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.
How has the changing media landscape transformed perceptions of America, its leaders and citizens, both at home and abroad?
A celebratory tribute to Derek Walcott led by poet and playwright Glyn Maxwell
Stories and poems inspired by the late Jamaican folklorist
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 support individuals from the UK, North America and Europe who need 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.
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,...
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...
Above: 'The Globe Kittens' (1902), E. J. Rowley (photo from Wikimedia Commons) Those of you who have followed the Americas blog for a long time may remember the Library’s ‘Picturing Canada’ project, where the Library and Wikimedia Commons digitised and...
Above: John Rocque's, 'A General Map of North America' [Maps K.Top.118.32] The summer marches on and while we are all tempted to kick-back and enjoy this unusual spell of consistent sunshine the writers in our audience may, nonetheless, want to...