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Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Index to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in more than 2700 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books published from approximately 1940 to the present. Indexes biographical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias, volumes of literary criticism, and periodical indexes, including the Biography Index. Restricted Access.


Dictionary of American biography (DAB). New York, Scribner, 1964.
The original authoritative American biographical dictionary. Over 18,000 signed entries. Reprint of the original 20 vol. ed. published 1928-1937. 10 volumes plus 8 supplements.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E176 .D564
Comprehensive Index: Ref. E176 .D563 Index

American National Biography / general editors, John A. Garraty, Mark C. Carnes. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
17,500 entries in 24 volumes. Includes new scholarship and people who were missed in the DAB, including women, ethnic minorities, and immigrants. Where available, includes locations of subject's papers.
Dana Call Number: Ref. CT213.A68 1999
The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. New York : J.T. White, 1898-1984
The most extensive, and least scholarly, of the major biographical sets. Over 66,500 biographical entries based on questionnaires completed by individuals or their families. Includes many names not found elsewhere.
Dana Call Number: Ref. REF E176.N27 v.1-v.63 Index:

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Short biography, bibliography, and location of subject's papers for U.S. senators, representatives, and other elected officials from 1774 to the present.

Presidents of the United States (POTUS)
"Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included."


Sinclair, Donald A. A New Jersey Biographical Index : covering some 100,000 biographies and associated portraits in 237 New Jersey cyclopedias, histories, yearbooks, periodicals, and other collective biographical sources published to about 1980. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1993.
Dana Call Number: Ref. F133.S56 1993


De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
Short scholarly biographical essays on all Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine XI Palaeologus.

Dictionary of National Biography (DNB). London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1908-1909. 63 volumes in 22.
The major resource for British biography. Over 36,000 signed biographies (with bibliography) of individuals from the British Isles and their colonies. Reprint of the original 1885-1901 set.
Dana Call Number: Ref. CT773.D4

Directory of Royal Genealogical Data
"A database containing the genealogy of the British Royal family and those linked to it via blood or marriage relationships. It contains, in fact, the genealogy of almost every ruling house in the western world because of the intermarriage that took place between them at some time or another. There are in excess of 30,000 individuals from the earliest times to the present in the database."

Index to Spanish American Collective Biography / Sara de Mundo Lo. Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1981-
Dana Call Number: Ref. Z1609.B6M86
Biographical Dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean Political Leaders / edited by Robert J. Alexander. New York : Greenwood Press, c1988.
Dana Call Number: F1414.2.B48 1988
Biographical Dictionary of Republican China. Howard L. Boorman, editor. New York, Columbia University Press, 1967-1979. 5 vols.
600 biographical essays on significant people for Republican China (1911-1949). Extensive bibliographies.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS778.A1B5
Klein, Donald W. Biographic Dictionary of Chinese Communism, 1921-1965 [by] Donald W. Klein [and] Anne B. Clark. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1971. 2 v.
Biographical sketches for significant individuals up to 1965.
Dana Call Number: Ref. DS778.A1K55 1971


Business and Labor

Ingham, John N. Biographical dictionary of American business leaders / John N. Ingham. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1983. 4 vol.
835 entries on the "historically most significant" individuals and families of American business.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HC102.5.A2I53 1983
Hamilton, Neil A. American business leaders : from colonial times to the present / Neil A. Hamilton. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, 1999. 2 vol.
One to three page profiles of about 400 prominent men and women in American business history. Majority of entries deal with 20th century figures.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HC102.5.A2H36 1999
Biographical dictionary of American labor / editor-in-chief, Gary M. Fink. 2nd ed. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984.
Over 700 signed entries.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HD8073.A1B56 1984

Business: Biographical Resources
Extensive guide to print and online resources.

WWW Virtual Library: Labour and Business History: Individuals
Links to sites devoted to influential individuals or families worldwide.


Dictionary of American Medical Biography / Martin Kaufman, Stuart Galishoff, Todd L. Savitt, editors ; Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984. 2 vol.
Dana Call Number: Ref. R153.D53 1984
Dictionary of American Military Biography / Roger J. Spiller, editor. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984. 3 vol.
Dana Call Number: Ref. U52.D53 1984
Dictionary of American Religious Biography / Henry Warner Bowden ; Edwin S. Gaustad, advisory editor. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1977.
Dana Call Number: Ref. BL72.B68

World Statesmen
Names and timelines of rulers, politicians, and statesmen for most nations that have existed since 1760.


New York Times Obituaries Index, 1858-1968. New York, 1970.
New York Times Obituaries Index II, 1968-1978. New York, 1980.
Index to almost 400,000 obituaries that appeared in the New York Times between September 1858 and December 1978.
Dana Call Number: Ref. CT213.N47

Obituaries from The Times 1951-1960. Reading, England, 1979.
Obituaries from The Times 1961-1970. Reading, England, 1975.
Obituaries from The Times 1971-1975. Reading, England, 1978.
Index to all obituaries that appeared in The Times (London) between 1951 and 1975. Sixty percent of the entries are to British subjects; about 4,000 obituaries are also reproduced in full in the index volumes.
Dana Call Number: Ref. CT120. O15 - Ref. CT120 .O17

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Natalie Borisovets (natalieb@andromeda.rutgers.edu)
John Cotton Dana Library
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October 28, 2001