From the President to the People exhibit now open

Our new exhibit on the Inauguration From the President to the People is now open during our usual business hours. The exhibit explores the history of the political process and logistics of planning inaugural events.

From the President to the People

It features documents, photographs, and objects from the Albert Gore Papers, Bart Gordon Papers, John McFarland Papers, MTSU University Archives, and Tennessee State University Special Collections. There is also a select number of items in a separate case from President Trump's Inauguration.

AGRC Hours for December 12 through January 13

The Albert Gore Research Center will be open to researchers by appointment only from Monday, December 12, 2016, through Thursday, December 22, 2016. Middle Tennessee State University will close for Winter Break on Friday, December 23, 2016, through Monday, January 2, 2017. The AGRC will be available to researchers by appointment again from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 through Friday, January 13, 2017. The Center will resume normal business hours for the Spring semester on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Please email Donna Baker at for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Thanksgiving Week Hours

The Albert Gore Research Center will be open on Wednesday, November 23 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The center will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. We will resume our regular hours on Monday, November 28.

AGRC Closed Friday, October 7, 2016

The Albert Gore Research Center will be closed on Friday, October 7, 2016. We will reopen on Monday, October 10. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Veterans Day 2015

In honor of Veterans Day, we have created an activity based on an item from our Tennessee Maneuvers collection. You can design your own commemorative pillowcase, just like this one.

Tennessee Maneuver Pillowcase

Click here to see how to do it!

Hours for Thursday, October 21

The Albert Gore Research Center will open at 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 22, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Albert Gore Research Center Welcomes New Director

Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes


Margaret Lindsley Warden Inducted into US Eventing Hall of Fame

Horse sports enthusiasts are celebrating the legacy of Margaret Lindsley Warden, whose equine library and papers are some of the Albert Gore Research Center’s most prized collections. The US Eventing Association has announced that Warden will be inducted into their Eventing Hall of Fame in December 2015.


As the USEA stated in its press release about Hall of Fame inductees, “If you are in any way connected to present day eventing then you owe a debt of gratitude to Warden, the founder of modern day eventing in America.” Margaret Lindsley Warden held the first civilian event in the country in Nashville in 1952, the “Southeast’s Initial One Day Event.” She founded the Middle Tennessee Pony Club in 1953. Its annual event, which takes place every October, is now the oldest in the country.

The Margaret Lindsley Warden Library for Equine Studies contains more than 2,500 bound volumes from the 16th through the 19th centuries. The Margaret Lindsley Warden Papers include her research notes, magazines, stud books, clippings, brochures, event programs, and other horse related documents as well as approximately 2,900 photographs. MTSU alumna and former AGRC graduate assistant Perky Beisel did an oral history interview with Ms. Warden in 2000. Click HERE to listen.

Brown Bag Session: Cyber Disaster Prevention and Response Challenges for Public Historians

On Tuesday April 28th, the Albert Gore Research Center (AGRC) will host a “May Day -3” presentation/discussion on cybersecurity-focused emergency preparedness and disaster response in cultural heritage institutions. Emergency planning and disaster response are a vital part of managing items of historical value in any heritage institution. Digital assets are susceptible to the same dangers of physical theft or damage that may endanger more traditional collections, but are also suffer from additional vulnerabilities that may damage, destroy, or otherwise render them useless. We will concentrate on challenges that affect cultural heritage, and provide a few practical cybersecurity tips that may be used immediately by all. Jim Havron, archivist and cybersecurity practitioner, will lead the session. The gathering will be at 11:00 in the AGRC conference room, Todd 129, and those who wish to bring their lunches.

"Forensic Historians on the Trail of Human Rights Violators"

Public presentation and discussion by Dr. Steven Coe, Historian, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.
Peck Hall 218

The HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. HRSP also prosecutes perpetrators of other international violent crimes. Dr. Coe's training is in Russian and Eastern European modern history. His work at the Justice Department has focused on war crimes in Eastern Europe from World War II to more recent conflicts.

Dr. Coe's visit to MTSU is funded by the Albert Gore Research Center and the Public History Program in the MTSU Department of History.

MTSU Buttons Campaign

The Albert Gore Research Center is participating in the MTSU Buttons Campaign, where students can collect pins associated with special events and university departments. Our pin looks a a little like this: In exchange for a button, we ask that you post a selfie with our Albert Gore bobblehead on our Facebook page. Like our page, then upload your selfie directly on our page. It is easy to do, but if you have any trouble you can contact Donna Baker to assist you.

Political Jingles and Country Music

The History of Political Songs and Jingles in Tennessee is a favorite online exhibit that we continue to revamp and add content. Kent Syler, Special Projects Coordinator at the Albert Gore Research Center, continues to search for Tennessee political jingles and found a treasure: Tammy Wynette's altered version of "Stand By Your Man" for Tom Wiseman's 1974 gubernatorial campaign. Three different versions of her hit song are available on our web page.

Also new in the exhibit is a video clip from the Huell Howser papers featuring Winfield Dunn singing "Lovesick Blues" with Hank Williams Jr. at Dunn's inaugural ball on January 16, 1971. To view the Tennessee political jingles, please go to our revised exhibit page, or click the link above to view all parts of the exhibit.

Adopt A Veteran: The Veterans History Project at MTSU

The Albert Gore Research Center is an official partner in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. To listen to the oral history interviews conducted with veterans, you can go to the Middle Tennessee Oral History Project or Veterans Oral Histories.


