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
- July-September 2014: Summer Scholars Seminar Series
Mon 21 July
Gertrude Stein: Suffragist, Librettist, Modernist, or Nazi Collaborator?
Mon 28 July
Semiotics of Foodways and Identity in American Movies
Mon 4 August
Food Diplomacy, Victual Warfare, and the Revolutionary Atlantic
Fri 8 August
The Brooklyn Bridge and its Beginnings: Across America in the Steps of Washington Roebling
Mon 11 August
Ireland and Irish America in the First British Empire
Fri 12 September
Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Fellow
- Mon 8 September 2014
Alan Rusbridger – Reflections on Press Freedom
- Tues 9 September 2014
Prisoners of the Blob: Why Most Educational Experts Are Wrong About Everything
- Mon 22 September 2014
Books Talk Back
- Fri 3 October 2014
Mary Borden in the Forbidden Zone: An American Nurse at the Western Front
Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2015
The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library invites applications for the Writer in Residence Award 2015. Watch former Writer in Residence, Naomi Wood, explain how the award helped her research her novel Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014).
Details of the application process are available here.
Eccles Centre Visiting Professorships, Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards 2014
The awards for April 2014 - September 2015 have now been made.
Read more about the recipients and their research in the British Library collections here.
Details of the Awards programme are available here.
New Research Resources
Eighteenth Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
From Acadie to Arab Spring: Reflections on America's Place in the World by Lyse Doucet. Listen to the Podcast
Seventeenth Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
Rorschach President: How Barack Obama personifies the anxieties and aspirations of America(PDF format 209KB) by Gary Younge
"For Myself, For My Children,
includes both a bibliography of early American women's writings at the British Library, and selective biographies