American National Biography
The American National Biography (ANB) is a 24-volume biographical encyclopedia set that contains about 17,400 entries and 20 million words, first published in 1999 by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.
|Publisher||Oxford University Press for the American Council of Learned Societies|
|Media type||Print, Digital|
|No. of books||26|
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.
Awards and reception
In 1999, the American Library Association awarded the American National Biography its Dartmouth Medal as a reference work of outstanding quality and significance. The American Historical Association's Waldo G. Leland Prize was awarded for 2001.
It has been criticized for missing cross references and occasional errors, and for its cost, which is said to limit availability in poor countries.
- American National Biography. 24 Vols. American Council of Learned Societies, by Oxford University Press. 1999 – via Internet Archive (full access) & Google Books (snippet view). LCCN 98-20826 (full set); ISBN 0-1952-0635-5 (full set); & 468280018 (full set).
- General editors: John Arthur Garraty, PhD (1920–2007) & Mark Christopher Carnes, PhD (born 1950)
Volumes via Internet Archive (full access, free, with registration)
Volumes via Google Books
- "AHA Award Recipients. Waldo G. Leland Prize". American Historical Association. May 30, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
- "About the ANB". 2005. Archived from the original on April 10, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2007 – via Wayback Machine.
- Bartlett, Rebecca Ann (2003). Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 1998–2002: Reviews of Scholarly Titles That Every Library Should Own. Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved June 6, 2021 – via Google Books. LCCN 2003-11402; ISBN 978-0-8389-8232-7; OCLC 52372938 (all editions).
- Fritze, Ronald H.; Coutts, Brian E.; Vyhnanek, Louis A[ndrew] (2004). "National and Regional Biographical Dictionaries". Reference Sources in History – An Introductory Guide (2nd ed.). ABC-Clio. p. 196. Retrieved September 18, 2011 – via Internet Archive. LCCN 2003-25558; ISBN 978-0-87436-883-3; OCLC 963367976 (all editions).
- Rosenzweig, Roy Alan (1950–2007) (2010). Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age. Columbia University Press. p. 72. Retrieved June 6, 2021 – via Google Books. LCCN 2010-12603; ISBN 978-0-231-15085-9; OCLC 1193553990 (all editions).
- Thomas, Keith (2005). Changing Conceptions of National Biography: The Oxford DNB in Historical Perspective. Leslie Stephen Special Lecture, delivered at the Senate House, Cambridge, October 1, 2004. Cambridge University Press. p. 35. Retrieved June 4, 2021 – via Google Books. LCCN 2006-295680; ISBN 978-0-5216-7118-7; OCLC 474885240 (all editions).
- Winkler, Anthony C. (1942–2015); McCuen-Metherell, Jo Ray (née Joyce Raymonde Beach; born 1929) (2011) . Writing the Research Paper: A Handbook (8th ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-4957-9964-1; OCLC 760860482 (all editions).
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