American National Biography

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American National Biography
CountryUnited States
Publisher Oxford University Press for the American Council of Learned Societies
  • 1999 (24 vols.)
  • 2002 (1st Supplement)
  • 2005 (2nd Supplement)
Media typePrint, Digital
No. of books26

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.



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 reception

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 access

General editors: John Arthur Garraty, PhD (1920–2007) & Mark Christopher Carnes, PhD (born 1950)

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

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

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