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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 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

The Federal Writers' Project: A guide to materials held at the British Library

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

Early American Science: A Selective Guide To Materials At The British Library

"For Myself, For My Children, For Money"
includes both a bibliography of early American women's writings at the British Library, and selective biographies


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