The collections (archives and library) of the Center for the Study and Development of Hellenic Culture of the Black Sea, Cultural Centre of the Central Macedonia Regional Unit have been transferred to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Library & Information Centre on February 4th, 2019. The Endowed Chair of Pontic Studies took the initiative for this donation, that was after approved by the Senate and the Cultural Centre of the Central Macedonia Regional Unit.
The Center for the Study and Development of Hellenic Culture of the Black Sea was founded in 1996 on the initiative of the then Prefecture of Thessaloniki.
The Center for the Study and Development of Hellenic Culture of the Black Sea operated until 2011 under a programming agreement signed between the then Prefecture of Thessaloniki, the Cultural Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization on January 17th, 1996.
The following activities have been developed during the operation of the Center for the Study and Development of Hellenic Culture of the Black Sea:
- Establishment of the Library and Archive of the Greeks in the Black Sea region.
- Annual cultural events under the title "Efxeinos Thessaloniki".
- Subsidies for archaeological excavations.
- Creation of Greek Education Centers in universities of the Black Sea countries with Greek Studies Departments.
- Implementation of cultural education programmes in schools where the Greek language is taught.
- Record of Greek Language education and monitor its development systemically.
- Subsidies for training and further education programs for Greek teachers and research students.
- Creation and enhancement of school and community libraries.
- Hospitability programmes, cultural exchanges, and the "adoption" of Greek societies, organizations, and schools, as part of an active network of communication and cooperation.
- Support conferences and other cultural events in Greece and abroad.
- Participation in programmes run by other agencies, universities, and institutes.