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Biography in Context
Accessible to current Thrall / RCLS Library cardholders. A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

See also: Biography Databases as well as Encyclopedias
Know Your World: Persons
Learn more about the names in the news or delve deeper into the biographies of contemporary and historical persons. Locate biographical articles in databases and encyclopedias. Provided by Middletown Thrall Library for Members of Middletown Thrall Library

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Academy of Achievment
"The Academy of Achievement brings students face-to-face with the extraordinary leaders, the visionaries and the pioneers who have helped shape our world." Areas include The Arts, Business, Public Service, Science & Exploration and Sports.
Baseball Biography Project
From the Society for American Baseball Research.
A growing collection of brief sketches covering over 25,000 diverse personalities, including historical figures, politicians, sports, entertainers, and more.
Biographical Dictionary
This dictionary includes more than 27,000 notable men and women from ancient times to the present day.
Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress
Search by name, state, party and position from 1784 to the present. Includes the Continental Congress.
Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Civil War Biographies
From the Civil War Trust.
Dead People Server
An occasionally humorous but current source of concise biographies and obituaries.
Encyclopedia of World Biography
"A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture." From Thrall's Virtual Reference Library. Available to members of Thrall.
Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography
Biographical information on scientists and mathematicians.
Former Secretaries-General
From the United Nations.
The HistoryMakers
The archive contains over 500 oral history interviews of African Americans. They are grouped thematically by occupations. Each brief biography also includes a photograph of the subject. A timeline of events goes back to the 1800s.
Mechanical Engineers: People Making History
From the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Notable Names Database (NNDB)
"NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. It mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious." Also includes the "NNDB Mapper" which is described as "a visual tool for exploring the connections between people in NNDB, linking them together through family relations, corporate boards, movies and TV, political alliances, and shadowy conspiracy groups. Maps can be saved and shared for others to explore." Contains information on over 40,000 persons. Browse or search. You can examine sources and further readings on each person under the Bibliography tab. The NNDB Mapper link (right / top of record) visually depicts connections between persons as expandable nodes.
The Political Graveyard
"The Internet's most comprehensive free source for American political biography, listing 217,078 politicians, living and dead." Compiled by Lawrence Kestenbaum.
Portrait Gallery
"A selection of portraits of historical figures from the Perry-Castaneda Library, University of Texas at Austin."
Spotlight: Biography
"Spotlight Biography is the Smithsonian's virtual center-stage for famous and not-so-famous American artists and athletes, soldiers and scientists, inventors and social reformers, and other interesting people. On these pages you will find images and information from across the Smithsonian about men and women who have shaped our history and culture." From the Smithsonian Institution.
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