2016 AGRC Graduate Assistants



A new academic year always means new graduate assistants. The Albert Gore Research Center typically employs four graduate assistants who learn how to process archival papers, build exhibits, and conduct reference work. The AGRC provides a space for these graduate students in public history to combine their classroom theory with real-world practice. Let’s get to know them a little better, shall we?


Zachary Kautzman hails from Mandan, North Dakota and received his undergraduate degrees in Public History and History from North Dakota State University (NDSU).

Zach comes to us with previous archival experience as a volunteer at the Hjemkommst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota, and as a student working in the NDSU archives. Most recently he served as a reading room assistant at the North Dakota State Archives, where he cataloged photograph collections and assisted the reference desk.

His current research interests entail United States labor history, particularly focusing on unions. He also enjoys studying the German unification of the 19th century, and the social and economic history of alcohol. At the AGRC, he is particularly interested in learning more about our political collections, such as the Bart Gordon Papers. In tune with his research interests, Zach’s career goals involve working at a large archives doing collections management or teaching German history.

His favorite historical TV show is HBO’s Band of Brothers because it is a compelling example of effective popular history in the media. He thinks the show’s creators did a wonderful job integrating the true stories from World War II veterans into the drama.


Kelsey Lamkin comes from Jackson, TN, and received her B.S. in Anthropology at MTSU this past May.

Although she’s a new graduate assistant, Kelsey is far from an AGRC rookie. She volunteered, interned, and worked in the archive since the summer of 2015. She wrote a couple of great blog posts in the past, including this one on June Anderson.
Her research interests include women’s history, sexuality, and early 20th century history. She is currently working on master’s thesis involving women’s roles in the Middle Tennessee area during World War II. She is particularly intrigued by how the political and social changes affected women’s sexuality and gender roles.
Her ideal career would include researching and writing, preferably in an area with a good autumn climate. Of course, she also like to travel back in time to the 1940s–victory rolls and red lipstick please!
Bradley Harjehausen is one of our returning graduate assistants. He is originally from Yucaipa, CA, and attended the University of Redlands, where he received a B.A. in History.

Bradley is a non-thesis archives student interested in university and institutional history as well as working with audio/visual materials. In fact, his career goals include working in an audio/visual archive that preserves and makes accessible recorded sound and film mediums. He has enjoyed working with one of the AGRC’s recent acquisitions–the Huell Howser WSMV-TV film reels.

If he could go back in time to have tea with any historical figure, Bradley would pick Benjamin Franklin. He’d like to get the dirt on all of Franklin’s accomplishments and wide-ranging interests. The one burning question he would have to ask Franklin: why the turkey?
Julie Maresco is also a returning graduate assistant. She traveled to the south from New York, where she attended SUNY New Paltz and received a B.A. in Art History. She also attended CUNY City College for graduate school in museum studies, but transferred to MTSU in 2014 and is currently working on her master’s in public history.
After moving to Tennessee, she worked at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville and the Rutherford County Archives in Murfreesboro.
Her research interests include public art and monuments and their relationships with public memory and power structures. She also loves studying women’s history, gender studies, LGBT history, the Civil Rights Movement, and social justice activism. At the AGRC, she finds our oral history collection quite fascinating, and has been a major part of our podcast’s on veterans. You can listen to past podcasts on SoundCloud, and look for more in the future!
Julie hopes to one day the director of a museum, archive, or historic site. She plans to pursue a PhD in museum studies either in New York or the United Kingdom.
Her favorite historical movie is the Last King of Scotland for its compelling adaptation of a true story and its demonstration of the power dynamics between Africans and Europeans, men and women, and the complexity of dictatorship in Africa.
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