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American biographical archive

Laureen Baillie, managing editor ; Gerry Easter and Garance Worters, editors ; Nanette Gibbs and Patti McClung, special consulting editors
Manuscript/Manuscript with Fiche
New York, New York : K.G. Saur, [1986-1989]
884 microfiches ; 11 x 15 cm.
  • 0862913810 set
  • 0862915686 Installment 1, 2
  • 0862915708 Installment 3
  • 0862915716 Installment 4
  • 0862915724 Installment 5
  • 0862915740 Installment 7


This microfiche set contains "some 300,000 biographies of statesmen, politicians, soldiers, clerics, criminals, lawyers, physicians, industrialists, scholars, educators, reformers, missionaries, patriots, heroes, tradesmen and women, novelists, poets, actors, musicians--all men and women of local, national or international importance who resided in or were associated with the United States and Canada"--Introd.

The order of entries is alphabetical by the name of the subject of each biography. Initials and other abbreviated forms are placed at the beginning. Within sequences of the same name shared by different individuals, the arrangement is as follows: a. personal name, neither surname or forename; b. general entries for entire families, American Indian tribes or other groups; c. surname where no forenames are known; d. surname with forenames.

Within each of these sections, arrangement is alphabetical. Where different individuals share exactly the same name, arrangement is chronological, by birth date, or death date, or floruit date where no firm birth or death is known. Floruit dates are preceeded by fl., and indicate a known period of activity.

All the biographies from each of the source titles have been included. Where more than one biography on a given individual is included, the material is arranged chronologically, to give the clearest picture of an individual's developing, or declining reputation.

Includes a separate one-alphabet cumulation of almost 400 of the most important English-language biographical reference works on the United States and Canada originally published between the 18th and the early 20th centuries. This separate cumulation is titled: American Biographical Archive--Source Works.

As the editorial work has been completed in stages with the first installment going to press before all material had been processed, it is inevitable that material on certain individuals has been found under different names, sometimes too late for inclusion under the preferred heading. A small supplementary A-Z sequence will be published to accomodate such material, which most commonly occurs in connection with women who marry, and people with more than one name or form of name in common usage. Cross-references have been made from alternative forms or names to the preferred heading"--Introd.

The library has a 6 volume index which refers to these microfiche. See Author/Title catalog under: American biographical index.

"The biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias which are reproduced and recumulated here were originally published primarily between 1702 and 1920 in the United States, Canada and England. Many of these volumes are now scarce, impossible to locate, or difficult to use given their haphazard organization and lack of indexing. The complete original texts pertaining to Americans and Canadians first published in 367 different sources have been carefully reproduced, annotated, cross-referenced, and recumulated into a single alphabetical sequence..."--Introd.

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