American National Biography

Summary

The American National Biography (ANB) is a 24-volume biographical encyclopedia set that contains about 17,400 entries[1] and 20 million words,[2] first published in 1999 by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.

American National Biography
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Disciplineencyclopedia
PublisherOxford University Press for the American Council of Learned Societies
Published
  • 1999 (24 vols.)
  • 2002 (1st Supplement)
  • 2005 (2nd Supplement)
Media typePrint, Digital
No. of books26
Websitewww.anb.org

BackgroundEdit

A 400-entry supplement appeared in 2002.[3] Additional funding came from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.[4]

The ANB bills itself as the successor of the Dictionary of American Biography, which was first published between 1926 and 1937. It is not, however, a strict superset of this older publication; the selection of topics was made anew.[5]

It is commonly available in the reference sections of United States libraries,[6][7] and is available online by subscription (see external links).

Awards and receptionEdit

In 1999, the American Library Association awarded the American National Biography its Dartmouth Medal[8] as a reference work of outstanding quality and significance. The American Historical Association's Waldo G. Leland Prize was awarded for 2001.[9]

It has been criticized for missing cross references and occasional errors,[10] and for its cost, which is said to limit availability in poor countries.[11]

Selected accessEdit

  • American National Biography. Vol. 24 Vols. American Council of Learned Societies, by Oxford University Press. 1999 – via Internet Archive (full access) & Google Books (snippet view). LCCN 98-20826 (full set); ISBN 0-1952-0635-5 (full set); & 468280018 (full set).
General editors: John Arthur Garraty, PhD (1920–2007) & Mark Christopher Carnes, PhD (born 1950)

Volumes via Internet Archive (full access, free, with registration)Edit

Vol. 1 ANB ("Aarons, Alexander A." – "Baird, Spencer Fullerton"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127803; OCLC 246050663 (all editions).
Vol. 2 ANB ("Baker, Belle" – "Blatch, Harriet Stanton"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127811; OCLC 772371682 (all editions).
Vol. 3 ANB ("Blatchford, Richard Milford" – "Burnet, William"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 019512782X; OCLC 246051296 (all editions).
Vol. 4 ANB ("Burnett, Alfred" – "Clarke, Lewis G."). 1999. Retrieved 28 May 2021. ISBN 0195127838; OCLC 772374229 (all editions).
Vol. 5 ANB ("Clarke, Mary Bayard Devereux" – "DaCosta, John Chambers"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127846; OCLC 795981225 (all editions).
Vol. 7 ANB ("Dubuque, Julien" – "Fishbein, Morris"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127862; OCLC 772374289 (all editions).
Vol. 8 ANB ("Fishberg, Maurice" – "Gihon, Albert Leary"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127870; OCLC 795981232 (all editions).
Vol. 9 ANB ("Gilbert, Anne Hartley" – "Hand, Learned"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127889; OCLC 772374263 (all editions).
Vol. 10 ANB ("Handerson, Henry Ebenezer" – "Hofmann, Josef Casimir"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127897; OCLC 772371685 (all editions).
Vol. 11 ANB ("Hofstadter, Richard" – "Jepson, Willis Linn"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127900; OCLC 795981240 (all editions).
Vol. 12 ANB ("Jeremiah, Thomas" – "Kurtz, Benjamin"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127919; OCLC 246051972 (all editions).
Vol. 13 ANB ("Kurtzman, Harvey" – "Lovecraft, H.P."). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127927; OCLC 772371685 (all editions).
Vol. 14 ANB ("Lovejoy, Arthur O." – "McCurdy, Richard Aldrich"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127935; OCLC 772363691 (all editions).
Vol. 15 ANB ("McCutcheon, Floretta Doty" – "Moskowitz, Belle Lindner Israels"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127943; OCLC 246052109 (all editions).
Vol. 17 ANB ("Park, Edwards Amasa" – "Pushmataha"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 019512796X; OCLC 772371687 (all editions).
Vol. 19 ANB ("Rousseau, Lovell Harrison" – "Simmons, William Joseph"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127986; OCLC 795981272 (all editions).
Vol. 20 ANB ("Simms, Florence" – "Stratemeyer, George Edward"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195127994; OCLC 246052393 (all editions).
Vol. 21 ANB ("Stratton, Eugene" – "Tunney, Gene"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195128001; OCLC 795981277 (all editions).
Vol. 23 ANB ("Wellek, René" – "Wrenn, Robert Duffield"). 1999. Retrieved 20 May 2021. ISBN 0195128028; OCLC 1003045645 (all editions).

Volumes via Google BooksEdit

→ Vol. 6 ANB ("Dafora, Asadata" – "Dubuclet, Antoine"). 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). ISBN 0195127854; OCLC 246050949 (all editions).
→ Vol. 16 ANB ("Mosler, Henry" – "Parish, Peggy"). 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). ISBN 0195127951; OCLC 795981253 (all editions).
→ Vol. 18 ANB ("Putnam, Alice Harvey Whiting" – "Roush, Edd J."). 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). ISBN 0195127978; OCLC 795981268 (all editions).
→ Vol. 22 ANB ("Tunnicliff, Ruth May" – "Welk, Lawrence"). 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). ISBN 0-1951-2801-X; OCLC 772363698 (all editions).
→ Vol. 24 ANB ("Wright, Austin Tappan" – "Zworykin, Vladimir Kosma"). 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). ISBN 0-1951-2803-6; OCLC 246052970 (all editions).
→ Supplement 1: "Cumulative Occupations Index" ANB. 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2021 – via Google Books (snippet view). LCCN 2003-541662 (Supps. 1 & 2); ISBN 0195150635, 9780195150636 OCLC 52547928 (all editions).
→ Supplement 2: "Cumulative Index by Occupations and Realms of Renown" ANB. 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2021 – via Google Books. LCCN 2003-541662 (Supps. 1 & 2); ISBN 9780195222029, 0195222024; OCLC 52547928 (all editions).

Via onlineEdit

  • "American National Biography Online". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 20 May 2021. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help) OCLC 39182280.

See alsoEdit

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NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Fritze, Ronald H.; Coutts, Brian E.; Vyhnanek, Louis A[ndrew] (2004). "National and Regional Biographical Dictionaries". Reference Sources in History – An Introductory Guide (2nd ed.). ABC-Clio. p. 196. Retrieved 18 September 2011 – via Internet Archive. LCCN 2003-25558; ISBN 978-0-87436-883-3; OCLC 963367976 (all editions).
  • Yale University News (20 July 2009). "Oxford University Press and Regional Networks Announce Strategic Alliance". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.

External linksEdit

  • Official website