The Eccles Centre for American Studies

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tel: 020 7412 7757



The Eccles Centre for American Studies works to increase awareness and use of the British Library's extensive collections of books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers and sound recordings related to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Founded in 1991 by David and Mary Eccles, the Centre works in collaboration with the Library's Americas curatorial team and external partners interested in the promotion of North American studies in the UK. The Centre runs a lively and diverse events programme, funds research and offers training in the North American collections, and produces bibliographic guides and web exhibitions designed to introduce the quality and breadth of the collections.


The Vietnam War Q&A with Filmmaker Lynn Novick

The making of the documentary series

Sarah Churchwell: Behold, America

A History of 'America First' and the American Dream

Buffalo Bill Goes to China

Discover the strange story of when Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show performed a major Chinese uprising

Secret Affairs: Spies and the Special Relationship

Gordon Corera delivers the 23rd annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture


Bibliographic guides

A range of bibliographic guides designed to introduce the North American collections at the British Library, covering a wide range of topics from colonial times to the present.

Web exhibitions

Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.

Lectures and interviews

Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.

Collection guides

Further details about the Americas collections at the British Library.

Fellowships and Awards

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards

Awards to help support UK, North American and European scholars who need to visit London to use the British Library's North American collections.

Eccles British Library Writer's Award

The award scheme offers £20,000 to assist in the research of a current book-length project using the British Library's North American collections.

Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award

The Eccles Centre-sponsored Fulbright award is open to US scholars who wish to use the Library’s North American collections for a period of 6 months

Special Fellowships and Doctoral Awards

The Eccles Centre is delighted to be able to sponsor a variety of awards outside the regular Fellowship programme when possible and also offers support to a number of doctoral students conducting research on North American topics with British Library curators


Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2018 winners announced

21 November 2017

The Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2018 has been awarded to Stuart Evers and Tessa McWatt.

Blog posts

Researching American political pamphlets

Thursday, February 15, 2018

By Jodie Collins - The history of pamphlets is not a topic that has been researched extensively, and what has been written focuses more on their uses in early modern Europe. This project hopes to bring to light the significance of the political pamphlet in modern America, eventually contributing to a more comprehensive history of the pamphlet overall.

Early American Science: Benjamin Rush

Monday, December 18, 2017

As described in my previous blog Early American Science: Benjamin Franklin, scientific investigation was a central part of eighteenth century philosophical enquiry. A desire to understand the detailed workings of the natural world was not seen to be antithetical to...

Martha Gellhorn: The Reporter as a Young Poet

Friday, November 24, 2017

What makes juvenilia so fascinating? When reading the works written by an author in their youth one often looks for glimpses of the ideas and obsessions they would later develop in their works. But it sometimes also feels like a small betrayal, to read these raw texts written before authors have developed their voice, or met the red pen of an editor. It is hard however to resist the temptation to see what war reporter Martha Gellhorn was like when she was 17.

Following Sarah Royce

Monday, September 25, 2017

In 1849, Sarah Royce left her Iowa home and set off with her husband and daughter for California. Reading Royce’s stoic memoir, A Frontier Lady (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1932; shelfmark: I wondered how she really felt as...

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