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

Location

125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29424

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Archives: We offer in-person and virtual research services by appointment only. See procedures below to set up your required pre-appointment consultation or call the archives at 843.953.7608

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Museum Tours: The Avery Research Center is currently closed to all tours.

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 Topaz featuring author, Beverly Jenkins


Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle December event on Topaz featuring author, Beverly Jenkins

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Decolonizing Lecture Series: Sovereignty & Survivance

We are glad to share one of the Dr. Conseula Francis Emerging Scholars Emerging Scholars Lecture Series presents by Lelani Sabzalian, Ph.D., who is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies in Education at the University of Oregon

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The Role of Black Women Social Clubs in Political, Social and Cultural Activism in the Lowcountry

Join Archivist Aaisha Haykal as she facilitates an amazing guest lecture with Dr. Cherisse Jone-Branch of Arkansas State University on the Role of Black Women Social Clubs in Political, Social, and Cultural Activism in the Lowcountry.

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Archive Spotlight: Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mateo Mérida

In the United States, the third Monday of January is intended to be a day[…]

Avery Research Center January 2022 Digital Classroom Events

We hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season filled with much needed[…]

Archive Spotlight: Book Lover’s Club by Kangkang Kovacs

This is the thirty-first annual program for the Book Lover’s Club, printed in 1938. On[…]

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: Avery Research Center is not open for tours or walk-in researchers. Researchers must schedule a consultation before making an appointment.

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