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Biographical Resources

American President: An Online Reference Resource

In-depth information on each president and their administration

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

Biographical Dictionary

Includes more than 27,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.

Biographical Resources for Buffalo and Erie County: Selected Sources in the Grosvenor Room

Select list of biographical resources in the Grosvenor Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Biographies of Erie County, New York

One of several biographical databases provided by

Thousands of biographies of famous and not-so-famous individuals.

Biography Resources

UB Only

Selected biographical sources available to UB faculty, students and staff.

Database contains over 25,000 brief biographies of current and historical persons.

Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed: An Online Reference Guide to African American History

This site "includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present."

China Biographical Database Project

The China Biographical Database is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information about approximately 360,000 individuals, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries

China Vitae

China Vitae is a resource of biographical information on more than 4000 Chinese leaders in government, politics, the military, education, business, and the media.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

A dictionary of biographical entries for individuals that have contributed to the History of Canada.

Dictionary of Irish Artists

Online version of Walter Strickland's seminal work on Irish artists.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present

Leads to biographical information presented on a wide variety of web sites.

Find A Grave

View the graves of thousands of famous and not-so-famous people from around the world.

NNDB intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people ... determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Basic information including birth/death dates, brief biographies.

Polish Biographical Dictionary

Biographical information on thousands of Poles; site is in Polish, but text is translatable through translation tools such as Google Translate.

Scientists & Engineers Biography Guide

Guide lists University at Buffalo print sources, as well as general websites.

The History Makers

Site committed to preserving the untold personal stories of African Americans.

Time Magazine's Man (Person) of the Year

Complete List From 1927 to the present.

Twentieth Century American Leaders Database

Compiled in an effort to identify and chronicle the lives of 20th century men and women whose business leadership shaped the ways that people live, work, and interact.

Union List of Artist Names Online

Lists not only biographical information about artists, but includes list of people related to them as well.

Well known people with disabilities

Information on the disease, the famous person, how it affected his or her life.


Brief biographical information on famous people.