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

Triple-Threat Woman: The Letters of Sylvia Plath

Insights into the life and work of a great writer

Revisiting the Black Parisian Moment: 1918–19

A symposium exploring black intellectual thought, military presence and jazz cultures in post-war Paris

Protest and American Theatre study day

From Hair to Hamilton

Jason Moran: Performing the Harlem Hellfighters

Jason Moran in conversation with Soweto Kinch

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

‘A Triple Threat Woman’: The Letters of Sylvia Plath

Monday, October 15, 2018

On Friday 14 December 1962, Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother: 'I can truly say I have never been so happy in my life'. Four days before she had moved to 23 Fitzroy Road in London, a former residence of Yeats, with her two young children Frieda and Nicholas. 'I feel Yeats' spirit blessing me', she writes in the letter.

Closing thoughts on the “North American Migrant Narratives” PhD Placement Scheme

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As my three-month placement at the British Library reaches its end, the time has come to reflect on my experience. I truly encourage fellow PhD students to apply to next year’s placements. I had a marvellous time, and despite the...

My Ántonia – 100 year on

Friday, October 5, 2018

I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th anniversary of Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. This novel was the final part of Cather’s ‘prairie trilogy’ – following O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark – and it remains one...

Instapoetry & Twiction: social media, short form migrant writing & collection practices

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Have you heard of Instapoetry? In recent years, a new literary phenomenon has emerged – writing via social media. The poetry shared on Instagram has helped boost poetry sales significantly. Rupi Kaur’s book of collected instapoems, Milk and Honey (2014),...

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