Harlan M. Greene is Head of Special Collections of the College of Charleston's Addlestone Library. He previously served as assistant Director of the South Carolina Archival and Reference Services of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, among other positions.
A native of Charleston and a graduate of the College of Charleston, Mr. Greene is recognized as an expert on the Charleston Renaissance, the period of cultural revival that brought Charleston artists and writers to national and international prominence between the World Wars. He has published books on such diverse topics as the opera “Porgy and Bess”, slave badges, and Charleston literary history (including biographies of writers John Bennett, and Harry Hervey). Mr. Greene has contributed essays to volumes on Charleston artists Charles Fraser, Alfred Hutty, and William Halsey, and to a forthcoming book on the daguerreotypes of enslaved African Americans by Joseph Zealy. He is published frequently in Arts and Antiques Magazine, Charleston Magazine, and Metropolitan Home. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries and lectures on Charleston history to local, regional and national audiences.
Mr. Greene is the recipient of many archival awards, among them the Lambda Literary Award for his novel “What the Dead Remember”. He is the author of the novels “The German Officer's Boy”, being adapted for Israeli television, and “Why We Never Danced the Charleston” which was recently listed by the Charlotte Observer as one of nine most underrated Southern novels. He currently serves as the chair of the City of Charleston's Historical Commission.
He is an avid collector of "Porgy and Bess" art and memorabilia as well as Charleston art.