The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Collecting, preserving, and promoting the unique history and culture of the African diaspora

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Admin Office: 843.953.7609 
Archives: 843.953.7608 
Fax: 843.953.7607


125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Archive Hours

We offer in-person and virtual research services by appointment only.
Pre-appointment consultation required. See procedures below or call the archives at 843.953.7608

Museum Hours

Open for guided tours by appointment and self-guided tours on selected days.

Tour Information

Avery Digital Classroom

The digital classroom features a variety of fun, stimulating, educational activities such as digital lectures, film screenings, book discussions, and interactive online trivia. Check out our past events here

Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle Discussion of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle January event of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Documenting the Arc

Join the Documenting the Arc project team to discussing the grant outcomes, status, and refelections from community advisory board members and interviewees. 

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Avery Research Center How The Word is Passed Book: 2022 College Reads Discussion

Join Avery’s Executive Director, Dr. Tamara Butler and Avery Research Center’s undergraduate assistant as they facilitate a discussion on the 2022 College of Charleston’s College Reads book,  How The Word by Clint Smith.

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Our Mission

The Avery Research Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. As a part of the College of Charleston’s Library system, the Avery Research Center’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora

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MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center offers self-guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1030AM-12PM and 2PM-330PM. For large groups we ask you limit 25 people or fewer per time slot for self-guided tours. Due to staffing shortages Avery will not be offering guided tours to the general public for the remainder of 2023.

ARCHIVES: Researchers must have a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.