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.



Alison MacLeod: All The Beloved Ghosts

Alison MacLeod discusses her playful and evocative short stories


The Post-Racial Condition of Trump's Possibility

American civil rights activist and scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw delivers the 22nd annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture


The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

An examination of Washington Roebling, the engineer who built the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and helped shape the modern world


Imagining Canada's North: Phil Hatfield

A keynote talk to mark the opening of the British Library's exhibition celebrating 150 years since the Confederation of Canada


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

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...

Soviet Military Mapping of the Cold War Era

Friday, February 17, 2017

In this exclusive guest post, map historian John Davies introduces one of the most enigmatic of 20th century map genres. 'The story of Soviet military mapping is the story of a massive secret project, spanning the fifty years of the...

The Flint Sit-down Strike, 1936-37

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Eighty years ago today – following a 44-day sit-down strike at their plant in Flint, Michigan – General Motors (GM) formally recognised the United Automobile Workers (UAW) as the sole bargaining authority for the striking workers. Wikimedia Commons, provided by...

More blog posts

Follow the Eccles Centre on Twitter

Eccles Centre mailing list

Join our mailing list to receive updates on events, activities, resources and opportunities.