2022 Season

The Nursery Alice, containing twenty colored enlargements from John Tenniel’s illustrations to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with text adapted to nursery readers by Lewis Carroll, 1890. Cup. 410.g.74.

Exclusive Program Series


Current ATBL Supporters!

Join us for a series of short, thirty-minute virtual events with British Library curators as they go in-depth about selected important objects and manuscripts that have been acquired, preserved, or maintained through ATBL Grants. Time will be reserved to ask the curators questions about these objects and their work. 

Hosted by 

The American Trust for the British Library

in partnership with

The British Library

Portrait of Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales, 1410. Lansdowne MS 851, f.2r.

Morning Tea

with the British


May 17, 2022, 9:00 AM EDT 

British Library Curator Julian Harrison presents on Geoffrey Chaucer 

In 2021, the ATBL, on the recommendation of the Peck Stacpoole Foundation, provided a grant of $7,450 to digitize Geoffrey Chaucer’s late 14th-century unfinished masterpiece of medieval literature, The Canterbury Tales.

The Canterbury Tales is considered to be one of the most important works in early English literature and it remains popular with academic and public audiences alike. Written in Middle English, the text represents stories within a story: a narrative of 31 pilgrims en route to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury who each tell the group two tales to pass the time on the journey there and back home. 

Today, the British Library holds 22 of the surviving 90 medieval manuscripts and manuscript fragments of The Canterbury Tales

Egerton Gospel (P. Lond. Christ. 1, P. Egerton 2), Mid 2nd century. Egerton Papyrus 2.

Afternoon Tea

with the British


July 13, 2022, 12:00 PM EDT 

British Library Curator Peter Toth presents on the Library’s Greek Papyri 

The British Library houses one of the largest and most important collections of papyri in the world, comprising items in Greek, Coptic, and Latin alike. Thanks to external funding, the Library’s entire holding of Greek and Latin papyri has now been fully digitized and is being catalogued and published in several stages in the Library’s online catalogue. High-resolution images are—and will be—published in the Library’s online viewer. 

In 2019 and 2020, the ATBL provided $45,000 of grant support to complete the most recent project phase, completed in August 2021, which cataloged 610 Greek papyri in the Library’s collection and identified c. 200 items that have counterparts in American collections.

My Mackerel Lover by Carolyn Trant, (Shelfmark: HS.74/1793) used with kind permission of Carolyn Trant.

Morning Tea

with the British



October 6, 2022, 9:00 AM EDT 

September 15, 2022, 9:00 AM EDT 

Due to the transit strike in London, the British Library decided it would be prudent to postpone this Morning Tea. Given that library staff need to be present to showcase the artists’ books on camera for our online event, the Library rescheduled the Tea to October 6th.

British Library Curator Mercedes Aguirre presents on Artists Books

In addition to the Library’s artists’ books and miniature books collections, UK fine press collections that extend from the late-19th century until the present, and the largest collection in the world of UK illustrated books, the Library also holds an impressive collection of artists’ books and fine press publications from across the Americas. Some of the artists represented in the British Library’s American artists’ books collection include Enrique Chagoya, Barbara Hodgson, Sol LeWitt, Angela Lorenz, Edward Ruscha, and Kara Walker, among many others.

In 2016 and 2019, the ATBL provided $90,850 to support the cataloguing of the American Collection of Artists’ Books, and related archival holdings.

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