Life Writing Resources and Links
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CENTERS, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES:
- Center for Autobiographic
Studies: CAS is "dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, creation, and preservation of contemporary autobiographic works."
- Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research
- H-Memory: "a discussion
network open to all academics and researchers concerned with Memory
Studies. This inter-disciplinary field interests itself in how humans
remember and represent that memory, be it through literature, monuments,
historical works, or in their own private lives."
- The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for
the History and Theory of Biography in Vienna
- MA in Biography at the University of Buckingham
MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith's College, London
in Life Writing at East Anglia University--Norwich
- Master of Biography at Monash University
- Prosopography Centre:
Modern History Research Unit, University of Oxford. "The Centre is
dedicated to the study and promotion, and, where necessary, development,
of the disciplines and methods of medieval prosopography."
for Studies in Biography and Autobiography at La Trobe University: "A full program of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, seminars,
conferences, academic visitors, etc."--Richard Freadman
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RESEARCH AND BIBLIOGRAPHY RESOURCES:
Literary, Historical, Philosophical:
acadiennes/Acadian Women's (Life) Writing
- Autopacte: Managed by Philippe
Lejeune, Autopacte provides extensive bibliographies on a variety of
lifewriting topics, listings of journals in several languages which
publish lifewriting criticism and theory, and notices of conferences and
colloquia as well.
- Biography and
History: a solid listing of heavyweight materials.
- "This release of In the First Person provides
indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history in English from
around the world. With future releases, the index will broaden to identify
other first-person content, including letters, diaries, memoirs, and
autobiographies, and other personal narratives. The database is free!"
- ipseite: Systematic inventory of personal diaries and notebooks
published or translated into French from the Renaissance to the 3rd millenium.
- Who's Got the Story? Memoir
as History/History as Memoir: A series of events at the University of
Psychology and Psychobiography:
- The Foley Center
for the Study of Lives at Northwestern: The Center is "a small
interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying personality and
social development in adulthood, with a special emphasis on the
development of such prosocial characteristics in human lives as
generativity, altruism, social commitment, and wisdom."
- Narrative Psychology: Internet Resource Guide at Le
Moyne College: "This guide provides a broad set of bibliographical and Internet-based resources for use in the study
of narrative psychology and has been designed both as an Internet-available document for researchers generally and
partially to be used within an advanced undergraduate psychology seminar."?Vincent Hevern
"My aim with all this is twofold. First and foremost, I want to provide a
quality resource for those interested in the field I adore:
psychobiography. . . . Second, I do want to use this site as a way of
making my own writing more easily available."-- Todd Schultz
Oral History Resources:
- Center for Oral History
at the University of Hawai`i: Established in 1976, "COH preserves the
recollections of Hawai`i's people through oral interviews and disseminates
oral history transcripts to researchers, students, and the general
- From Memory --
New Zealand's War Oral History Programme
- Indiana University:
Center for the Study of History and Memory. "The Center for the
Study of History and Memory began its existence in 1968, when the "Oral
History Project" was founded by Oscar O. Winther as an initiative to
collect the history of the University itself. The enormous potential of
oral history as a research and pedagogical tool was quickly apparent,
and the project expanded as other research studies were added to its
growing archive. When John Bodnar became the project's director in
1981, he changed the Oral History Project's name to the Oral History
Research Center to reflect its broadened scope and its mission to
preserve, collect, and interpret 20th-century history through the
medium of first-person testimony."
- The New Orleans
Disaster Oral History and Memory Project
History Archives of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War at
Rutgers: "The Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, the
Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, directed by Sandra Stewart
Holyoak, is an enterprise to record the personal experiences of the men
and women who served on the home front and overseas." Currently featuring
312 oral histories, the Project "is an enterprise to record the personal
experiences of the men and women who served on the homefront and overseas.
It is based on in-depth interviews of individuals who lived through World
War II, beginning with an initial group of Rutgers College alumni and
Douglass College alumnae (formerly, New Jersey College for Women)."
