Get Involved

Support to the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is vital in order to carry out its mission to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of Charleston, Lowcountry, and South Carolina African Americans.

We hope you consider helping the Avery Research Center promote its mission for generations to come.

You can be involved in the following ways:

Making a financial contribution

The Avery Research Center uses the funds raised to acquire rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts, secure top-notch lecturers and speakers, curate thought-provoking exhibitions, and provide workshops to better serve the community. You can make a financial donation to the Avery Research Center here.

Donating records and materials

The archives and museum actively collects items related to the African American experience in the South Carolina Lowcountry. If you’re interested in donating, carefully read the donation guidelines and fill out the form or contact our curatorial staff. Please do not bring items to the Center without an appointment.

Student Employment

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Charleston and external students from a wide variety of disciplines. Additionally, we can support practicums and internships for individuals seeking professional experience related to work in library and information sciences, archival science, museum studies, social justice, non-profit management, African American studies, public history/interpretation. Practicum and internship students may be fulfilling degree requirements that might stipulate the number of hours or the type of project. Others may be gaining experience outside of degree program to enhance a resume through professional opportunities.

Current College of Charleston students (graduate and undergraduate) may see open positions on Handshake.

If you are interested in exploring a practicum or internship at the Avery Research Center, please fill out this form. We may already have opportunities or needs that speak to your interests or we might have the capacity to facilitate a new opportunity.

MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center offers self-guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1030AM-12PM and 2PM-330PM. For large groups we ask you limit 25 people or fewer per time slot for self-guided tours. Due to staffing shortages Avery will not be offering guided tours to the general public until further notice.

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