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Biography

Biographical Dictionaries & Resources

  • American National Biography. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Successor to the Dictionary of American Biography.
     
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present
     
  • Cyndi's List - Biographies.
     
  • Dictionary of American Biography. New York: C. Scribner, 1928-96. Scholarly biographical dictionary includes 3600+ biographies with bibliographies.
     
  • Dictionary of National Biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1959. English biographical resource.
     
  • Handbook of North American Indians. Washington: Smithsonian, 1978-98. Volume 4 is a good starting point. Biography and History Index of American Indians may also be useful.
     
  • Lee, Bill. The Baseball Necrology--The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of Over 7,600 Major League Players and Others. La Feria, Texas: The author, 2003.
     
  • National Cyclopedia of American Biography. Clifton, New Jersey: White, 1984. Comprehensive American biographical dictionary covers 1892-1984. Not alphabetical, use volume indexes and the general index.
     
  • Notable American Women. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971. Biographical sketches of 1800+ women 1607-1950, majority of whom are not included in Dictionary of American Biography.
     
  • Notable Black American Women. Detroit: Gale, 1996. 500 biographies includes bibliographies and information on archival collections. Detailed subject index.
     
  • Notable Women Ancestors - Some are famous - some are not. Provides information on women who have been overlooked or ignored in other publications.
     
  • Ohio Biographies Project. In May of 1997, this project was organized by Jeff Murphy, using the established  KY  Biographies Project as a model.
     
  • U.S. Biographies Project.  In May of 1997, the U.S. Biographies project was organized by Jeff Murphy, using the established KY Biographies Project as a model. State coordinators were sought to set up their own state project. They were offered the system design and tools created for the KY project, but were free to set up their project in any way they chose.  Provides links to state projects.
     
  • White's Conspectus of American Biography. Michigan: Scholarly Press, 1972.

Biographical Indexes

  • American Biographical Index. New York: Saur, 1993. Index to 368 biographical reference works published between 1702-1956.
     
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Detroit: Gale, 1980-90. Index to millions of biographical sketches in 2700+ periodicals, and 2000+ current books of individual and collective biography.
     
  • Biography Index. New York: H. W. Wilson. Cites biographical material appearing in 3000+ periodicals, and 2000+ current books of individual and collective biography.
     
  • Black Biography, 1790-1950. Alexandria, Virginia: Chadwyck-Healey, 1991.
     
  • British Biographical Index. New York: Saur, 1990. Index to 334 biographical reference works published between 1601-1629.
     
  • Index Biographique Francais. London: Saur, 1993. Index to 180 biographical reference works published between 1647-1986.
     
  • Indice biografico de Espana, Portugal e Iberoamericana. New York: Saur, 1990. Index to 306 biographical reference works published between the 17th and 20th centuries.
     
  • Indice Biografico Italiano. New York: Saur, 1993. Index to 321 biographical reference works published between the 17th and 20th centuries.
     
  • New York Times Obituaries Index. New York: New York Times, 1970-1980. Alphabetical listing of "Deaths" from The New York Times, 1858-1978.
     
  • Personal Name Index to "The New York Times Index," 1851-1996. Succasunna, New Jersey: RDI, 1976-1996. Citations refer to the New York Times Index, not newspaper itself.
     
  • PERSI. Utah: Ancestry, 1997. Comprehensive index to genealogical and historical periodicals.
     
  • Women in Particular. Phoenix: Oryx Press, 1984. Index to American women from 54 works of collective biography.