The U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Archives are located on the lower level of the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library.
The Civic Education Gallery
The Civic Education Gallery of the McConnell-Chao Archives brings
people in direct contact with archival material. With this engaging
outreach program, the McConnell Center and the university hope to create a
greater awareness and appreciation for primary sources and their
importance in documenting the past to understand the present.
Take a tour
Though the papers of Sen. Mitch McConnell and
former Sec. of Labor Elaine L. Chao will take years to process and be
made available for research, the Archives contains an interactive
educational facility open to the public during normal business hours of
Ekstrom Library. Built around the lives and careers of Sen. McConnell
and Sec. Chao, the gallery is designed to educate visitors about
American government, history and politics.
Ekstrom Library, Lower Level (Map)
(1) Visitors are welcome to tour the facility on their own. The Civic Education Gallery is open all hours Ekstrom Library's East Wing is open (hours of operation).
(2) We also offer a free, guided group tour. Online request form
- Take a computer-generated citizenship test
- Watch and evaluate campaign commercials with noted experts Michael Barone and Jennifer Duffy
- View an award-winning film on the history of the U.S. Senate narrated by Sen. McConnell
- View "The Promise of America," an award-winning film outlining Elaine Chao's rise from immigrant to member of the President's Cabinet
- Learn essential lessons from American history and our experience under the U.S. Constitution
- See awards, commendations, documents and other artifacts from the long careers of two of the most consequential Americans of the last two decades
The McConnell-Chao Archives
The McConnell Chao-Archives are designed to
preserve and manage the papers of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and
former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao.
The collections have not yet opened for research. Please contact the Curator.
Contact Information for the Curator