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The University of Chicago Library owns the biographical archives listed below. Each of them is a microfiche compilation of entries appearing in a large number of biographical reference works, including many highly specialized titles. The earliest reference work included was originally published in 1646, and the most recent in the 1990's. If an individual's biography appeared in several sources, each entry will be included.

The biographies are arranged alphabetically. There various ways in which the content is indexed. The Library has printed indexes for several of the sets listed below (see details in the individual entries.) The printed indexes provide brief entries, and valuable cross-references. The networked source World Biographical Index provides indexing for the content of the following biographical archives: American (I and II); Australasian; Baltic; Benelux; British (I and II); French (I and II); German (I and II); Jewish; Italian (I and II); Scandinavian; Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American (I and II). These electronic indexes provide access by names, occupation groups, countries, and birth and death dates. Both the printed indexes and the electronic indexes provide detailed lists of sources included in the archive.

If a title listed below is still is in preparation, and the Library may have only incomplete holdings to date, and a printed index may not yet be available. The archive is still searchable by name, however.

American biographical archive. Garrance Worters, editor. New York: K.G. Saur, [1989?-1991]. 1851 microfiches.
Indexed by printed guide: American biographical index / edited by Laureen Baillie [et al.], 6 vv. at CT211.A45 1986 Index RR, and World Biographical Index.
Work is a cumulation of 368 biographical reference works originally published between 1702 and 1956, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1842 fiche. Included are biographies of 280,000 Americans listed therein. Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works such as Anti-slavery leaders of North Carolina (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1898). When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. The index provides more than 25,000 cross-references. Continued by American Biographical Archive, Series II.
microfc CT214.A437 1989 RR.
United States--Biography.

American biographical archive. Series 2. Laureen Baillie, editor. München: K.G. Saur, 1993--. 730 microfiches.
Continues American Biographical Archive. Work is an additional cumulation of 127 biographical reference works, most originally published from the beginning of the 20th century through to the early 1980s, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on some 700 fiche. This supplement gives greater attention to women and segments of society which have previously been underrepresented. African-Americans and Jewish-Americans are especially well-represented. Indexed World Biographical Index
microfc CT214.A437 1993 RR.
United States--Biography.

Baillie, Laureen and K.G. Saur Verlag. Canadian biographical archive CaBA = Archives biographiques Canadiennes. München: K.G. Saur, [2001]-. ca. 450 microfiches.
Title from container. Text in English and French. fiche no. 1-32. A - Bz.
Includes approximately 157,000 entries from about 160 source titles published from 1848 to 1993 in a single alphabetical sequence.
On order.
Canada/ Canada.

British biographical archive. Baillie, Laureen and Sieveking, Paul, editors. London, New York: K.G. Saur, c1984. 1236, 16 microfiches.
Indexed by 4 v. British biographical index / edited by David Bank and Anthony Esposito, at call number CT773.B750 1990 RR, and by World Biographical Index
Work is a cumulation of 368 biographical reference works originally published between 1702 and 1956, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1842 fiche. Included are biographies of 170,000 individuals listed therein, including persons from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and all British colonies prior to the date of their independence or home rule. Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works. When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. Continued by British biographical archive. Series 2 (microfc CT733.B75 1991 RR).
microfc CT773.B75 1984 RR.
Great Britain--Biography/Great Britain--Colonies--Biography/Baillie, Laureen/Sieveking, Paul.

British biographical archive. Series 2. Bank, David and Esposito, Anthony, editors. London, New York: K.G. Saur, [1991]. 1868 microfiches.
Work is a cumulation of hundreds of biographical reference works originally published between 1601 and 1978, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1868 microfiches. A supplementary series which both complements the material already published in the British biographical archive (microfc CT773.B75 1984 RR) and extends the period covered to 1960. Included are 150,000 biographies of individuals, including persons from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and all British colonies prior to the date of their independence or home rule. A great majority of these lives fall between the period 1870 to 1960. This supplementary series also extends the period coverage of many occupations, increases the source material on women, and source material on parts of the Empire has been widely extended. When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. Indexed by World Biographical Index .
microfc CT733.B75 1991 RR.
Great Britain--Biography/Great Britain--Colonies--Biography.

Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica = Arquivo biográfico de Espanha, Portugal e Ibero-América = Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Biographical Archive. Herrero Mediavilla, Victor and Aguayo Nayle, L. Rosa, editors. [München, New York]: K.G. Saur, 1990?-1994?]. 2162 fiches.
Part I indxed by 4 v. Índice biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica (CT1345.I530 1990 RR); both parts also by World Biographical Index.
Work is a cumulation of 639 biographical reference works originally published between the 17th and 20th centuries, in two parts: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica I (covering 306 works on 1,143 fiches, and biographies of 300,000 individuals), and Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica II, (covering 333 works on 1,018 fiches and biographies of 180,000 individuals). Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works such as Diccionario biográfico general del antiguo departamento del Cauca (Quito, 1910). When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included.
microfc CT1345.A723 1990 RR.
Spain--Biography/Portugal--Biography/Latin America--Biography/Herrero Mediavilla, Victor/Aguayo Nayle, L. Rosa/Arquivo biográfico de Espanha, Portugal e Ibero-América/Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Biographical Archive.

Archivio biografico italiano = Italian biographical archive. Nappo, Tommaso and Furlani, Silvio, editors. [München, New York]: Saur, c1987-[1990]. 1046 microfiches.
Accompanied by printed guide with introd. in Italian, English, and German. Indexed by 4 vv Indice biografico italiano, call no. CT123.I54 1993. Contents also indexed in World Biographical Index .
Work is a cumulation of 321 biographical reference works originally published between 1646 and 1931, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1046 fiches. Included are 200,000 biographies of individuals listed therein. Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works such as I conventi ed i cappuccini bresciani (Milano, 1891). When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. Entries include all regions of Italy, Sicily and Sardinia, plus Dalmatia, Savoy, Malta, and Istria; coverage is particularly comprehensive for rulers in the states of Piedmont, Lombardy, Venice, Liguria, Emilia, Romagna, Sicily, and the cities of Florence and Pisa.
microfc DG463.A72 1987 RR.
Italy--Biography--Dictionaries/Dalmatia (Croatia)--Biography--Dictionaries/Malta--Biography--Dictionaries/Savoy (France and Italy)--Biography--Dictionaries/Switzerland, Italian-speaking--Biography--Dictionaries/Tyrol (Austria)--Biography--Dictionaries.

Archivio biografico italiano. Nuova serie (ABI II) : cumulativo di 124 repertori biografici fra i più importanti a partire dalla fine del sec. XIX sino alla metà del sec. XX. ed. Tommaso Nappo, Silvio Furlani. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1992?]. 690 microfiches.
Continues Archivio Biografico Italiano. Work is a cumulation of 175 biographical reference works published through the 1950's, reproducing in a single alphabetic sequence 260,000 biographies of 218,000 individuals. Indexed by World Biographical Index .
microfc DG463.A72 1992 RR.
Italy--Biography.

Archivio biografico italiano III. Nappo, Tommaso and Furlani, Silvio ed. München: Saur, 1998-. 470 microfiches.
Includes installments III-V. Supplement to Archivio biografico italiano at call no.: microfc DG463.A72 1987, and Archivio biografico italiano. Nuova serie at call no.: microfc DG463.A72 1992. Work is a cumulation of 158 biographical reference works, including very recent publications, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 470 fiches. Included are more than 150,000 biographies of more than 120,000 individuals listed therein.
RR _microfc_DG463.A72 1998.
Italy--Biography.

Bradley, Susan. Archives biographiques françaises = French biographical archives. London New York: K.G. Saur, [1988-1990]. 1073 microfiches.
Accompanied by printed guide: Index biographique français, edited by Helen and Barry Dwyer, 4 vv. DC36.I53 1998 RR. Contents also indexed in World Biographical Index .
Work is a cumulation of 180 biographical reference works originally published between 1647 and 1986, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1,073 fiches. Included are biographies of 140,000 people listed therein. Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works such as Dictionnaire biographique de la Drôme (Grenoble, 1900-01) or Biographie des lieutenans-généraux, ministres, directeurs-généraux, chargés d'arrondissemens, préfets de la police en France (Paris, 1829) . Includes biographees from French-speaking Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and French colonies. When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. Index includes 40,000 cross-references. Continued by Index Biographique français, part 2.
microfc DC36.A723 1988 RR.
French-Canadians--Biography--Dictionaries/France--Biography--Dictionaries/France--Colonies--Biography--Dictionaries/Switzerland, French-speaking--Biography--Dictionaries.

