Albert Gore Research Center

Gore Badger eventUPCOMING EVENT: Albert Gore, Sr., Voting Rights, Civil Rights, and Public Policy

Join us for a conversation between Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore and Professor Anthony Badger, author of "Albert Gore, Sr.: A Political Life" as part of the Strickland Visiting Scholar Program. The event will be held in MTSU's Tucker Theatre on September 16, 2019 from 3:00-4:30PM. It is free and open to the public. Limited parking will be available in the Reese Smith (Baseball) Lot. 

If you need accessibility accommodations or a sign language interpreter, please contact Sarah Calise as soon as possible by email or by phone 615-898-2632. 

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The event is sponsored by the Albert Gore Research Center, MTSU's College of Liberal Arts, MTSU's Department of History, and the MTSU American Democracy Project.


Researchers may make appointments with our archivists, but we are closed for all other public activity. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are taking this time to inventory our collections, and make our archival materials more accessible to the public. You may contact us here.

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!


Opening in May 2019, "A Great and Noble Undertaking: Remembering Tennesseans in World War II" honors the 75th anniversary of D-Day and explores how Tennesseans were involved in World War II on the home front and overseas. All artifacts on display are from Albert Gore Research Center collections unless otherwise noted. Public History graduate student Marley Abbott worked alongside archivist Sarah Calise to curate this exhibit. It is located on the first floor of James E. Walker Library and it will remain open throughout the summer. Members of the public can best view the exhibit after 5:30PM Monday-Friday, or anytime on weekends to avoid parking restrictions. Please visit the library's website for updated summer hours.

marley abbott with world war 2 exhibit


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


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.

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Albert Gore Research Center

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

Main: 615-898-2632
University Archives: 615-898-5202
Director: 615-898-2633


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