• Biographical Dictionary - 28,000+ notable men and women from ancient times to the present day. Searched by birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, achievements, and other keywords.
  • - 25,000+ of the greatest lives, past and present. Click here for the search screen.
  • Biography Center - 5400+ biographies in English.
  • - Links to biographies for Economists, Essayists, for Fiction, Law, Philosophy, Politics, for Poets and Scientists.
  • Lives : the Biography Resource - 'Links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories and more. Individual lives of the famous, the infamous, and the not so famous. Group biographies about people who share a common profession, historical era or geography. Also general collections, resources on biographical criticism and special collections'. NB: This site only includes biographies of people who have died.
  • Who2 - 'Find famous people fast'. For each famous figure, Who2 gives you the key facts: birth and death dates, famous works, notorious trivia. Also gives four additional websites for each person.
  • Ultimate Guide to Biographical Resources
    "Whatever your interest in biographical resources – lists of recommended biographies, conducting lineage research, writing your own life story or teaching others – keep reading to discover over 40 of the best biographical resources available online."

Specialist biographical resources:

  • Expert Africa - from the Contemporary Africa Database. A Who's Who of prominent Africans now living or who have died since 1950, in all fields of expertise, for example artists, political luminaries, scientists, business-people etc.
  • Distinguished Women of Past and Present - Created and maintaines by Danuta Bois, this site has biographies of women 'writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writers'.


  • The - The major 20th century & contemporary visual artists, and with links to articles, essays and interviews.
  • ArtNet - 16,000+ biographies of artists, sculptors, photographers, architects, designers, ceramicists, graphic artists etc. Fuller articles require a subscription to the Grove Dictionary of Art online.
  • PBS American Masters: Visual Arts - A series of specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of the USA's most outstanding cultural artists.



  • All - Information on all types of 'pop' musicians and musical styles, from rock-n-roll, to hip-hop, from country to gospel etc.
  • PBS American Masters: Music - A series of specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of the USA's most outstanding cultural artists.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum - Honors legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others. For biographical information go to the Inductess section.

Performing Arts

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