American Studies

KBR has an extensive collection of paper and electronic sources, which makes it the perfect base for anyone who is doing research in social sciences or humanities in the United States. You can consult this collection in the General Reading Room.

The Center for American Studies was founded in 1965. It was set up to manage and expand the limited collection of American Studies which the Fulbright Commission had entrusted to the library and which contained, at the time, around 1,000 volumes.


The collection

On paper: The Library of American Studies

This collection comprises some 30,000 titles on social sciences and humanities including publications on literature, history, (international) politics, arts, film, music, law, religious studies, gender studies, popular culture, etc.


On ultracard: Library of American Civilization

This collection contains 14,000 titles, books, journals and magazines, pamphlets and correspondence on ultrafiche, dating from before 1914; most are no longer commercially available. The collection covers all aspects of American culture from before the American Revolution to the beginning of World War I. You can find the documents in the online catalogue, but the printed catalogues will produce the best search results.

KBR is the only library in Belgium holding this unique research tool.


Electronic resources

KBR offers access to a number of electronic resources related to American Studies. The electronic resources are only available in-house. You have access to a number of resources related to the US such as:

  • America: History and Life
    AHL indexes more than 1,800 journals (250 of which are in full text) and books on the history and culture of the United States and Canada
  • Gale Databases
    The Gale databases give access Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Twayne’s Authors, etc.
  • JSTOR Arts & Sciences
    The JSTOR archive holds issues of about 2,000 academic journals in full text in the fields of arts, literature, history, politics, etc.
  • Periodicals Archive Online
    PAO is a full text archive, containing more than 400 digitized scientific journals on arts, humanities and social sciences. Researchers will discover the results of more than 200 years of scholarship, representing over two million articles.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    ProQuest Research Library is a collection of almost 6,000 recent academic journals and magazines in all disciplines, usually in full text, with archives sometimes covering as much as 20 years or more of past publications.
  • The New York Times Historical Archive (1851-2014)
    Search The New York Times historical archive in real-image format (PDF).
  • The New York Times (1980-current)
    Search The New York Times from 1980 onwards in full text format.
  • The New York Tribune / Herald Tribune (1841-1962)
    Search the historical archive of The New York Tribune / Herald Tribune in PDF format.
  • The Wall Street Journal Historical Archive (1889-2000)
    Search the historical archive of The Wall Street Journal in PDF format.
  • The Washington Post (Dec 4, 1996 – present)
    Search The Washington Post in full text format.
  • The Washington Post Historical Archive (1877-2001)
    Search the historical archive of The Washington Post in PDF format.

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On microfilm

The New York Times and The Washington Post are partly available on microfilm, as well as a number of journals, magazines and series.


Publications by the Center

  • List of American Studies periodicals available in Belgian libraries. Please ask for this list in the reading room.
  • The Center also published a number of publications; a list is available in the reading room.