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.


Cliff Cardinal in Conversation with Michael Walling

The award-winning Canadian actor and writer discusses his work and its relevance to modern Canada

Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues

A two-day conference and exhibition exploring security and insecurity in the Caribbean through creativity

Shashamane: On the Trail of the Promised Land

A film screening and panel discussion

Looking for Melville

An afternoon exploring recent responses to the complex and controversial American author of Moby-Dick


Bibliographic guides

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.

Web exhibitions

Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.

Lectures and interviews

Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.

Collection guides

Further details about the Americas collections at the British Library.

Fellowships and Awards

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate 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.

Eccles British Library Writer's Award

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.

Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award

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

Special Fellowships and Doctoral Awards

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


Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2018 competition now open

22 March 2017

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.

Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar applications invited for the 2018-19 academic year

22 March 2017

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.

Blog posts

The Turings of India

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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....

Women in the California Gold Rush

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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...

Canada Through the Lens: mapping a collection

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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,...

Marking International Women’s Day: The Lowell Offering

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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...

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