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Library Adds Three New Electronic Resources

Posted on 12 February 2015 | 6:55 pm

The College of Charleston Library has added the following electronic subscriptions to our collection. The Chronicle of Higher Education A source of news, information, and jobs for college and university … Read More

James Oliver Rigney, Jr.’s St. John’s High School diploma

Posted on 22 April 2013 | 9:49 am — 



The James O. Rigney papers (Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston)


The James O. Rigney papers (Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston)


The Arrival of the James O. Rigney Papers to Special Collections.

Posted on 6 December 2012 | 8:46 am — 

Here are some photos of the arrival of the James O. Rigney Jr. papers to its final home on the shelves of our manuscript vault in the Special Collections department in the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston. Here the papers will await to be processed and made available to researchers, students and fans.


In Memoriam: Emily Spencer DeCosta and Janet D. Hicks

Posted on 8 April 2011 | 4:34 pm — 

The Avery Research Center would like to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of two supporters, Emily Spencer DeCosta and Janet D. Hicks. Emily Spencer DeCosta was born in 1923 in Washington, D.C. to James Spencer and Evie Carpenter Spencer.  In 1942, Emily received her bachelors degree from Virginia State College; in 1943, she earned a […]

‘Mislike Me Not for My Complexion’

Posted on 22 March 2011 | 3:25 pm — 

In spring 2010, Julia Ellen Craft Davis and Vicki Lorraine Davis generously donated the Craft and Crum Family Papers to the Avery Research Center. Archivists and historians alike are delighted with the major highlight of the collection: a tribute book to William and Ellen Craft, enslaved people from Macon, Georgia who completed a daring escape […]

Cainhoy Crossing: An Afternoon Tour of Cainhoy and Daniel Island

Posted on 15 January 2011 | 10:03 pm — 

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance (LOHA) had its first official group outing, a bus tour of the Cainhoy peninsula guided by Herb Frazier.  We all knew that Herb would be a great tour guide, but the depth and scope of his talk was really impressive.  Living in Charleston for over […]

Hutchinson Recounts Charleston Church History

Posted on 21 December 2010 | 11:42 pm — 

If you have lived south of Broad Street, there is a great chance that you may remember a very agile, tiny man, Mr. Felder Hutchinson, serving you as a mail carrier for over thirty years until his retirement in 1985.  If you are a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Thomas Street, you may […]

President Emeritus Stern’s autobiography now online

Posted on 12 October 2010 | 11:00 am — 

In 2001, the library published President Stern’s autobiography, No Problems, Only Challenges.  Thanks to the efforts of the Lowcountry Digital Library team, a digital edition is now available and freely available at

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the collections available at the Lowcountry Digital Library we encourage you to do so.  The Lowcountry Digital Library digitizes and makes accessible unique local resources, providing access to materials that, in the past, required a fieldtrip or were not available at all. In order to provide a well rounded digital collection, the library works with partner institutions in a collaborative manner.  Participating institutions include:

Craft and Crum Family Papers Link Charleston and England

Posted on 30 August 2010 | 3:22 pm — 

Today’s post was authored by a Guest Contributor,  independent historian Jeffrey Green of England. When I returned to Charleston in June 2010 to attend the Charleston Jazz Initiative’s weekend, I visited the Avery Research Center to investigate a postcard of Buckingham Palace. Mailed in 1914, the postcard was addressed to the son of English-born Ellen Craft […]