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Biography Resources: Print resources

This guide describes and connects members of the organ Community with resources about biography and profile writing.

About Print Resources

General biographical resources include compendia like Who'sWho. Topical resources listed are below by discipline. All resources are in the circulating stacks (3rd floor) unless otherwise noted. All of the resource below are encyclopaedic and provide brief biographical sketches.

Complete biographies of particular people are usually shelved within the discipline with which the person was associated.  Scientists will be shelved within the broader category of science books, politicians in history, musicians in music, architects in architecture, etc.

About Biography Writing

The Wiritng of Biography / Catherine D. Bowen
CT 21 .B5

Adventures of a biographer / Catherine D. Bowen
PS3503.O814 Z52

Biography: the craft and the calling / Catherine D. Bowen
CT 21 .B564

Biography : A Very Short Introduction / Hermione Lee
CT 21 .:365 2009

The art of biography / Paul Murray Kendall. 
CT21.K4 1965

Uncovering lives : the uneasy alliance of biography and psychology / Alan C. Elms. 
BF 39.4 .E46 1994

Recognizing biography / William H. Epstein. 
PR 756.B56E67/1987

The nature of biography / John A.  Garraty
CT 21 .G3  1957

Reference Resources

General Reference Works

Encyclopedia of world biography
CT103 .E56 1998

Who’s who in the world. 
CT120 .W5 (Reference)

American national biography / general editors, John A. Garraty, Mark C. Carnes. 
CT213 .A68 1999

The Cambridge dictionary of American biography
CT213 .C36 1995

Encyclopedia of American biography 
CT213 .E53 1995

Webster’s American biographies
CT213 .V36

American portraits, 1875-1900, by Gamaliel Bradford
CT219 .B7

Africa who’s who. 
 CT1920 .A1 A3 (Reference)

Who’s who of American women. 
CT3260 .W5 (Reference)

Who’s who of Canadian women. 
CT3270 .W46

Dictionary of National Biography (British)
DA28 .D47 1959

Who’s who in the People’s Republic of China / by Wolfgang Bartke
DS778 .A1 B33 (Reference)

Who’s who in South African politics / Shelagh Gastrow
DT779.954 .G37 1987 (Reference and Stacks)

Who’s who among Black Americans. 
E185.96 .W52 (Reference, Davis and Stacks)

Gale Composite Biographical Dictionary Series
PN2597 .W52 - PN2597 .W56

Discipline Specific Biographical Resources

Art and Architecture

Who’s who in architecture : from 1400 to the present / edited by J. M. Richards
NA40 .W48


Who’s who in finance and business.
HF3023.A2 W5 (Reference)

Who’s who in Canadian business. 
HF5071 .W48

Who’s who in black corporate America. 
HF5500.3 .U54 W53 (Reference)


International who’s who in education / editorial director Ernest Kay. 
LA2301 .I57 1981 (Reference)

The World who’s who of women in education. 
LA2301 .W6 (Reference)

Who’s who biographical record : school district officials
LA2311 .W44 (Reference)

Who’s who in America college alumni directory. 
LB2424.W56/1983 (Reference)

Entertainment: Television, Theater and  Film

Who’s who in Hollywood, 1900-1976 / David Ragan. 
PN1998 .A2 R3 (Reference)

Notable names in the American theatre. 
PN2285 .N6 1976 (Reference)


Who’s who in fashion / Anne Stegemeyer. 
TT505 .A1 S73x


Who’s who in American law. (1977/8)
KF353 .W62

Literature and Writing

Dictionary of Literary Biography
PN451 .D52

Who was who among English and European authors, 1931-1949
PN451 .W5

Who was who among North American authors, 1921-1939. 
PN771.W56 x (Reference)

Who’s who in science fiction / Brian Ash. 
PN3448.S45 A83 1976

African American women playwrights : a research guide / edited by Christy Gavin. 
PS153 .N5 G29 1999 (Reference)


Blues who’s who : a biographical dictionary of Blues singers / Sheldon Harris. 
ML102 .B6 H3

Who’s who in opera : an international biographical directory of singers, conductors, directors, designers, and administrators, also including profiles of 101 opera companies / Maria F. Rich, editor. 
ML102 .O6 W5 (Reference)

International who’s who in music and musicians’ directory. 
ML105 .I58 1977


Who’s who in South African politics / Shelagh Gastrow
DT779.954 .G37 1987 (Reference and Stacks)

African American women in the struggle for the vote, 1850-1920 / Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. 
JK1896 .T47 1998


Who’s who in religion. 
BL2530 .U6 W48 (Reference)

Who’s who among the colored Baptists of the United States / edited by Samuel William Bacote. 

Science and Engineering

African American women in the struggle for the vote, 1850-1920 / Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. 
JK1896 .T47 1998

African-American women in the sciences and related disciplines / compiled by Gail T. Austin. 
LC 33.10:93-4 (Gov Docs)

Biographical encyclopedia of scientists / edited by John Daintith. 
Q141 .B53 2009

New dictionary of scientific biography / Noretta Koertge, editor in chief. 
Q141 .N45 2008

Who was who in American history-science and technology : a component of who’s who in American history. (1976)
Q149 .U5 W5

Who’s who in engineering. 
TA139 .E37

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