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

Archive Hours

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

Museum Hours

Open for guided tours by appointment and self-guided tours on selected days.

Tour Information

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 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Dr. Conseula Francis Reading Circle January event of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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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

Part 1: Lowcountry Resistance by Mateo Mérida

The 2023 Black History annual theme is Black Resistance and in honor of this for[…]

Part 3: Old Slave Mart and Charleston’s Historic Memory by Mateo Mérida

The end of the Wragg years saw a lot of mystery surrounding the future of[…]

Join us for Avery’s Black History Month Open House on Tues. Feb 7th at 4:30 pm

Join the Avery Research Center for a unique learning experience in honor of Black History[…]

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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MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center is currently open for guided tours by appointment and self-guided tours on selected days.

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

ARCHIVES: Researchers must schedule a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.