Albert Gore Research Center
The Albert Gore Research Center is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at Middle Tennessee State University, and functions as an institution dedicated to the study of modern American politics, education, and southern history, with an emphasis on the participation of people and organizations from Middle Tennessee. Our collections include many formats: manuscripts, government documents, business and organizational records, university records, photographs, audio-visual materials, ephemera, electronic records, and a select number of artifacts. Please use the navigation column on the left to search our collections and services, or contact us with any questions.
The Gore Center also strives to provide a laboratory learning space for its graduate assistants, undergraduate workers, and interns. Each semester, the center has four graduate assistants from MTSU's Public History program, and these students process collections, manage reference services, curate exhibits, attend conferences, present papers, and help with the every day operations of the archive. Check our blog and social media accounts (links in the right column) to keep up with all the great projects from our students!
New Online Exhibit
Our graduate assistant, Kelsey Lamkin, curated a new online exhibit on The Ninety-Nines, an international organization for women pilots. Arranged topically, the exhibit highlights events from the Tennessee chapter’s founding in 1940 through their activities into the 1970s. Much of the exhibit’s content comes from The 99s Collection, which is part of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Records housed at the Albert Gore Research Center.
Summer 2018 Activities
We are looking forward to a productive summer session! Please note that our summer hours are different. We are open Monday-Thursday 9AM-4PM, and Friday by appointment only.
Here are some of the activities we have planned for this summer:
- Bart Gordon Papers Summer Internship: Mary DePeder, MTSU Public History M.A. candidate, will work over the summer as the Bart Gordon Papers intern. She will continue inventorying and describing the congressional collection to provide greater access for the public. She will also work on a digitual humanities project.
- Political collections processing: Sarah Calise, Archivist, will work on providing access to the recently acquired papers of former Congressman Richard Fulton and former Congressman Clifford Allen.
- Movement 68: Gore Center staff will move forward with Movement 68 planning, promoting, and fundraising. We will also continue conducting oral histories with MTSU's black student activists from the past 50 years. Click here for more on Movement 68.
- Teaching with Primary Sources: Gore Center staff will continue to develop educational programming and lesson plans using our own archival material. Look for additions to our Education Resources pages!
As always, we welcome faculty from all departments to bring their classes to our archive for instruction on a variety of primary sources. Our summer schedule varies greatly, however, so please contact us ahead of time for scheduling.
The Gore Center invites the public to explore this digital collection documenting the history of Confederate symbolism on MTSU's campus. The collection currently contains nearly 450 entries using items from our university archives, political collections, and selected regional collections. We are also accepting donations (documents, photographs, electronic files, oral histories, and more) that relate to black student activism at MTSU dating back to the 1960s. Contact us for more information.