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Biography Index (Ref 920.16 B520) 1946 to 1984.


African American National Biography. (Ref 920.073 G223) New York: Oxford University, 2008.

The online version of the 25 volume series.  Extensive essays on famous people who had an influence on American history and culture.

This includes the Biography Index from 1985 to the present. Library has 1946 to 1984 at (Ref 920.16 B520).

Dictionary of American Biography.(Ref 920 D561) 20 vols. plus supplements. New York: Scribner's 1928 to present.

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives. (Ref 920 J135) 5 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's 1998-2002.

A to Z of Native American Women. (Ref 920.72 So59) New York: Facts on File, 1998.

A to Z of Women in World History. (Ref 920.72 K955) New York: Facts on File, 2002.

Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders. (Ref 923.3 H613) Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.

First Ladies: A Biographical Dictionary. (Ref 973.0922 Sch57) New York: Facts on File, 2001.


  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians since 1990
  • Dictionary of Scientific Biography
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • Newsmakers
  • Notable Sports Figures
  • Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: Sports Figures
  • Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: The 1960's

Notable American Women, 1607-1950. (Ref 920.72 N843) 3 vols. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1971.

Notable American Women, the Modern Period. (Ref 920.72 N843a) Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1980.

Notable Asian Americans. (Ref 920.073 Z61) New York: Gale, 1995.

Notable Twentieth Century Scientists. (Ref 500.922 M229) 4 vols. New York: Gale, 1995.

Prominent Women of the 20th Century. (Ref 920.72 Sa12) 4 vols. New York: UXL, 1996.

Who's Who in African-American History. (Ref 920.073 Sm65) New York: Smithmark, 1994.

Biography - Part of A&E's web site. Based on the Cambridge Biographical Dictionary. Provides paragraph-length information on 15,000 individuals throughout history.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present - Biographies of women. Some are essays posted on this site, while others are linked to off-site resources.

Echo Science and Technology Virtual Center - Search by name in the keyword seach box for this site.

Presidents of the United States (POTUS) - Background information, election results, and biographies of each president.

Who's Alive and Who's Dead The people "are grouped according to the accomplishments for which they are best known."