Nappo, Tommaso. Archives biographiques françaises. Deuxième série. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [c1993?]. 644 microfiches.
Continues Archives biographiques français. Brings together into a single alphabetical arrangement entries from 122 of the most important biographical reference works for francophones living during the 19th and 20 centuries through the 1960s. Included are 180,000 entries for 135,000 individuals in the French-speaking world, including France and its former colonies, francophone Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland. Indexed by World Biographical Index, and by Index Biographique Français, 2ème édition, CT1003.I532 1998 RR, which also indexes the earlier series.
microfc DC36.A723 1993 RR.
French-Canadians--Biography--Dictionaries/France--Biography--Dictionaries/Switzerland--Biography--Dictionaries/Belgium--Biography--Dictionaries/France--Colonies--Biography--Dictionaries.

Biografisch archief van de Benelux = Archives biographiques des pays du Benelux = Biographical archive of the Benelux countries = Biographisches Archiv der Benelux-Länder (BAB). Willi Gorzny, Willemina van der Meer editors. München: Saur, [1992?]-[1994?]. vi, 756 microfiches.
Work is a cumulation of 122 of the most important biographical reference works published in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg from the end of the 16th century to to the beginning of the 20th century. Entries in Dutch, French, and German. Included are 142,000 biographies of 64,000 individuals. Fiches I-VI contain title pages, prefaces, and introductions from the reference sources consulted in compiling the biographical entries. Indexed World Biographical Index .
microfc CT1163.B564 1992 RR.
Benelux countries--Biography/Belgium--Biography/Netherlands--Biography/Luxembourg--Biography.

Deutsches Biographisches Archiv. Fabian, Bernhard and Gorzny, Willi, editors. München, New York: K.G. Saur, 1982-1984. 1437 microfiches.
Indexed by: Deutscher biographischer Index, call no. Z5305.G3K63 1986 (4 v.) Also indexed by World Biographical Index.
Work is a cumulation of 354 biographical reference works originally published between 1707 and 1913, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence on 1437 microfiches. Included are 400,000 biographies of 225,00 individuals listed therein, including persons from all German-speaking areas. Many individuals of local or limited fame are included, listed in highly specialized works such as Abhandlung von livländischen Geschichtsschreibern (1722). When the subject appears in more than one reference work, all biographies are included. Work continued by Deutsches biographisches Archive, neue Folge.
microfc Z97 RR.
Biography--Dictionaries--German/Germany--Biography--Dictionaries/Austria--Biography--Dictionaries/Baltic States--Biography--Dictionaries/Bohemia (Czech Republic)--Biography--Dictionaries/Liechtenstein--Biography--Dictionaries/Moravia (Czech Republic)--Biography--Dictionaries/Silesia--Biography--Dictionaries/Switzerland--Biography--Dictionaries.

Gorzny, Willi. Deutsches biographisches Archiv. Neue Folge bis zur Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts eine Kumulation aus 284 der wichtigsten biographischen Nachschlagewerke für den deutschsprachigen Bereich. Microfiche-Ed. [München New York]: K.G. Saur, [1990?]-[1993]. xiii, 14, 1457 microfiches.
Continues Deutsches biographisches Archive. Work is a cumulation of an additional 284 biographical reference works, published through the middle of the 20th century, reproducing 340,000 biographical entries for 280,000 individuals from all German-speaking areas. Indexed by World Biographical Index .
microfc CT1054.D488 1990 RR.
Germany--Biography.

Scandinavian biographical archive. Metherell, David and Guthrie, Paul, editors. Munich, New York: K.G. Saur, 1989-. 383 microfiches.
The University of Chicago Library holds Section A: Dano-Norwegian-Icelandic section. [Section B: Finno-Swedish section (445 fiches) held by North Park College Library.] Editor, David Metherell; sect. B: editor, Paul Guthrie. Indexed by: Scandinavian biographical index, call no. CT1243.S33 1994 (RR) and by World Biographical Index.
Entire work comprises of reprints of biographies from ca. 360 biographical reference works originally published between the 17th and 20th centuries, covering about 150,000 individuals from the beginning of Scandinavian history to the early 20th century.
microfc DL44.S326 1989 RR .
Denmark--Biography--Dictionaries/Finland--Biography--Dictionaries/Iceland--Biography--Dictionaries/Norway--Biography--Dictionaries/Sweden--Biography--Dictionaries.

Baltic Biographical Archive = Baltisches biographisches Archiv. Kaegbein, Paul and Frey, Axel edsMünchen: K.G. Saur Verlag, 1995-1998. xvi, 420 microfiches.
A single-alphabet cumulation of 218 biographical reference workds published between 1650 and 1993, with biographies for 80,000 individuals. Indexed by: Baltischer biographischer index, CT1232.5 .B35 Index (3 v.), and by World Biographical Index.
Mic _microfc_CT1232.5.B358 1995.
Baltic States--Biography--Dictionaries.

