Selected Web Sites Compiled by Kathy Wheeler, Electronic Services/Math & Stat Bibliographer  

General Biographical Resources

American Memory: from the Library of Congress; good for primary biographical sources.
Biographical Dictionary : Approximately 18,000 very brief biographies.
Biography Center: links to biographies on the Internet. Can be searched in English, French, German and Spanish. from A & E
Biography Reference Bank: Subscription database; requires USA ID
InfoPlease Biography: political and entertainment figures.
Online Biographies: search engines for biographical information|
Virtual American Biographies: Book I: Continental Discovery to 1899 to top of page

Artistic, Literary & Musical Biography

Biographies: the Classical Fiction Writers
Biographies: the Poets
Composers: classical
Jazz Biography: includes audio clips
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: can be searched by name or induction year to top of page


African American Women Writers in the 19th Century: from the Schomburg Center for Research in  Black Culture.
African Americans in History: short biographical sketches.
African Diaspora Biography on the Internet
American Indian Biographies
American Indians: the Smithsonian's spotlight biography.  Short sketches of Pocahontas, Black Hawk and Geronimo.
Blacks in Technology: Past and Present to top of page

Political Biography

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: 1774 - Present
First Ladies of the United States of America: short biographical information; includes pictures.
The Political Graveyard: birth and death dates, offices held and other basic information.
The Presidents of the United States of America: includes pictures. The Presidents are listed in the column on the left.
Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership to top of page

Scientific Biography

4000 Years of Women in Science: Covers ancient times to the present. Some biographies are fairly extensive (one page) while others consist of only a few words.
Biographies of Biologists
Biographies of Women Mathematicians
Blacks in Technology: Past and Present
Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Famous Physicists
Mathematicians' Biographies
National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs
National Inventors Hall of Fame: Searchable. Includes indexes by inventor (alphabetical or by date of induction) and by invention.
Women Scientists: from the Faces of Science project. to top of page


Biographies of Notable Women
Biography: Women: Ancient and Classical
Distinguished Women of Past and Present: Includes women both past and present of many different countries.
First Ladies of the United States of America: short biographical information; includes pictures.
National Women's History Project Biography Center
Women's International Biography Indexto top of page