From July 1, 2023 AABD became a component of ProQuest Black Studies Center.
Biographical sketches and essays on African Americans from 1790 to 1950. The Database corresponds to the printed Black Biographical Dictionaries. These sketches have been assembled from biographical dictionaries, yearbooks, directories, histories, personal accounts, and other published sources. The full text of 300 rare books is displayed and searchable in page images, intact with images and illustrations.
There are five separate links for the online version (click on the link above, which will take you to the appropriate records/links in NUsearch). The update (1950 to the end of the 20th century) is also available and that link is part of the five entries on NUsearch. Print volumes are available, check NUsearch for precise locations and call numbers.
Over 3.6 million short biographical entries for individuals who lived across the world from ancient times to the present. Includes full text images of the original sources, usually older biographical dictionaries. Especially valuable for locating information on hard-to-find individuals from the past.