The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

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

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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Contact the Avery Research Center by email.

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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 are offering in-person and virtual research services. Both are by appointment only. Please see below for procedures on how to set up your required pre-appointment consultation or you may call the archives at 843.953.7608.

Pre-Appointment Consultation ProceduresFull Schedule

Museum Tours: The Avery Research Center is currently closed to all tours. Stay tuned for our upcoming
virtual tour.

Avery Digital Classroom

The digital classroom features multiple activities to appeal to all, such as digital lectures, film screenings, book discussions, and interactive online trivia. Each participant will leave the Avery Digital Classroom historically stimulated as a result of its fun, educational, and interpersonal environment. 

Cultivating Community: Conversation With Dr. Tamara T. Butler

This talk “Cultivating Community” features our new executive director Dr. Tamara Butler. Dr. Butler dives into her goals as the new executive director of the Avery Research Center, explains how she aims to continue our unified community, and shares her personal journey to her current role.

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The False Cause: A Discussion with Dr. Adam Domby

We are glad to share our discussion of The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, Discussionwhich was led by author, historian, and College of Charleston professor Dr. Adam H. Domby.

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2021 Black History Month Events!

The anniversary is February, but we celebrate year round! We Celebrate Year Round is an interactive, thought provoking, and inspiring virtual Black history program created to spark meaningful conversation, engage students grades K-12, while reiterating the importance of black influence on the world as we know it.

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Latest News

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

October is Archives Month: Celebrating the Book Lover’s Club by Mateo Mérida

When thinking of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the mass quarantine that it created, a distinctive[…]

October is Archives Month : Decorative Sweetgrass Wall Pocket By Kangkang Kovacs

This blog post is written by Kangkang Kovacs, who is a graduate assistant at the[…]

October is American Archives Month: African American Burial Sites in Charleston, South Carolina by Mateo Mérida

As a city that is more than 350 years old, Charleston is the final resting place of many hundreds of thousands of people who have lived here throughout the course of its history. A sizable portion of these burial places belong to people of African descent who constituted a majority of the population for most of the 350-year history.

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