Announcing the Completion of our NHPRC Grant!

Today we are happy to feature a guest post by the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture’s Manager of Archival Services, Aaisha Haykal.


Completion of Digitizing Twentieth Century Civil Rights Collections Grant

By Aaisha Haykal, Manager of Archival Services

From 2015 to 2017, the College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture partnered on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant to digitize a select number of documents from thirteen (13) of Avery’s collections, that documented Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding Lowcountry region in the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. The collections are fully accessible online through the LCDL website

Links to the completed collection pages, which has a description of the individual or organization

In total we were able to add approximately 41,000 pages to LCDL or a little over 36 linear feet. These collections have been used in instruction sessions and to assist patrons with finding research materials. Additionally, several of the collections, such as Millicent Brown and Septima Clark, have been featured in the South Carolina Black History Bugle, which can be found on the Avery’s website. For the future we are continuing to seek ways to integrate the collections into both K-12 and higher education curriculum. Beyond the classroom, we hope that these collections will be helpful guides for and to further educate the people who are fighting for civil rights in this country. Additionally, we at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture continue to collect records that document the continued civil rights struggles that we are experiencing in Charleston, South Carolina, and Lowcountry region.

As you view the collections, you may see photographs with no attribution or identifying names. To the best of our ability we aimed to identify people and places, but we definitely welcome assistance in recognizing some of the unknown people in photographs. Thus, if you know a specific person in an image please contact the with your edits.

The faculty and staff of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and LCDL worked well together in putting together this resource for the community. Thank you for your vision, work, and efforts.


All of the collections mentioned above were digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.