- The Oral History Association
at Dickinson College. "The Oral History Association, established in
1966, seeks to bring together all persons interested in oral history as
a way of collecting human memories."
Oral History Program at Cal. State Long Beach: "This Program, housed
in the Department of History, is designed to teach and train history
students in the use of materials that focus on largely unwritten sources."
Oral History Research Office at Columbia University: Founded in 1948
by Allan Nevins, "the oral history collection now contains over 7,000
taped memoirs, and over 700,000 pages of transcript." The Office "is the oldest and largest organized oral history program in the world."
Out in the Redwoods: GLBT Oral History Website at UC Santa Cruz.
- Regional Oral History
Office at UC Berkeley: Established in 1954, ROHO's "major subject
areas include law and government, arts and letters, business and labor,
social and community history, University of California history, natural
resources and the environment, and science and technology."
- The Southern Oral History
Program at UNC: SOHP "seeks to foster a critical, yet democratic
understanding of the South--its history, culture, problems, and
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INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION LISTS
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CONFERENCE AND PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING BOOKS OF INTEREST
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BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARIES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, AND SPECIALTY
The American History Page: Biographies at About.Com.
- American Memory
website of American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920: This
Library of Congress website "is comprised of 253 published narratives by
Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies
and the United States and their observations and opinions about American
Apeoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Also included is
thirty-two-volume set of manuscript sources entitled Early Western
Travels, 1748-1846, published between 1904 and 1907 after diligent
compilation by the distinguished historian and secretary of the Wisconsin
Historical Society Reuben Gold Thwaites."
- The Biographical Dictionary
Online: Keyword search of more than 28,000 brief biographical notes
Biographical Resources at the New York Public Library.
Keyword search of more than 27,000 biographies online.
- Chinese Biographical
Database: Keyword search of more than 3,500 biographies online.
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
- Famous People at thefamouspeople.com
- Infoplease's People
Page: Biographical sketches of Supreme Court justices, world leaders,
to Native North American Biography Sites.
- Lives: The Biography Resource:
"The largest guide to posthumous biography sites on the Web."
- MemoryWiki: The
Encyclopedia of Memories: Everyone has a story. Make yours history.
Books in Nineteenth-Century Studies at USC: "Our goal is to be a
comprehensive interdisciplinary guide to scholarship on nineteenth-century
- New Dictionary of National
Biography: "A collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of
men and women who have shaped all aspects of the British past . . . will
be published in print and electronic forms in 2004."
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Arts and Entertainment
Government & Politics
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Religion and Hagiography
Science & Technology
African Americans in the Sciences: Biographical sketches of
significant figures, including the areas of physical and biological
sciences, and inventors.
- American Nursing
Association Hall of Fame: "The ANA Hall of Fame is a lasting
tribute to nurses whose dedication and achievements have significantly
impacted the nursing profession throughout the years."
Biographical Information in Science, Health, and Engineering: at ASU.
Catalog of the Scientific Community in the 16th and 17th Centuries:
"This catalog is a collection of 631 biographies of members of the
scientific community during the 16th and 17th centuries with vital facts
about each individual and his/her contributions to science."
Communications Pioneers Biographical Dictionary: "The focus of this
initial effort is individuals contributing to the art of audio
Canadian Scientists: "This short list of great Canadian scientist
in-depth profiles was developed . . . to reflect a balance of discipline,
region and gender. We also tried to keep to 'Scientists' rather than
engineers, doctors or inventors--though there were a couple of
History of Astronomy: "The following pages include not only
astronomers, but also persons with relation to astronomy. Scholars from
other fields who did investigations in astronomy, makers of astronomical
History of Evolutionary Thought: "The list . . . includes scientists
and thinkers who have contributed to our understanding of life on Earth,
especially, evolution. The list is given chronologically, and is divided
into sections according to themes in the history of evolutionary
History of Mathematics Archive: Alphabetical and chronological search
of biographies of more than 1100 mathematicians.
and Museum of the History of Science of Florence: "The biographical
texts . . . are all of personalities in some way connected to the figure
of Galileo. Their contents aim at underlining the relationship of each
personality with Galileo himself."
