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Avery Research Center


The mission of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.  Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora. The Avery Research Center is located at 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424 in the historic Harleston Village.  Phone: 843.953.7609.

General hours of operation are Monday–Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily.



News & Notes

Renovation Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of the renovation? The renovation will be from April 2018 to August 2018. From January 2018 to March 2018, the Avery Research Center’s faculty and staff will be packing and moving collections out of the building. When will the Avery Research Center reopen? We are aiming to reopen in time for […]

RENOVATIONS UPDATE (JANUARY 2018): The Avery Research Center will continue to be closed to the public for general tours and archival patrons from now until Fall 2018. Please contact the manager of archival services Aaisha Haykal at haykalan@cofc.edu (843-953-7615) for archival concerns or contact the Avery Research Center at 843-953-7609 or averyadmin@cofc.edu for more information regarding renovations.

Happy New Year! The Avery Research Center will be closed to the public due to HVAC issues (01/02/18). The earliest we will reopen is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 3, 2018, to normal business hours for patrons who have made an appointment. The Avery Research Center remains closed to public tours. We will also keep folks updated regarding the winter storm watch that is in effect for tomorrow (01/03/18).

Renovations Update: The Avery Research Center continues to be closed to public tours as renovations have suffered a delay. Public tours are not expected to resume until July 2018. Archival visits may still be scheduled five days in advance. We cannot accommodate walk-ins. Continued thanks for your patience.

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will be closed to researchers due to the expected high volume of traffic and visitors on the peninsula for the total solar eclipse. We will reopen at 10am on Tuesday, August 22nd for researchers. For a research appointment please e-mail […]