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Avery Research Center


The mission of the Avery Research Center 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. 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

Introducing the Avery Digital Classroom

We at the Avery Research Center give our thoughts and prayers to our stakeholders near and far. We hope that you follow all state, federal, and health guidelines. Due to the COVID-19 public health issue the Avery Research Center staff and faculty are not physically in the building, but we are still implementing our mission […]

Remote/virtual archival and library assistance will be available to College of Charleston students and faculty only while the Avery Research Center is closed to the public. For more information, please call 843-953-7608 or e-mail averyresearchcenter@cofc.edu.

Tours, In-Person Research Visits, and Public Programming Cancelled due to COVID-19 effective March 12, 2020

The Avery Research Center Is Closed to Tours on Monday, March 9, 2020. Tours Should Reopen to the Public on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. We Apologize for the Inconvenience.

MLK, Jr. Day Hours

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and the College of Charleston Libraries are CLOSED on Monday, January 20, 2020 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Tours and reading room hours will resume on Tuesday, January 21st at 10:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively.