This guide describes the biographical information available from Andover-Harvard Theological Library and online through the Harvard Library.

It is written for Harvard Library users and non-Harvard users interested in the types of information we can provide.

The biographical sources mentioned here are only a small number of those available. For more information, contact a research librarian by email, by telephone, at 617.496.AHTL (2485), or in person.

This guide was originally written by Clifford Wunderlich and Renata Kalnins in January 2005. It was last updated July  2013.

A Good Place to Start

Search Biography and Genealogy Master Index Online  to quickly determine which (of more than 1,000) publications you need to consult for accurate and accessible biographical information. No matter what famous person you're looking for, living or deceased, you should find the citation here; the total number of biographical sketches indexed now exceeds 13 million.

You can use Biography and Genealogy Master Index Online to:

  • Locate reference works with biographical information on people from all time periods, geographic locations, and professions
  • Search the indexes of more than 1,000 reference books at one time
  • Determine birth and death dates of important people

You may access Biography and Genealogy Master Index Online if you have a valid Harvard ID and PIN number or if you are in a Harvard library.

If you are not a Harvard Library patron, check for Biography and Genealogy Master Index Online availability in your local library. It is also available in many public and academic libraries