The Veterans History Project is a public service as part of the mission of the Gore Research Center, but we depend on donations from the public to keep the project going. This Memorial Day we ask you to consider a donation to adopt, symbolically, a veteran’s interview. With a contribution of just $50, donors can adopt a veteran, or adopt two veterans for $100, three for $150, etc.  Donate online via the secure MTSU Foundation web site . Just click the button for “Adopt a Veteran.” For more information, visit

If you know of a veteran who would like to participate by being interviewed, please contact oral history project coordinator Jim Havron. Any veteran of any branch of service is now eligible to be included in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

Historypin Project Presentations

Honors Tennessee history students have contributed more collections to the Albert Gore Research Center's Historypin channel. This is a continuation of a project started in 2013 with Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle to utilize in a research-based project. Historypin is a social media site where individuals and organizations around the world share historical materials. Each item is pinned to a location on Google maps; site users can look at individual pins, collections, and tours. Students have prepared a total of fourteen collections on topics from the Middle Tennessee State Normal School to the Tennessee Maneuvers to the Smyrna Hospital Auxiliary to MT Lambda. Their collections include written documents, images, and sound and video recordings drawn from the holdings of the Albert Gore Research Center.

Congress Week 2014, April 1-7

We commemorate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Congress this year by celebrating Congress Week, a program of the  Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. We're pleased to make available on the web for the first time Congressman Albert Gore Sr.'s WSM radio broadcasts leading up to and during World War II; Congressman Bart Gordon's legislative project files from the 1980s through 2010; and Congressman Jim Cooper's correspondence files from his service as representative to Tennessee's fourth district in the 1980s and 1990s. Join us in our mission to preserve Congressional materials and to educate our citizens about American democracy.

Women's History Month 2014

March is Women's History Month. Visit the Albert Gore Research Center to view materials in the Archive of Middle Tennessee Women. Manuscripts and oral histories on the lives of women in Middle Tennessee in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are only part of what you might wish to research here. For more information, click on the "Research Our Collections" button at the top of the page, or click on the Archive of Middle Tennessee Women hyperlink above.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination

Albert Gore, Sr., was a trusted friend and advisor to President John F. Kennedy. To honor the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, The Tennessean visited the Albert Gore Research Center to explore the Gore/Kennedy friendship. To read the article and to hear Kent Syler, special projects coordinator, discuss this friendship, please click here.

Veterans History Project on the Truman Jones Show

Dr. Jim Williams joined host Truman Jones to talk about oral history projects at the Albert Gore Research Center. As Veterans Day approaches, Dr. Williams played clips from the Veterans History Project, an oral history project launched by the Library of Congress and to which the Gore Research Center contributes. To hear the interview, please go to the Truman Jones Show home page.

On Exhibit

Our exhibit, Uncommon Thread: The Life of Louise Mott Miles, featuring Louise Mott Miles (1907–2009), a Rutherford County native, Middle Tennessee State Teachers College graduate (1928), and dedicated educator, is now open to the public. Visitors can view the exhibit during Albert Gore Research Center operating hours. Be sure to pick up one of our recipe cards as part of your visit!

Archives Month 2013

1 October 2013--October is Archives Month, and the Albert Gore Research Center is celebrating the importance of archives along with other archives and research centers across the United States. Tennessee archives are celebrating with the theme  “Listen Up! Discovering, Sharing and Preserving Our Stories,”  so we chose to create a slideshow highlighting some of the interesting stories from our materials. You can see this slideshow at the Albert Gore Research Center, or check out our blog for more information. 

Albert Gore Research Center Channel on Historypin

17 April 2013--Check out our new channel on Historypin at For more information about the channel, read our blog post about the launch.

Brown Bag Discussions

The Albert Gore Research Center and MTSU Archives is pleased to announce this semester’s lineup of brown bag discussions in archival management. All discussions take place in the conference room of the Albert Gore Research Center, Todd Hall 129 Everyone with an interest is welcome to join us!

*Thursday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. Stewart Southard, Conservator, Tennessee State Library and Archives
*Thursday, April 11, 11:30 a.m. Sara Harwell, Vice President and Chief Archivist, Disciples of Christ Historical Society Library and Archives, Nashville

More details about each discussion will be announced as the time comes. Questions? Contact Dr. Jim Williams, Director, AGRC, at 898-2633 or

Huell Howser

The Albert Gore Research Center mourns the loss of memorable Tennessee journalist Huell Howser, who passed away in California on January 6. The center is the depository of the video and manuscript archive of Howser's work in the late 1960s and 1970s for WSMV-TV in Nashville, with a wealth of memorable stories, a few of which are mentioned in this story from WSMV. Center director Dr. Jim Williams was working with Howser in 2012 to digitize and otherwise preserve and make accessible the video and film in the collection. "Huell wanted very badly to return to Tennessee and work with us on this project," Williams remarked. "I am sad that he won't be able to do this, but we will continue to pursue this on his behalf."

30 November 2012--Listen as Dr. Jim Williams and Kent Syler discuss political jingles and the new online exhibit "History of Political Songs and Jingles in Tennessee."

25 September 2012--Listen as Dr. Jim Williams and Kent Syler discuss with Truman Jones the political papers and university related materials at the Albert Gore Research Center. Recorded on 12 September 2012.

Call for a detailed tour of campus. The tour not only discusses the history of the buildings, but also includes personal stories from former students, faculty, and staff taken from the Q.M. Smith and Middle Tennessee Oral History Projects at the Albert Gore Research Center.

Back in 1938 while a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Albert Gore and his band played at a music festival in Washington. Listen to a recording here, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

These re-election stickers are from an Albert Gore, Sr., campaign, most likely in 1970. They are just two of the many pieces of campaign memorabilia in the center's Archive of American Democracy. Visit us to view hats, buttons, stickers, pencils, . . .