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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 Centre Visiting Fellowships

Applications are now closed for the 2015 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. Read more on the Fellowship programme...

Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award

The Eccles Centre is delighted to announce that Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, writer and 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction judge, and Benjamin Markovits, critically acclaimed author and Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013, are the joint winners of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. Read 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 2015
Full conference recording available, topics included election prospects, personality politics, the Obama presidency and the US Congress

Benjamin Franklin House Symposium 2014
Reflections on Press Freedom by Alan Rusbridger

Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair Lecture 2014
In Woodrow Wilson's Shadow: America's Great War, 1914-2014 by David Reynolds

Nineteenth Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
How Dismal is the Future of American Politics? by Tony Badger


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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