From a 17th century author to the latest Hollywood starlet, biographical sources contain information about a wide variety of people. Before you start looking for biographical information, it may help to consider the person's age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and occupation.
This guide is not comprehensive; it does not list all of the resources on this subject or in related disciplines owned by the Library or available on the Internet. This guide serves merely as a starting point for research.
Chambers Biographical Dictionary [BCE to 1990s] - CT103 .C4 1997, Reference
Current Biography - CT100 .C8, Reference
Dictionary of American Biography - E176 .D56, Reference
Merriam Webster’s Biographical Dictionary - CT103 .M47 1995, Reference
The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography - E176 .N28, Reference
Who Was Who in America [1607-1990s] - E176 .W64, Reference
Who’s Who, an Annual Biographical Dictionary [Britain] - DA28 .W6, Reference
Who’s Who in America - E663 .W56, Reference
Who’s Who of American Women - CT3260 .W5, Reference
A Biographical Dictionary of Artists - N40 .B53 1994, Reference
Contemporary Artists - N6490 .C6567, Reference
Dictionary of Women Artists - N8354 .D53 1997, Reference
International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture - NA40 .I48 1993, Reference
Who’s Who in American Art - N6536 .W5, Reference
Artists, collectors, critics, curators, and dealers in U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
American Educators’ Encyclopedia - LB15 .D37 1991, Reference
Biographical Dictionary of Psychology - BF109.A1 B56 1997, Reference
Directory of American Scholars - LA2311 .C32, Reference
U.S. and Canadian scholars, current through the 1990s.
National Faculty Directory - L901 .N34 2004, Reference
Faculty members from U.S. and Canadian universities.
American Authors, 1600-1900 - PS21 .K8, Reference
European Authors, 1000-1900 - PN451 .K8, Reference
American Political Leaders, 1789-2009 - E176 .A513 2010, Reference
American Political Scientists: A Dictionary - JA61 .A525 2002, Reference
American Presidents - E176.1 .A6563 2006, Reference
Includes sidebars on First Ladies and Vice Presidents.
Cops, Crooks, and Criminologists - HV7911 .A1 A94 2000, Reference
World’s most well-known “criminals and crime-stoppers”, historical and contemporary.
Encyclopedia of World Crime - HV6017 .E54 1989, Reference
Famous criminals and law enforcement officers.
First Ladies: A Biographical Dictionary - E176.2 .S36 2001, Reference
Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia - KF8775 .A68 G64 2003, Reference
Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia - KF353 .G74 2001, Reference
The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary - KF8744 .S859 1994, Reference
Notable Black American Men - E185 .86 .N68 1998, Reference
Notable Black American Women - E185.96 .N68 1992, Reference
Notable Hispanic American Women - E184 .S75 N68 1993, Reference
Notable Native Americans - E89 .N67 1995, Reference
Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians - ML105 .B16 2001, Reference
International Dictionary of Theatre - PN2035 .I49 1992, Reference
Volume 2 covers well-known playwrights. Volume 3 covers actors, directors, and designers.
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers - PN1997.8 .I58 2000, Reference - Read Online
Volume 2 covers film directors, volume 3 actors and actresses, and volume 4 film writers and production artists.
The Rock Who’s Who - ML102 .R6 H5 1996, Reference
The Book of Saints: A Comprehensive Biographical Dictionary - BX4655.3 .B66 2002, Reference
Saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.
Oxford Dictionary of Popes - BX955.2 .K45 1996, Reference
Popes and antipopes from St. Peter to John Paul II.
Oxford Dictionary of Saints - Read Online
Religious Leaders of America - BL72 .M458 1999, Reference
U.S. and Canadian religious leaders, 1865 through the 20th century.
Who’s Who of World Religions - BL72 .W54 1992, Reference
Influential religious figures in many faiths, from BCE through the 20th century.
American Men and Women of Science - Q141 .A471 2007, Reference
Living scientists of the U.S. and Canada.
The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists - Q141 .B528 2000, Reference
Encyclopedia of World Scientists - Q141 .O25 2001, Reference