As an institutional member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC), the Albert Gore Research Center has the opportunity to contribute to various projects in collaboration with other members of that organization. One such project is an online exhibit of material from heritage preservation institutions documenting the 89th Congress of 50 years ago. This particular session passed substantial legislation that was part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society program, and is often referred to as the “Great Society Congress.” One of the more recent additions to the exhibit is a feature on the Social Security Amendments of 1965, a significant part of this legislation.
The exhibit currently covers aspects of the Congress itself, as well as documents pertaining to individual programs and legislation. The exhibit team use a variety of historical materials in different formats as part of the presentation, and new features with additional documents are on the way.
Because of the richness of the collection of correspondence found in the Albert Gore, Sr. Senate Papers, the AGRC was able to provide a substantial portion of the documents used in the Social Security Amendments of 1965 feature of the exhibit. We have also provided material for features still being developed, and hope to supply more in the future.
Visit the exhibit often for updates. For more about the exhibit’s scope and history, visit the National Council on Public History’s Public History Commons post on the exhibit and the ACSC Website. A visit to the Albert Gore Research Center’s Website will provide opportunities to examine other collections in the Archive of American Democracy, which includes Senator Gore, Congressman Bart Gordon, Congressman Jim Cooper, and numerous others.