Biography LInks

(from Multnomah County Library)

Biography Collections

Biographical Dictionary
Formerly named Notable Citizens of Planet Earth, this updated version is a biographical dictionary with over 19,000 people indexed.
More than 30,000 biographies.
A database of 25,000 people - past and present.
The Biography Maker
" like those homework machines we have been hearing about for many years. It is designed to help you convert facts into insights, dull and boring information into fascination and magic."
Colonial Hall: Biographies of the Founding Fathers
Biographies of all of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Each is approximately one page long.
Conversations with History
"In these lively and unedited interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. They reminisce about their participation in great events, and they share their perspectives on the past and reflect on what the future may hold. Guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists and political analysts; scientists and historians; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists."
Dead People Server
"The Dead People Server is simply a list of interesting celebrities who are long dead, newly dead or might plausibly be dead."
Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography
Biographies of noteworthy people in physics, astronomy, chemistry, and math.
Find a Grave
View the graves of thousands of famous and not-so-famous people from around the world.
The Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
Biographies of each of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
Gallery of Achievers
Biographies of achievers of all fields from around the world.
Historic Figures
From the BBC, this website provides biographies of the movers and shakers of history.
Island of Freedom
Biographies of nearly 100 theologians, philosophers, poets, composers, and artists.
Jewish Virtual Library: Biography
Biographies of hundreds of Jews from around the world.
Lucid Cafe: Alphabetical Index
A number of biographies of famous and noteworthy people.
Matthew Brady's National Portrait Gallery: Comprehensive List of Sitters
Matthew Brady took many pictures of famous people during the 1800s. View the pictures and read brief biographies here.
Medieval People
Biographies of medieval artists, musicians, authors, religious figures, royalty, nobility, and more.
Meet Amazing Americans
"Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today."
PBS Biographies
Biographies prepared by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).
People Index
Very short biographies of people in world history. Especially useful is the clickable timeline.
Spectrum Biographies
Biographies and portraits of 34 famous people.
Voice of America Pronunciation Guide
Need help pronouncing a name? This website has phonetic spellings and audio file pronunciations for hundreds of names.
Who's Alive and Who's Dead
"Welcome to Who's Alive and Who's Dead - the website that helps you keep track of which famous people have died and which are still alive!" You can search by career or alphabetically.
Who's Who in American history: Civil War to the Present
Search for famous Americans by name, era, or occupation. There is also a photo gallery.

Sweet Search Biographies

Sweet Search describes their biographies as "profiles and outstanding search results for thousands of famous-or infamous-people from many walks of life, professions and countries, spanning many centuries."