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 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.

COVID-19 Policies for Visiting the Gore Center in 2021

  1. APPOINTMENT ONLY. Anyone wanting to visit us for on-site research must make an appointment with one of our archivists at least one week in advance. Email or, or call 615-898-2632.
    1. 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.
  2. MASKS REQUIRED. Per University policy as of 8/9/2021, everyone regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask indoors, including our archive. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our staff and students.
  3. Only ONE researcher will be permitted to work in our reading room for three hour blocks: 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm.
  4. All researchers should bring their own supplies, like pencils and paper. PENCIL ONLY. No pens, highlighters, or markers of any kind.
  5. 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. 
  6. Archival material will be quarantined for no less than 5 days after a researcher has used them per ongoing studies from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  7. Research tables and chairs will be disinfected daily, and after a researcher is finished for the day.

Explore Historical LGBTQ+ Documents and Periodicals!

We have been digitizing historical LGBTQ+ materials from our collections, mostly OutCentral, and making them available on the Digital Collections page of this website. You can find the newspapers Dare and Xenogeny as well as The Pink Pages and the 2001 Nashville Pride Guide. We will continue to add items to this page. Discover Middle Tennessee's LGBTQ+ history here.

graphic explaining 1300 pages of queer news now online


Explore primary and secondary sources related to the history of MTSU's Black student life and activism with the I AM TRUE BLACK syllabus that accompanied our exhibit during spring semester 2021. 

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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


Todd Hall Suite 128


Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 4:00PM

Or by appointment

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00AM - 4:00PM


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