Russian biographical archive. Frey, Axel edMünchen: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997?]-. microfiches <1-285 >.
Consists of approximately 160,000 bibliographical entries for 75,000 individuals from the earliest times to the end of the dynasty of the Romanovs in 1917. Compiled from more than 150 source works published between 1827 and 1995. Biographies are primarily in Russian, but also in English, German, and French.
Mic _microfc_CT1203.R877 1997.
Russia--Biography--Dictionaries.

Polskie archiwum biograficzne [microform] = Polnisches biographisches Archiv =Polish biographical archive. München: K.G. Saur, 1993-1994. xx, 3, 613 microfiches.
Alphabetically arranged entries mainly from Polish sources, with entries also from sources in German, French, English, Latin, Russian, and Italian. Zródla = Quellen (fiches I-XX) -- Genealogia Piastów / Oswald Balzer, 1895 (fiches G1-G3) -- Biographical entries (fiches 1-613). Indexed by World Biographical Index.
Mic microfc CT1230.P657 1993.
Poland -- Biography/Hebig, Dieter/Balzer, Oswald, 1858-1933.

Ceský biografický archiv a Slovenský biografický archív (CSBA) : Tschechisches und Slowakisches biographisches archiv : Czech and Slovakian biographical archive. Kramme, U. and Urra Muena, Z., ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1992?]-. microfiches.
List of sources: fiches i-vii.
Work is a cumulation of 150,000 entries dealing with 111,000 individuals, appearing in 206 of the most important biographical reference works, reproduced in a single alphabetical sequence.
Mic _microfc_CT933.C475 1992.
Czechoslovakia--Biography--Dictionaries/Slovakia--Biography--Dictionaries.

Hungarian biographical archive = Ungarisches biographisches Archiv. Kramme, U. and Urra Muena, Z eds. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, 1993-. <G1-25, 1-647> microfiches.
Alphabetically arranged entries of 140 biographical reference works published between the 16th century and 1990, containing ca. 115,000 entries on some 90,000 individuals from Hungarian history, beginning in the 9th century, up to the present. Source works are in Hungarian, Latin, German, and English.
Mic _microfc_CT963.U543 1993.
Hungary--Biography.

South-East European biographical archive = Südosteuropäisches biographisches Archiv. Kramme, U. and Urra Muena, Z. eds. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997]-. microfiches <1-92>.
Will consist of approximately 100,000 biographies compiled alphabetically on Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro, covering a period from the 9th century to the present day, compiled from about 200 reference works published between 1711 and 1995.
RR _microfc_DR33.S843 1997.
Balkan Peninsula--Biography--Dictionaries.

Greek biographical archive = Griechisches biographisches Archiv. Schmuck, Hilmar ed. München: Saur Verlag, [1998?]-. microfiches.
Will consist of 120,000 biographical articles on approximately 90,000 individuals in a single aphabet, derived from 98 source works in 156 volumes, half in modern Greek, and the rest in English, French, German, Italian, and Latin, covering the period from 4th century AD to the present, covering Greece, Asia Minor, lower Italy during the Byzantine period, and the area of modern Greece for the period thereafter.
Mic _microfc_CT1103.G754 1998.
Greece--Biography--Dictionaries.

Turkish biographical archive. Sauer, Jutta ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1999]-. microfiches.
Will consist of 100,000 biographical entries on approximately 60,000 individuals from approximately 156 sources published between 1836 and 1998, covering the period from the 11th century to the present day.
RR _microfc_CT1902.T87 1999.
Turkey--Biography.

Kramme, U. and Urra Muena, Z. Arabisch-Islamisches biographisches Archiv AIBA. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1994?]. 127 microfiches.
Reproduces a one-alphabet cumulation of the most important biographical reference works on the Arab world published between 1858 and 1993 in English, French, German, and Spanish. A separate name index provides identifying information to individuals contained in the works. Included are entries for approximately 80,000 personages from the time of Mohammed to the present day.
RR _microfc_DS37.2.A733 1994.
Arab countries--Biography/Islamic Empire--Biography.

Herrero Mediavilla, Victor and Mediavilla, Victor Herrero. African biographical archive (AfBA) = Archives biographiques africaines. London New York: K.G. Saur, 1993. 457 microfiches.
A single-alphabet cumulation of 231 original biographical reference works, published up to 1990, covering the continent in both its chronological and territorial entirety, containing approximately 75,000 individuals from the age of the Pharaohs to the present day, including immigrants and settlers, explorers, missionaries, etc. Indexed by three-volume African biographical index CT1920 .A37 1999 and by World Biographical Index.
RR _microfc_CT1920.A375 1993.
Africa--Biography.

