American Collections blog

About this blog and the American Collections

13 October 2009

About this blog and the American Collections

This blog is written by the American Collections 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 (and beyond).  Please feel free to comment on the posts and join the debate.  You can also follow us on Twitter @BL_Americas or direct specific enquiries to the mailbox.  We also have a page on Facebook.

American Collections consists of

  • Mercedes Aguirre, Curator, North American Published Collections
  • Laurence Byrne, Curator, Latin American & Caribbean Collections (until March 2016)
  • Elizabeth Cooper, Curator, Latin American & Caribbean Collections
  • Carole Holden, voluntary assistant (and former Head of American and Australasian Studies)
  • Matthew Neill, Curator, Australasian and English-language Asian Collections
  • Janet Zmroczek is Head of European & Americas Collections

(Jerry Jenkins, formerly curator of US Official Publications and regular contributer here, is now curator, Emerging Media, in Contemporary British Collections. Philip Hatfield, Curator, US, Canadian and Caribbean Collections.  Phil has a short video introduction to his work and the collections here.  Phil has now formally left the section and is Curator, Digital Mapping)

Find out more about our research interests in the British Library's Research Register, or visit

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 American, Australasian and English-language Asian 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 Manuscript materials can be located in the Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue.

The team has 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.

All text is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence, except where otherwise stated.

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