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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Avery is using $120K in grant funds to collect oral histories and digitize photographs.
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Admin Office: 843.953.7609 
Archives: 843.953.7608 
Fax: 843.953.7607


125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29424


Archives: 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

Pre-Appointment Consultation ProceduresFull Schedule

Museum Tours: The Avery Research Center is not currently offering guided tours to the public.

Take a self-guided tour at our
Open House on the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Advance Registration is required.

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 Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle December event on Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

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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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Latest News

Check out the latest information and content from the Avery Research Center

November 2022 Program Activities

All events are free and open to the public. The Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle[…]

Walter Boags: History Through Portraits

Walter N. Boags From 1949 to the late 1970s, Walter N. Boags (1917-1997) owned and[…]

Avery Research Center Virtual Tour Now Available!

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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COVID-19 POLICIES: The Avery Research Center is NOT currently open for walk-in, guided tours. Researchers must schedule a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.

OPEN HOUSE: The Avery Research Center currently offers self-guided tours on the second Wednesday of the month. Advance registration required.