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Selected Biography Resources

Links on this page go to external web sites.

Last reviewed: January 2, 2020

General Resources | Miscellaneous | Politics and Government | Women

These sources are only some of the sites related to biography on the Internet. Use the Internet Search Tools section of the Internet Bibliographies to find additional information about specific individuals.


Biographical Dictionary
The dictionary, which has over 28,000 entries, can be searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and more. Search examples are provided.

This site provides searchable information taken from The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia. It also includes information presented in the A&E television series Biography. Links to related Web sites for individuals cited in the biography are provided.


National Inventors Hall of Fame
Lists information about the inventions and inventors.

Nobel Prizes
Biographical information about Nobel Laureates.

Politics and Government

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-Present
Gives biographical information; years of service and other political offices held; a brief and an extended bibliography; and references to collections which contain the papers or other information on the subject of the biography.

Political Graveyard
The database contains information taken from the Biographical Directory of the American Congress (retitled Biographical Directory of the United States Congress) about individuals who have served in the U.S. House or Senate, as Vice President, or in the Continental Congress. The Political Graveyard database can be searched by date of death, circumstances of death, sex, race, age, religion, elected office, awards received, and other distinctive features.

Presidents of the United States of America
Includes information from the books The Living White House, The White House: An Historical Guide, The Presidents of the United States, and The First Ladies, which are published by the White House Historical Association. Brief biographical information, photographs, and links to related Web sites are provided.


Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Maintained by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott College, in Atlanta, Georgia, to show the achievements of women in the field of mathematics. Most entries include biographical essays or comments; some also include photographs.

Digital Schomburg African American Writers of the 19th Century: Biographies and Autobiographies
This project by New York Public Library contains the full text of biographical and autobiographical materials related to African American women writers of the 19th century. Approximately 52 sources are included.

First Ladies of the United States of America
The White House Historical Association has published The First Ladies which provides extensive biographical information. It also includes references to supplementary manuscript and print sources.

National Women's Hall of Fame
Begun in 1969, the National Women's Hall of Fame provides brief information about its inductees. There is also a search engine to locate individual biographies.

Last Updated: January 3, 2022