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
- Mon 20 October 2014
Hiawatha's Wedding Feast by Samuel Coleridge Taylor (performance)
- Thur 27 November 2014
Afrika Bambaataa: 40 Years of Hip Hop
- Fri 28 November 2014
Symposium: 100 Years of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation
- Mon 1 December 2014
The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships
- Fri 16 January 2015
Darker Hauntings: Imagery of the Southern Gothic
- Mon 16 March 2015
Workshop: Emerging UK Research on the Arctic
Symposium: Alaska, the Arctic and the US Imagination
Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships
Applications are invited 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. Closing date: 30 January 2015. Read more...
Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award
Watch former Writer in Residence, Naomi Wood, explain how the award helped her research her novel Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014).
Details of the award 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