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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

Research Resources

Discover more about the British Library's holdings on the Harlem Renaissance in our newly updated bibliography. For a full list of bibliographies produced by the Eccles Centre visit our Research Resources page.

2017 Eccles Centre Fellowships & Postgraduate Awards open to applications

The 2017 round of Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards is now closed. The deadline for submissions was 5pm on 6 January 2017. The results will be announced shortly. There are thirteen awards available in different categories. For more information on the awards and application process, please visit the Eccles Centre Fellowships page.

Eccles British Library Writers Award

The Eccles Centre at the British Library is delighted to announce that Hannah Kohler, author and Bob Stanley, author, film producer, and member of St Etienne are the joint winners of the 2017 Eccles British Library Writers Award. To find out more visit the Eccles Centre Writers Award Page

The Eccles British Library Writer's Award is an annual competition that is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. The 2017 Award is now closed, please check back in late Spring 2017 for details of the next round or sign up to our mailing list (on the right) to keep informed of the latest news.

Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book, written in the English language, the research for which requires that they make substantial use of the Library's collections relating to North America (The USA, Canada, and the Caribbean). Find out more

Watch former Award holder, 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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