Albert Gore Research Center
**The Albert Gore Research Center is currently open to the public by appointment only. Please read our COVID-19 policy below.**
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 U.S. history, with an emphasis on the participation of people and organizations from Middle Tennessee. Please use the navigation column on the left to search our collections and services, or contact us with any questions.
For information on accessibility at the Gore Center, please read our Planning Your Visit page.
NEW EXHIBIT: I AM TRUE BLACK, Opening March 3 in Walker Library
The Albert Gore Research Center and James E. Walker Library present I AM TRUE BLACK: A History of Black Student Life and Activism. The exhibit will open March 3rd on the first floor of Walker Library (just beyond the elevators). The exhibit will remain up through the end of the spring 2021 semester. Please check here for updates about virtual tours and online programming.
Check out the I AM TRUE BLACK Syllabus, which provides citations and links to primary and secondary sources related to this vital history.
COVID-19 Policies for Visiting the Gore Center
- Anyone wanting to visit us for on-site research must make an appointment with one
of our archivists at least 48 hours in advance. Email Sarah.Calise@mtsu.edu or Donna.Baker@mtsu.edu, or call 615-898-2632. If you do not have an appointment, you will be turned away
at the door.
- Whenever possible, our archivists will first attempt to fulfill your research request remotely through email, telephone, and/or Zoom meetings. If it is determined that you need to make an on-site visit, then our archivists will move forward with that process.
- If you are conducting research, our archivists will ask that you fill out our research forms prior to your visit. You may send them back digitally, or bring the completed forms with you to your appointment.
- All visitors must wear a mask. MTSU policy requires everyone to wear a mask while inside academic buildings. If you do not have a mask, you will be turned away at the door.
- All researchers will only be permitted to work within three-hour blocks of time, either 9:00AM to 12:00PM or 1:00PM to 4:00PM.
- Only ONE researcher will be permitted to work in our reading room at any given time.
- All researchers must bring their own supplies, like pencils and paper. PENCIL ONLY. No pens, highlighters, or markers of any kind.
- There will be no on-demand scanning of material while researchers are at the Gore Center. Archivists and graduate assistants will digitally scan archival material that the researcher has marked, and we will send it to you via email or a cloud service at a later time. Researchers may still take photos of material (without flash) with their personal cameras or smartphones.
- Archival material will be quarantined for no less than 5 days after a researcher has used them.
- Research tables and chairs will be disinfected daily, and after a researcher is finished for the day.
Digital Resources for Remote Learning & Research
The Gore Center, along with institutions across Tennessee and the United States, have online resources filled with primary source material to aid with remote learning. These resources are especially helpful for courses in History, Government, Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, Art, and English. Our archivists have compiled a list of resources below. This is not an exhaustive list, but meant to help get you started. Contact Sarah.Calise@mtsu.edu or Donna.Baker@mtsu.edu for help finding primary source databases in your area of research, if you do not see one listed here.
MTSU DIGITAL RESOURCES
- James E. Walker Library's Digital Collections. Walker Library has many digital collections that document diverse elements of the history of Middle Tennessee State University, Rutherford County, and the state. Digital collections are built from a sources from
numerous on-campus partners, the Albert Gore Research Center, the Center for Cedar Glade Studies , the Center for Historic Preservation, the Center of Popular Music, and the Public History program of the Department of History.
- Items from the Gore Center can be found throughout Walker Library's digital collections. See many of our items here.
- Forrest Hall Protest Collection. The Forrest Hall Protest Collection exists in order to collect, preserve, and provide access to the documents, accounts, and history of the individuals and organizations involved in the debate over the name of Forrest Hall and other Confederate symbols on MTSU's campus.
- Tennesseans and World War II. This digital collection contains a curated set of documents, photographs, ephemera and objects related to the Tennessee maneuvers, home front, and wartime activity overseas. The digital collection is in its early phases, and more items will be regularly added in the coming months.
- Albert Gore, Sr. Congressional Papers (Coming Soon)
- Primary Source databases available through Walker Library. Walker Library has subscriptions to a number of databases filled with primary sources, inlcuding: American Civil War: Letters & Diaries; American History in Video; The American West; Ancestry; Archives of Human Sexuality & Gender; China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980; Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970; First World War, The: Personal Experiences; LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 Parts I&II; NAACP Papers, and so much more!
- Gore Center Online Exhibits. The Gore Center staff and graduate assistants develop online exhibits (mainly through WordPress) using the archival material housed within our collections. We also collaborate on exhibits with other institutions.
- Gore Center Blog. There are ample primary sources and analysis available through the Gore Center's official WordPress blog.
- Gore Center Oral History Collections. Our YouTube channel hosts several oral histories in their entirety along with their transcripts. We regularly add complete oral histories or clips from interviews.
EXTERNAL DIGITAL RESOURCES
- Tennessee Virtual Archive
- Tennessee Digital Library
- Digital Public Library of America
- DocsTeach from the U.S. National Archives
- Library of Congress Digital Collections
- The American Yawp (an online, collaborative U.S. history textbook)
Albert Gore Research Center
P. O. Box 193, 1301 E. Main St.
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
University Archives: 615-898-5202
Todd Hall Suite 128
Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Or by appointment
Monday - Thursday
9:00AM - 4:00PM
By appointment only