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

Reporting America in the Digital Age

How has the changing media landscape transformed perceptions of America, its leaders and citizens, both at home and abroad?

Pop Story Gi Wi: A Celebration of Miss Lou

Stories and poems inspired by the late Jamaican folklorist

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.

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

News

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.

Eccles British Library Writer's Award 2019 competition now open

6 June 2018

Applications are invited for the 2019 Eccles British Library Writer's Award worth £20,000

Blog posts

Canada and Its Literature: A Tale of More Than Two Cultures 2/2

Friday, August 17, 2018

Language has inevitably played a significant role in Canada’s immigration patterns. Reflecting the country’s colonial history and occupation by both the French and the English, the two most commonly-spoken languages in Canada remain English (the mother tongue of 56% of Canadians) and French (that of 21% of Canadians). Of course, other factors influence human relocation, but it is easy to see the attraction of such a linguistic context for immigrants from former colonies.

Canada and Its Literature: A Tale of More Than Two Cultures 1/2

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

On July 9th, Michael Ondaatje was awarded the prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize for his international bestseller, The English Patient, voted the readers’ favourite winner in 50 years. Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese descent, and moved to...

From Neptune to Trident: How the Colonial Deputed Seal for Barbados evolved into a national symbol

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Seals, coins, stamps and paper money share a much closer relationship than first meets the eye. This can be illustrated by the first ever colonial deputed seal made for Barbados. It was engraved in June 1663 by the famous medallist,...

Seeing Blindness: The Danish West Indies

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

When you enter the British Library exhibition ‘Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land’, you are met by a fragment of Derek Walcott’s Nobel lecture. This fragment is about fragments: ‘Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is...

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