The British Library’s collections enabled me to explore the popular culture of 20th-century polar exploration and the changing nature of American cultures of masculinity, writes Marionne Cronin. The British Library’s strong collection of American periodicals and newspapers provided important insights into the ways in which the flight of American aviator Richard Byrd in particular was represented for specific audiences – particularly how notions of masculinity and technological heroism were presented to women and children.
The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship has proven to be vitally important to the direction of my studies into the media strategy of President Lyndon B Johnson, writes Ben Quail. The materials in the British Library on Vietnam in particular – one of the first widely televised wars – show the influence of media and public perception on Presidential reputation and credibility.
The Eccles Centre Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to research key aspects of Appalachian culture for my PhD in creative writing, writes Kevan Manwaring. The Fellowship granted me time in the archives but also time to go on an Appalachian field trip that has helped add telling detail to my novel and bring alive specific scenes.
Report from Rebecca Harding, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award in North American Studies recipient 2015
During my time as an Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellow I was able to gain access to a large body of alternative readings of Don DeLillo’s fiction, writes Rebecca Harding. Accessing the British Library’s materials has suggested new ways of thinking about the body in DeLillo’s work.
Richard Carwardine and Jenel Virden submit an appreciation of Louis Billington in the wake of his passing.
My time at the British Library as Eccles Centre Fellow 2016 has allowed me to take a closer look at the role of US officials in promoting the use of the pesticide DDT in Nicaragua, writes Hilary Francis. The archives revealed the imagery of America’s past was employed by those who were suspicious of DDT as a justification for care and scrutiny.
My time as an Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellow has proven fruitful for my research on war-related trauma and American medical personnel who served in the Vietnam War, writes Nicole Cassie. Accessing British Library psychology records has supported my theory that the trauma of medical personnel in Vietnam does not easily fit into existing categories of trauma.
The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies has given me an excellent foundation from which to expand my project on the origins of the philanthropic organisation Near East Foundation, writes Ben Offiler. My research at the British Library has shown that the connections between philanthropic NGOs and official US foreign policy during the Cold War were complex, dynamic and in a constant state of negotiation.
“His friendships were deep, but freely shared”: Ian Ralston and Philip Davies submit an appreciation of Christopher Brookeman as a scholar and friend in the wake of his passing.