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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Phone

Admin Office: 843.953.7609 
Archives: 843.953.7608 
Fax: 843.953.7607

Location

125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29424

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Hours

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 Wedneday of the month from 4:30PM-6:30PM.
Advance Registration 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 Topaz featuring author, Beverly Jenkins


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

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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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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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Juneteenth Open House at the Avery Research Center on June 15th at 4:30 p.m.

Join the Avery Research Center for a unique learning experience in honor of Juneteenth! During[…]

Avery Research Center May Programs

Register for programs at this link or by clicking the pictures below

Educators Join us for our May Open House

Educators! Join the Avery Research Center for a 30-minute self-guided tour of our latest exhibits, receive resources to[…]

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.

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