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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


Eccles Fellowships and Summer Scholars

The recipients of the 2016 competition for Eccles Fellows and Postgraduate Awards were announced at the Irish and British Association for American Studies conference in Belfast. As usual, the research themes incorporated a broad range of categories and we look forward to welcoming the recipients and supporting their use of the collections in the next year. A full list of recipients and their research topics can be seen on our fellowships page.

As part of our commitment to supporting the Fellows and Award holders, the Eccles Centre runs an annual Summer Scholars series where they have an opportunity to present their research to a public audience. This year, we have a packed schedule of 18 Fellows past and present. Please do join us for these free events that run throughout July and August. You can see full details of the programme on our events page.


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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