Located on the ground floor of 125 Bull St., the Phillis Wheatley Literary and Social Club Reading Room welcomes visits from students, staff, faculty, scholars, and the general public. Holdings in the Avery Research Center date from late eighteenth century to the twenty-first century and include documents, images, oral histories, audio-visual materials, printed materials, and cultural artifacts. The collections contain over 900 linear feet of archival holdings, more than 6,000 printed volumes, and over 1,700 hundred artifacts. The majority of the collection documents African American life in Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry region. Major themes of the collections include education, civil rights activism, labor rights activism, and documentation of Gullah-Geechee culture.
The Avery Research Center reference staff provides research support services such as access to and assistance in using materials at the Avery Research Center. However, we do not conduct research for patrons. If you are unable to travel to Charleston, you may wish to consider hiring a local research assistant. The Avery Research Center does not employ nor negotiate contracts with independent research consultants.
All users of our collections are required to register at our reference desk. Registration requires that researchers agree to our reading room policies and procedures. Only then will permission to access archival collections and other materials at the Avery Research Center be granted. One form of current photographic identification is required. Processed manuscript collections and other cataloged items can be searched via the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library’s online catalog.
For questions about our collections or reference/archival services email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 843-953-7608.