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This database includes the complete content of the microfiche series "Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950," a substantial compilation of biographical material on more than 30,000 African American individuals. Because this resource includes both famous and everyday persons, it is of interest to both historians and genealogists. Searchable by name, place of birth, date of birth, date of death, occupation, religion, gender, or source of information. Includes some illustrations and photographs.

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More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 20,000 photographs of the subjects. Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library - 7,000 biographies on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods. Includes thousands of photos, a consolidated index, and more.

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Websites

InfoPlease Biography
Solid basic biographical information from the InfoPlease Almanac.
Biography Channel
Search over 25,000 biographies of well known people, many entries include multimedia features.
National Women's History Museum Online Exhibits
Information on notable women in many different fields
African American Registry
Biographical information on influential African Americans
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Short biographies of many influential inventors