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American National Biography Online

The American National Biography (ANB) is a 24 volume biographical encyclopedia set containing approximately 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] In addition to significant investment by Oxford University Press, funding came from Rockefeller Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.[4] The general editors were John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes.[5]

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.[6]

It is commonly available in the reference sections of United States libraries,[7][8] and it is available online by subscription (see external links).

Awards and reception

In 1999, the American Library Association awarded the American National Biography its prestigious Dartmouth Medal[9] as a reference work of outstanding quality and significance. The American Historical Association's Waldo G. Leland Prize was awarded for 2001.[10]

It has been criticized for missing cross references and occasional errors,[11] and for its cost, which is said to limit availability in poor countries.[12]

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External links

  • William R. Ferris
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