The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 18,700 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.
Published in 24 volumes in 1999, the American National Biography won instant acclaim as the new authority in American biographies. Winner of the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal as the best reference work of the year, the ANB now serves readers in thousands of school, public, and academic libraries around the world.
The publication of the online edition makes the ANB even more useful as a dynamic source of information -- updated semi-annually, with new entries and revisions of previously published entries to enhance their accuracy and currency. Find out more about our latest update with a list of new subjects and an introduction from General Editor Susan Ware. The ANB Online features over 2,700 illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, links to select web sites, and powerful search and browse capabilities. See our ANB online user guide to find out more.
The American National Biography is published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.