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.
Discover the strange story of when Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show performed a major Chinese uprising
Gordon Corera delivers the 23rd annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
The legendary collective of black poets and musicians talk about their story
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.
Online exhibitions on a range of topics highlighting the richness of the British Library's North American collections.
Print and audio versions of Eccles Centre-sponsored talks, lectures and events.
Fellowships and 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.
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.
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
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
Applications are invited from US-based scholars who wish to spend 6 months at the British Library researching a North American topic.
Discover the Eccles Centre's varied events, awards and other programmes taking place during Spring/Summer 2018.
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