African American Biographical Database Connect to African American Biographical Database
Access:Internet-delivered database. There are three ways to connect:
  1. from a public computer in the University of Delaware Library
  2. from a University of Delaware campus connection in your dorm, lab, or office
  3. from an off-campus connection (University of Delaware ID required)

The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together the biographies of thousands of African Americans. These biographical sketches have been assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources. This collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person.

AABD draws its initial content from Chadwyck-Healey’s Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950 and includes descriptive listings of individuals taken from Black Biography, 1790-1950: A Cumulative Index, edited by Randall K. Burkett, Nancy Hall Burkett, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Biographical portraits from newly uncovered dictionaries as well as from other published reference sources, obituary files, slave narrative collections, internet sites, etc. will be added as the database expands.

Coverage: 1790-1950
Personalization: Click on “My Archive” in the upper right of the screen. You will be prompted to create a new account, if you have not already done so, or to enter your username and password. “My Archive” allows you to see a list of the items that you have saved and view, annotate, modify, or delete them; to see a list of the searches you have saved and run, annotate, modify, or delete them; to update your user profile details; and to subscribe to the Mailing List.
Help: Click on “Help” near the top of the screen. For further assistance, Ask the Library.
Related Resources: Databases for African American Studies
Users: unlimited concurrent users
Producer: ProQuest Information and Learning

This page is maintained by Erin Daix, Collection Development Department.

Last modified: 05/15/14