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

Artists Books Now: America Latina

Delve into and explore the rich tradition of Artists' Books originating from Latin America

Medievalism, Nationalism and Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

Jonathan Freedland hosts a panel discussion of a complex field

Follow-ed: Exploring Appropriation as a Creative Practice

Tom Sowden examines artists who appropriated Ed Ruscha’s books

Doctoral Students Open Day 2019 – The Americas Collections

Practical and inspiring open days for first year PhD students

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

Hallie Flanagan and the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Today marks 80 years since Hallie Flanagan – national director of the Federal Theatre Project – appeared before the House Special Committee on Un-American Activities to answer questions about the New Deal programme she had been leading since its inception....

American Cooking for English Kitchens

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

In 1928, Edith Fulcher published American Cooking for English Homes, a recipe book 'sent into the world as a home missionary to fill a long-felt want': to modernise British cooking. Fulcher advises any housewife tired of cooking the same thing every day to 'study the cookery of other nations, for which she can derive great benefit, from the point of view of economy and in acquiring new recipes'.

Putting to Ruins the Absence: Jason Moran, James Reese Europe, and Orlando Patterson

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the audience for the first performance of Jason Moran's latest work James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruins at the Barbican. The project is the third in a 'trilogy' which...

Wilson Bueno, Portuñol/Portunhol, and Interlanguages

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The OED defines an interlanguage as ‘An artificial auxiliary language’ or ‘A linguistic system typically developed by a student before acquiring fluency in a foreign language, and containing elements of both his or her native tongue and of the target language’. For me, this doesn’t quite cover the geographical and cultural circumstances from which many hybrid languages originate, especially around border areas. Whatever the definition, the inherently unstable nature of interlanguages makes it hard to think imagine them having clear rules, let alone a literature.

More blog posts

Follow the Eccles Centre on Twitter

Eccles Centre mailing list

Join our mailing list to receive updates on events, activities, resources and opportunities.