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A guide to biographical sources available through the Smith College Libraries.
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Specialized Biographical Sources

Major Biographical Sources

Bert Lahr as Cowardly Lion from Oz, Corbis, Bettmann Archive, 1039Henry VIII, William Faithorne, engraving, 17th century, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, ARTstorVirginia Stephen, photography by George Beresford, Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room, 1902William Shakespeare, First Folio British Library G.11631 title page, 1623Martin Luther King, Jr. photo by Bob Adelman, August 28, 1963, Corbis

  • Biography in Context MLIN
    Biographies from dictionaries, encyclopedias, and magazines. (Formerly Biography Resource Center.)
  • American National Biography
    Reliable scholarly biographies of major figures in American history.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    50,000 biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the 4th century BC to the year 2001. 2nd edition, with illustrations.
  • Marquis Who's Who
    Searchable biographies from Who's Who in America, Who was Who in America, and the regional and subject Who's Who titles.

Biographical Indexes & Genealogy

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
    Indexes reference sources containing biographical entries on individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and region of the world.
  • Biography Index Past and Present 1946+
    Indexes articles, books, and autobiographies for people from antiquity to the present and from all fields and nationalities.
  • Ancestry (Library Edition)
    Census, vital, church, court & immigration records for the US & UK, plus material on other areas. Major components: US federal census 1790-1930 (incl. manuscript returns); historical maps; Social Security Death Index; etc.

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