Dictionary of National Biography (63 volumes plus supplements)
DA 28 .D4 (Howe Library Reference)
Scholarly, signed articles about deceased men and women of the British Isles and the colonies, including noteworthy Americans of the colonial period. Published 1885-1990.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (60 volumes)
DA 28 .O95 2004 (Howe Library Reference)
Signed, scholarly essays on 49,705 deceased, noteworthy persons from the earliest times to the year 2000 who were born and lived in the British Isles or its territories or who visited or settled in the British Isles for significant periods. Also contains 408 entries for family and group names. Includes some portraits. Published 2004. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is also available online. The online version extends the coverage to 60,000 people who died in or before the year 2012.