Biographical Resources

The reference books listed below provide only a beginning point when researching a particular individual. One will also need to search the Online Catalog (PALS), the history databases on CD-ROM, and other applicable indexes.

Biographical Dictionaries

Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (R920.72 N84) This invaluable set includes biographies of 1359 women; the biographical sketches, which range in length from 400 to 7,000 words, are followed by helpful bibliographies.

Notable American Women, 1951-1975 (R920.72 N84 1951-1975) This volume offers biographies of 442 women, from Mary Nevins MacDowell (b. 1857) to Janis Joplin (b. 1943).

Great Lives from History: American Women Series (R920.72 G79w V.1-5) Each of the 409 profiles includes a useful annotated bibliography.

Notable Black American Women (R 920.72 N84b) Biographical profiles of 500 black American women. Sources for additional study are noted, and photographs for many of the subjects are included.

African American Women: A Biographical Dictionary

Lesser Known Women (R970.072 G58l) Biographical sketches of more than 800 women of the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

European Immigrant Women in the United States: A Biographical Dictionary (R920.72 Eu7) Concise biographical summaries of the lives of 239 women; annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary sources are also provided.

The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women (R920.72 Eu74)


Bibliographies of Biographical Sources

American Autobiography, 1945-1980: A Bibliography (R016.92 K14h)

American Diaries (R920.073 Ar4a v.1-2)

Biographies of American Women: An Annotated Bibliography (R920.72 Sw35b)

The Pen is Ours: A Listing of Writings by and about African-American Women before 1910 with Secondary Bibliography to the Present (R810.809 Y38p 1991)

People in History: An Index to U.S. and Canadian Biographies in History Journals and Citations (R920 P39k v.1-2)

Published Diaries and Letters of American Women: An Annotated Bibliography (R920.073 G61p) 1987

Women in Particular: An Index to American Women (R305.4 H42w) 1984



Women's History: A Todd Library Research Guide


Ken Middleton kmiddlet@frank.mtsu.edu
Todd Library, Middle Tennessee State University