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!

Movement 68 Symposium Recording Now Available

You can now watch the entire Movement 68 Symposium on the Gore Center's YouTube page with closed captions. The symposium commemorated the past 50 years of black student activism at MTSU. Keynote speaker Lae'l Hughes-Watkins discussed the importance of documenting and archiving student activism, and a panel of six alumni--Sylvester Brooks, Dr. Phyllis Hickerson-Washington, Dr. Michael McDonald, Dr. Vincent Windrow, Andre Canty, and Arionna White--spoke about their experiences on and off campus. Learn more about the symposium in by exploring the Movement 68 section on our left navigation panel. 

movement 68 panel


New Online Exhibit

Atomic Appalachia: the History of Oak Ridge

Mary DePeder, our Bart Gordon Papers Summer Intern, curated this exhibit on the political, social, and environmental history of Oak Ridge, Tennessee using the papers of Congressmen Albert Gore, Sr. and Bart Gordon. 

View the exhibit

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Forrest Hall Protest Collection

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.

Forrest To Stay

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Albert Gore Research Center

P. O. Box 193, 1301 E. Main St.
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132


Todd Hall Suite 128


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