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.


Benjamin Markovits: A Weekend in New York

Join Benjamin Markovits as he discusses his new novel

Survivors: American Presidents and the Politics of Scandal

What does it take to unseat a US president?

The Immeasurable World: Exploring Global Deserts

Join William Atkins as he launches his new book, The Immeasurable World

British Trade in Black Labour: The Windrush Middle Passage

Keynote lecture by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles


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


Find out more about the Eccles Centre with our Spring/Summer 2018 programme leaflet

22 March 2018

Discover the Eccles Centre's varied events, awards and other programmes taking place during Spring/Summer 2018.

Applications are open for the Fulbright British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award 2019-20

3 May 2018

Applications are invited from US-based scholars who wish to spend 6 months at the British Library researching a North American topic.

Goldsmiths Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies annual conference, 19-20 June 2018

16 May 2018

‘Seamed by its own bitter juice’: Voice, Visibility, Literacies conference, 19-20 June, organised by the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies and the Eccles Centre

Blog posts

Over There, All Over Again: American Sheet Music, World War 1 and Nostalgic Musicals

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It is always a great pleasure when you find your research coinciding with that of your colleagues. There has been a recent spike in discussions around American music and World War I in the Eccles Centre as Jean Petrovic is...

Spring news from the Eccles Centre

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Above: John Rocque's, 'A General Map of North America' [Maps K.Top.118.32] Our colleagues from the Americas Collections have kindly allowed us a slot on the blog, so we thought we would let you know about some changes that are coming...

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...

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