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
- Fri 17 July - Fri 28 August 2015
Summer Scholars Talks Series
- Fri 21 August 2015
Jesse Jackson in Conversation
- Thur 14-Sat 16 April 2016
Henry James and Memory Conference
Eccles Centre Summer Scholars Series 2015
Join the Eccles Centre for a series of free lunchtime events on Mondays and Fridays across July and August where writers and scholars will discuss their work and forthcoming publications in an informal setting. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Tea and coffee will be provided. Read more here...
Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships
Applications are invited for the Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award 2016-17 (deadline 3 August). The award is open to U.S. Scholars who would undertake research at the British Library’s collection relating to North America (the U.S. and Canada) for a period of six months. Read more here...
Applications are invited for a 3-month internship project Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library (deadline 28 August). The internship is open to ESRC-sponsored doctoral students. Read more here...
Applications for the 2016 Eccles Centre Visiting Professorships, Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards to help support scholars wishing to visit London to use the British Library's collections relating to North America will open in Autumn 2015. Read more on the Fellowship programme...
Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award
Applications are invited for the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award 2016. This 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. The deadline is 31 August. 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