


The collection has been divided into three subject areas: Barber’s Senatorial Campaign in 1959, copies of Southern Exposure from 1952-1953, and documents relating to the university status of the University of Southern Mississippi from circa 1962.


Donated by the Hon. Frank D. Barber, 1990.

Related Materials

Barber, Frank. Mississippiana Vertical File Indexes, Mississippiana.

Frank D. Barber Oral History Interview, vol. 667. A copy of the transcript is available in the McCain Library, call number F341.5 .M57

M158, University of Southern Mississippi Name Change

M191, Paul B. Johnson Family Papers


M563, Frank D. Barber Papers, Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections, The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

For additional sources, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

Frank D. Barber Papers
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
20 September 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001