Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie

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The volumes of the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie.

Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB, German : Universal German Biography) is one of the most important and most comprehensive biographical reference works in the German language. [1]


It was published by the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences between 1875 and 1912 in 56 volumes, printed in Leipzig by Duncker & Humblot. The ADB contains biographies of about 26,500 people who died before 1900 and lived in the German language Sprachraum of their time, including people from the Netherlands before 1648. [1]

Its successor, the Neue Deutsche Biographie , was started in 1953 and is planned to be ready in 2023. The index and full-text articles of ADB and NDB are freely available online via the website German Biography ( Deutsche Biographie ).


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