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.

Events

The Challenge of Building a National Museum

The 2019 D W Bryant Lecture in American Studies

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Baseball and American Culture

How did baseball become America's national pastime?

Summer Scholars: Language Matters / Native American Art

Two Eccles Fellows discuss the artist books and poetry of Cecilia Vicuña and Native American art

Summer Scholars: Eugenics in the United States / American Communist Party

Two talks exploring eugenics in the United States and the American Communist Party

Resources

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

Awards to support individuals from the UK, North America and Europe who need to use the British Library's North American collections.

The Eccles Centre & Hay Festival 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 Americas 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

Blog posts

Is ‘America’s National Pastime’ Up for Grabs?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Professional baseball heads to London later this month with its sacred status in American culture once more in the spotlight. While the two-day series between the historic rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, was an instant...

The Power of Memoir

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where does the personal reside in our understanding of history, social issues and human experience? And what does the form of the memoir distinctively illuminate? In 2018 novelist Tessa McWatt used her residency as an Eccles British Library Writer’s Award...

The New York World's Fair, 1939

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Today marks 80 years since the Official Opening by President Franklin D Roosevelt of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. First conceived by New York City business leaders in the midst of the Great Depression, the Fair was intended to...

25 Cats Named Sam

Friday, March 15, 2019

This weekend is the last opportunity to see the Library's free exhibition 'Cats on the Page', which celebrates our feline friends in literary and illustrated form. It thus seemed appropriate to share two of our favourite cat-themed books with you....

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