This blog is written by the Americas Studies team at the British Library, with occasional guest contributions. It records some of the work we do, as well as events and collections related to the Americas. Please feel free to comment on the posts and join the debate. You can also follow us on Twitter @_Americas or direct specific enquiries to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox. We also have a page on Facebook.
Americas Studies consists of
Carole Holden, Head of American and Australasian Studies
Elizabeth Cooper, Curator, Latin America
Jerry Jenkins, Curator, North American Official Publications
Philip Hatfield, Curator, Canadian and Caribbean Studies (with a side of Australasian Studies). Phil has a short video introduction to his work and the collections here.
We are based at the Library's St Pancras site, London. We work alongside our colleagues in the Eccles Centre for American Studies, which promotes the Library's North American materials and supports American Studies in schools and universities. We would be very happy to visit your department, or speak to your postgraduates about the Library's Americas resources.
You can read more about the Library's American Collections on the 'Help for Researchers' section of the main website or by searching the catalogue, 'Explore the British Library'. Our catalogues also appear on copac.ac.uk. Manuscript materials can be located in the Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue.
The team's have produced several online features, and exhibitions include: Benjamin Franklin: American Innovator (2006), American Treasures (2007) and Latin American Revolutions (2010). The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library also has several online exhibitions.
We have also posted a large .pdf file of J. D. Egles, Beats Bibliography (printed) (.pdf 4.5 mb) and the Beats audio visual holdings (.pdf). Further guides and bibliographies, including links to the Eccles Centre for American Studies bibliographies can be found on our Guides and Bibliographies page.