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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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

Drawing from her book Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools, Dr. Sabzalian’s talk highlights the everyday ways that Native youth, families, and educators creatively navigate the colonial dynamics of public education.

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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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Latest News

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

SC PBS Interview with Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner on Justice deferred – Race and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is usually seen as protector of our liberties: it ended segregation, was[…]

Dr. Conseula Francis Book Circle: Topaz by Beverly Jenkins on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30pm

We are excited to host another fantastic guest author! In conjunction with Black Ink: A[…]

Indigeneity Among African Americans by Mateo Mérida

There are a wide variety of misconceptions in American history, and few communities have been[…]

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