The Eccles Centre for American Studies
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Tel: 020 7412 7757
The Eccles Centre for American Studies works to increase awareness and use of the British Library's extensive collections of books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers and sound recordings related to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1991 by David and Mary Eccles, the Centre works in collaboration with the Library's Americas curatorial team and external partners interested in the promotion of North American studies in the UK. The Centre runs a lively and diverse events programme, funds research and offers training in the North American collections, and produces bibliographic guides and web exhibitions designed to introduce the quality and breadth of the collections.
An examination of Washington Roebling, the engineer who built the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and helped shape the modern world
A keynote talk to mark the opening of the British Library's exhibition celebrating 150 years since the Confederation of Canada
Eric Foner discusses the history of American radicalism and assesses its future in the age of Trump
The award-winning Canadian actor and writer discusses his work and its relevance to modern Canada
A range of bibliographic guides designed to introduce the North American collections at the British Library, covering a wide range of topics from colonial times to the present.
Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.
Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.
Fellowships and Awards
Awards to help support UK, North American and European scholars who need to visit London to use the British Library's North American collections.
The award scheme offers £20,000 to assist in the research of a current book-length project using the British Library's North American collections.
The Eccles Centre-sponsored Fulbright award is open to US scholars who wish to use the Library’s North American collections for a period of 6 months
The Eccles Centre is delighted to be able to sponsor a variety of awards outside the regular Fellowship programme when possible and also offers support to a number of doctoral students conducting research on North American topics with British Library curators
The Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2018 competition is now open. The award of £20,000 supports research in the British Library's North American collections for a current fiction or non-fiction project.
The Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar award supports a US scholar to conduct research in the British Library's North American collections for a period of 6 months.
Mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing had many family connections to India. His father Julius Mathison Turing belonged to the Indian Civil Service and his mother Ethel was daughter of Edward Waller Stoney, chief engineer of the Madras Railway Company....
I’m using my 2017 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award to research and write my second novel, Catspaw, which follows two women from Chicago to the Sierra foothills during the California Gold Rush. Women are largely excluded from the mythic-historic narrative...
Above: early Canadian aerial photography from the Colonial Copyright Collection, from Wikimedia Commons. This summer, to mark Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations, the British Library will be displaying a selection of photographs from its Colonial Copyright Photograph Collection under the title,...
To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re showcasing The Lowell Offering (1840-45), an extraordinary periodical that students from Royal Holloway asked to see when they attended a research training session here last week: and with good reason! In its short life...