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The Eccles Centre for American Studies

The Eccles Centre for American Studies was founded by David and Mary Eccles in 1991. Based at the British Library - which houses the foremost collection of American books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers and sound recordings outside of the United States - the Centre has two broad aims: to promote the Library's North American materials, and to support American Studies in schools and universities.

Forthcoming Events and Conferences

PhD Placement: 'Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library'

This 3-month (or part time equivalent) PhD placement offers an exciting opportunity to work with the Eccles Centre and the Americas curatorial team to explore the British Library’s North American collections and develop a new research resource.

Open to all doctoral students (as long as they have the support of their supervisor or graduate tutor) the placement scheme includes a dedicated workplan, plus full supervision and training. All placement students are allocated their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the working environment of the team/department in which they are based. Find out more...

Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award 2016 Announced

The Eccles Centre at the British Library is delighted to announce that William Atkins, author and editor, and Alison MacLeod, novelist and short story writer, are the joint winners of the 2016 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. The award of £20,000 is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book the research for which requires that they make extensive use of the British Library's collections relating to the USA, Canada or the Caribbean. Find out more...

Watch former Writer in Residence, Naomi Wood, explain how the award helped her research her novel Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014).

New Research Resources


Congress to Campus Spring 2016
Full conference recording available, topics included election prospects, personality politics, the Obama presidency and the US Congress


Robert H Smith Lecture 2014
America and Britain in the 21st Century (PDF format) 114KB by Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald

Eleventh Annual Eccles Centre Plenary at the British Association for American Studies Conference
American Red: The Public Debt in US History (PDF format) 613KB by Iwan Morgan, University College London

Ninth Annual Eccles Centre Plenary at the British Association for Canadian Studies Conference
Parrots, Pasta and the Politics of Language: Making the Ethical Case for Language Policy and Planning in Quebec (PDF format) 449KB by Leigh Oakes, Queen Mary University of London

Second Biennial Eccles Centre Plenary at the European Association for American Studies Conference
Lincoln's Just Laughter: Humour and Ethics in the Civil War Union (PDF format) 490KB by Richard Carwardine, University of Oxford

For more research resources, explore our bibliographical guides, plenary lecture PDFs and DW Bryant lecture PDFs.

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