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.
The mission of Special Collections is to evaluate, acquire, organize, preserve, and make available regionally significant and/or rare printed and archival materials to support the college curriculum and student, faculty, and patron research. Special Collections’ holdings include over 600 manuscript collections related to the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the institutional records of the College of Charleston, and more than 40,000 rare books and pamphlets.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I use this Site?
To search all collections, type a keyword into the search bar. For Advanced Search functionality, use the “+” icon to add additional search fields. Click on any of the tabs above to browse holdings by collection, digital objects, subjects, names, or record group. If browsing by collection, results can be narrowed by repository or subject by clicking the unit name or subject facets on the left.
What is a Finding Aid?
Finding aids are detailed inventories of unique collections that provide information about the creation, historical context, and contents of primary source materials.
If you have questions about a collection, note the repository that the collection is housed in and click on their name to access their contact information. You can also access the list of repositories by clicking here.