- The Invention
Dimension at MIT: Inventor of the Week archives.
- Inventors Home Page at About.Com
Foundation: Living Library Home Page: "Read about former Lasker Award
winners and learn about the discoveries that made them famous: interviews,
images, award citation, scholarly papers, and biographical sketches."
Revolutionaries: On turning inspiration into innovation in Silicon
Valley: "Revolutionaries takes a new look at the inspiration behind
18 of Silicon Valley's top technology and science pioneers--the men and
women who forged ground-breaking research, products or businesses, often
in the face of long odds and seemingly insurmountable hurdles."
- NASA Astronaut Biographies
Science Biography Resources: at Chicago.
- Society for Advancement of
Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: Biography Project.
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War & Peace
- The American
Civil War Homepage at the University of Tennessee: Comprehensive
assemblage of net sources devoted to every aspect of the Civil War,
including personal accounts, diaries, letters, photos, and much more.
- American Revolutionary War:
- Mahatma Gandhi Foundation
- Kings College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military
Archives: "The Centre holds private papers of over 500 senior defense personnel who held office in [the 20th] century.
Individual collections range in size from a single file to the 1000 boxes of Capt. Sir Basil Liddell Hart's papers. To
these are now being added research materials, notably interview transcripts, collected in connection with television
documentaries and academic projects."
- The Korean War:
- The Martin Luther King,
Jr. Papers Project at Stanford.
- U.S. Army Center of
Military History: Full-text Listings of Medal of Honor Citations.
- War, Peace, & Security WWW Server: The Military History Page at the Canadian
- The World War I Document Archive at BYU.
- World War II Websites Collection at the
University of Washington.
- 4000 Years of
Women in Science: "This is an alphabetical list. You may also access
a time-ordered list and now, finally, a field of study ordered list."
Women's History: A Research Guide: General Reference
and Biographical Sources; Subject Index to Research Sources; State and
Regional History Sources; Finding Books, Journal Articles,
Theses; Finding Primary Sources; Digital Collections of Primary
Biographies of Women Mathematicians: "These pages are part of an
on-going project by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott
College, in Atlanta GA, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women
in the field of mathematics."--Larry Riddle
Celebration of Women Writers at Penn.
Civil War Women at Duke: Biographies, diaries, letters, important
documents, and photos and prints.
- Distinguished Women:
Past and Present: Biographies and numerous links to related sites.
Emancipation of Women: British History 1700-1920: Biographies and
numerous links to related sites.
- The International Association
of Labour History Institutions: Women's and Gender History: "In the
past few years, the relationship between women and labour issues, gender
and class, socialism and sexuality, feminism and socialism has frequently
been the subject of conferences, workshops and publications of labour
history institutions. IALHI recently published on its website a new
section with information on gender related materials in IALHI members
- Military Woman
Home Page: "Serving past, present, and future women in the military,"
this is a kind of journal/message board/scrapbook of messages/vignettes
posted by women inquiring about, serving in, or retired from all branches
of the US military.
Notable Women of Computing & Mathematics: Compiled by The Ada Project
at Yale: "Honoring the close connection between mathematics and computing,
TAP provides information on pioneers in both areas."
Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
- Spanish Women
Writers: Biographical sketches and bibliographies of works (in
- Women Chemists
Throughout History -- Mahalo to Mary Jenkins : )
- Women in
Science--Biographies: "The biographies are sorted by topics and also
by alphabetical order."
Special Collections: A subcategory of the "Lives: The Biography
Resource" link above. Links to a wide variety of women by historical
- The Women's History
Network founded in Britain in June 1991.
- The Women's International Center:
Bios of their Living Legacy Award winners and other "exceptional
- Women's Legal History
Biography Project at Stanford: This site "grows out of Professor
Barbara Babcock's course at Stanford Law School on Women's legal
history." The "primary purpose . . . is to extend the historiography
of women as lawyers in the United States."
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RELATED JOURNALS, JOURNAL DATABASES, AND
Journal Databases and Index Sources:
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