Report from Ben Offiler, Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow in North American Studies 2015

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.

Report from Rachael Alexander, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship recipient 2016

The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship enabled me to access the library’s extensive collection of U.S. women’s magazines vital to my project, writes Rachael Alexander. The British Library’s well-preserved copies of Ladies’ Home Journal has undoubtedly facilitated the completion of my PhD project on consumerism, nationalism, and gender in 1920s periodicals.

Report from Howell Williams, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellow 2015

The Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship provided me with the opportunity to reconstruct the history of “the family” in American politics from the 1960s to the present, writes Howell Williams. The British Library’s collections were essential for documenting transitions in rhetoric, such as how conservative anti-gay rhetoric has shifted from a public moral crusade to a matter of individual personal conscience in recent years.

Report from Jonathan Bartho, BAAS John D. Lees Award recipient 2016

The John D. Lees Award has contributed to my research on the political life of Senator Bob Dole whose career I use as a lens to view changes in the GOP during the last quarter of the twentieth century, writes Jonathan Bartho. The award funded a month stay at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas where I was also able to interview the Institute’s director, Bill Lacy which gave me a better understanding of the political character of a man who has often been viewed as enigmatic.

Report from Sonja Molnar, Eccles Centre European Postgraduate Award recipient in North American Studies 2015

The Eccles Centre Visiting European Postgraduate Award 2015 allowed me to delve into the Library’s collection on American print culture, which proved invaluable for my study on the textual evolution of advertisements, writes Sonja Molnar. Accessing the Library’s rich periodical collections and wealth of advertising literature enabled me to expand and complete my corpus of primary sources on the early years of American advertising.