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
- Thursday 29 September 2016
The Winchester: Legend of the West
- Monday 3 October 2016
Rebel Crossings: Transatlantic Feminism, Free Love and Radicalism
- Wednesday 5 October 2016
Behind the Headlines
- Thursday 6 October 2016
Black Abolitionists in 19th Century Britain
- Monday 10 October 2016
- Friday 14 October 2016
A New History of Abolition
- Tuesday 25 October 2016
- Friday 28 October 2016
Democrats v Republicans: US elections Debate
- Tuesday 15 November 2016
Hollywood and the Great Depression
- Monday 21 November 2016
30 Years of Bloomsbury Publishing
- Friday 25 November 2016
The Pianist Who Transformed the Cold War
- Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 November 2016
US Politics Today: Election Year 2016, A-Level Conference
- Thursday 8 December 2016
Mapping, Power Politics, and the Challenge of the Americas
New Partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives National du Québec
We are pleased to announce the recipient of the Eccles Québec Fellowship is M. Rénald Lessard, coordinator at Bibliothèque et Archives National du Québec (BAnQ). The outcome of a collaboration with the BAnQ and the Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie, the fellowship will support M. Lessard in a three-week visit to the British Library to conduct research on ''The British commander Jeffery Amherst and the conquest of New France: The strategic value of the maps and plans of the British Library."
2017 Conferences: Call for Papers
To complement The British Library's major 'Maps and the Twentieth Century: Drawing the Line' exhibition, we will be hosting a one day symposium on 'Cold War Geographies' on 16 January 2017. This interdisciplinary day will explore and assess how the Cold War changed boundaries, restructured terrain and redefined concepts of space and place. Please refer to the full CFP (pdf) for details on speakers and how to submit a paper proposal.
On 18 February 2017, we are pleased to host the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HoTCUS) winter symposium on the theme of 'War and Conflict in Twentieth Century US Society and Culture.' Please refer to the full CFP (pdf) for details on speakers and how to submit a paper proposal.
We are co-hosting a major international conference with the Institute of Historical Research commemorating the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas' death and burial in Kent. 'Pocahontas and After: historical culture and transatlantic encounters 1617-2017' will be on the 16-18 March 2017, please refer to the full CFP (pdf) for details of speakers and how to submit a paper proposal.
Eccles British Library Writer in Residence
The Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award is an annual competition that is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. The 2017 Award is now closed, please check back in late Spring 2017 for details of the next round or sign up to our mailing list (on the right) to keep informed of the latest news.
Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book, written in the English language, the research for which requires that they make substantial use of the Library's collections relating to North America (The USA, Canada, and 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