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American History Subject Guide (archived): Biographical sources

Resources for study and research in United States history

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People of the Founding Era

People of the Founding Era

"A scholarly reference work that provides biographical information on over 12,000 people born between 1713 (the end of Queen Anne's War) and 1815 (the end of the Napoleonic War), drawn from the digitized papers of the Founding Fathers and other documentary editions of the Founding Era."  The site uses a prosopographical approach.

Founders Online, from the National Archives and Records Administration and the University of Virginia Press. Digital collection of primary source documents from the most prominent figures in early American history.

Biographical sources in the library

New York Times Obituaries Index 1956-1978
REF 071.471 N42o

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-
REF 328.730922 B52 and online

African American Lives
REF 920.009296 Af834

American National Biography
REF 920.073 Am35

Dictionary of American Biography
REF 920.073 D561

Great Lives from History, American Series
REF 920.073 M175g

Research Guide to American Historical Biography
REF 920.073 N555r

Who Was Who in America
REF 920.073 W62w

Notable American Women, 1607-1950
REF 920.72 J232n

Notable American Women: the Modern Period
REF 920.72 J232nm

Who Was Who in Native American History
REF 970.004 W146w

American Reformers
REF 973.0992 W591a

Women During the Civil War: An Encyclopedia
REF 973.7082 H232W