Indian biographical archive. Baillie, Laureen, ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997?]-. 530 microfiches.
A single alphabet cumulationn of approximately 170 sources published from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century with biographies on approximately 100,000 individuals. Geographical coverage includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Historically, coverage extends from earliest times to the late 20th century.
RR _microfc_CT1502.I535 1997.
India--Biography--Dictionaries.

South-East Asian biographical archive. Wispelwey, Berend, ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997?]-. 501 microfiches.
Comprises approximately 85,000 biographical entries on
about 55,000 persons from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Both the colonial era and subsequent independence movements in south-east Asia are included in the Archive. Biographies were selected from more than 300 sources. About 10,000 entries include abstracts in English.
RR _microfc_CT1592.S688 1997.
Asia, Southeastern--Biography--Dictionaries.

Chinese biographical archive = Chinesisches biographisches Archiv. Minden, Stephan von, ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997?]. 442 microfiches.
A single-alphabet cumulation of 115,000 biographical entries on 67,200 individuals within the cultural sphere of China, ranging from the historical beginnings to the present days.
The biographies are written in English, Chinese, German and French, collated from 88 sources, biographical reference works, manuals and related publications, comprising 130 volumes altogether. All entries are arranged and transcribed according to the Hanyu-pinyin System. 44,000 entries from Chinese standard works are provided with abstracts in English. Indexed by the 3 v. Chinese Biographical Index, CT1821.C556 1997 Index .
RR _microfc_CT1821.C556 1997.
China/Taiwan--Biography/Hong Kong (China)--Biography.

Frey, Axel and K.G. Saur Verlag. Korean biographical archive (KBA) Koreanisches biographisches Archiv. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [2000?]-. ca. 300 fiches.
Includes in a single alphabetical sequence about 85,000 biographical entries from c. 150 source works encompassing more than 270 volumes published until 1999. Contains biographical entries on more than 45,000 men and women from all periods of Korean history, along with Korean emigrants and foreigners who have influenced Korea’s development. The biographies are written in Korean, English, German, and French. Entries for approximately 20,000 persons, derived from Korean standard works, and have been provided with abstracts in English.
CT1842 .K67 RR _microfc_CT1842.K67 2000.
Korea--Biography--Dictionaries.

Japanese biographical archive. Wispelwey, Berend, ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [2000?]-. ca. 400 microfiches.
Will consist of a single-alphabetic cumulation of 85,000 biographies of about 65,000 individuals appearing in about 87 biographical reference works, published up to 1998. The biographies are written in Japanese, English, German, French, and other western languages; aboutg 25,000 entries from Japanese standard works will be provided with English abstracts.
RR _microfc_CT1832.J37 2000.
Japan--Biography--Dictionaries.

Australasian biographical archive. München: K.G. Saur, [1990]-1996. xiv, 409, 115, iv microfiches.
Work is a one-alphabet cumulation of 181 English-language biographical reference works originally published between 1866-1983. Regionally this biographical archive covers Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, as well as all the islands of the South Pacific.between 1866 and 1983). Indexed by World Biographical Index.
microfc CT2775.A978 1990 RR.
Australasia--Biography/Australia--Biography/New Zealand--Biography/Papua New Guinea--Biography/Oceania--Biography.

Biographical archive of the classical world = Biographisches Archiv der Antike. Schmuck, Hilmar, ed. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1997?]-. 623 microfiches.
A single-alphabet cumulation of biographical articles on approximately 150,000 individuals from about 120 biographical reference sources, mostly in German, published between 1545 and 1989.
RR _microfc_PA83.B564 1997.
Classicists--Biography/Civilization, Classical--Biography.

Jüdisches biographisches Archiv = Jewish biographical archive. Pinchas Lapide, Hilmar Schmuck editors. München: K.G. Saur Verlag, [1994?]. 661, xxix microfiches.
List of sources on 29 microfiches at end.
Work is a cumulation of 102 biographical reference works, reproducing in a single alphabetic sequence 175,000 biographies of 100,000 individuals. Indexed by World Biographical Index.
RR _microfc_DS115.J843 1994.
Jews--Biography--Dictionaries.

Jüdisches biographisches Archive Neue Folge Jewish biographical archiv, Neue Folge. c. 600 fiches.
Supplement to Jewish biographical archive, RR _microfc_DS115.J843 1994.
On order.