Research Center


The nationally acclaimed MESDA Research Center houses the MESDA Object Database, a collection of approximately 20,000 records of southern-made objects, and the MESDA Craftsman Database, a collection of primary source information on nearly 85,000 artisans working in 127 different trades.


The MESDA Research Center and the Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library are located within the Frank L. Horton Museum Center:
924 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


The MESDA Research Center is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m, but making an appointment is strongly suggested. The MESDA Research team would be happy to assistance you both virtually or onsite.
Learn more about our current offerings.

Virtual Assistance & Appointments

The MESDA Research team currently offers Virtual Assistance by phone or email and Onsite Appointments.  Learn more about these options.

The MESDA Research Center does not identify, authenticate, evaluate, or appraise objects.  To inquire about any of these services please contact the MESDA Research Center at [email protected].