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U.S. Business History: The People
 

Online Database

Who's Who in Finance and Business
Basic personal information plus educational background and career summaries for senior executives of the largest U.S. firms as well as other leaders in business and industry. Now incorporated in the database: Marquis Biographies Online. (Rutgers-restricted)
DANA 2006/07, 2008/09: REF HF3023 .A2W5; CARR 2004/05-2008/09: REF. HF3023 .A2W5
Earlier titles:
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry. 1970-2003 ALEXANDER 1985/86-1996/97: HF54 .W628; ANNEX 1972-1984: HF54 .W628; DANA 1970-2003: REF HF3023 .A2W5; CARR 1977/78-2003: REF. HF3023 .A2W5
  • World's Who's Who in Finance and Industry. 1970/71 ANNEX HF54 .W628 v.16
  • World Who's Who in Commerce and Industry. 1961-1968/69 ANNEX HF54 .W628
  • Who's Who in Commerce and Industry. 1936-1959 ANNEX HF54 .W628

Finding Books

To find books and other materials on the people who played a role in the business life of the United States search the Library Catalog using SUBJECT begins with

BUSINESSPEOPLE UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
BUSINESSPEOPLE UNITED STATES HISTORY
BUSINESSMEN UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
BUSINESSWOMEN UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
CAPITALISTS AND FINANCIERS UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
EXECUTIVES UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
WOMEN EXECUTIVES UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
MERCHANTS UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY
BANKERS UNITED STATES BIOGRAPHY

To find books and other materials on a specific individual search the Library Catalog using SUBJECT begins with that person's name, for example

PENNEY, J.C.
WALTON, SAM

Indexes to Books and Articles

Biography Index
New York, H.W. Wison Co., 1946- .
Quarterly index to biographical books and articles.
ALEXANDER 1946- : REF. Z5301 .B5; CAMDEN 1946-2003/04: REF. Z5301 .B5; DANA 1946- :REFERENCE INDEX TABLE M; CARR 1946- : REF CT100 .B5
People in Business and Industry in North America: Summaries of Biographical Articles in History Journals
Pamela R. Byrne and Susan K. Kennell, editors. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 1988.
200 summaries of biographical articles originally indexed in America: History and Life on U.S. and Canadian business men and women: "entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, industrialists, railroad tycoons, land barons, traders, and carpetbaggers."
ALEXANDER HC102.5 .A2P46 1988; DANA HC102.5 .A2P46 1988

Biographical Dictionaries

Great American Business Leaders Database
"An effort to identify and chronicle the lives of 20th century men and women whose business leadership shaped the ways that people live, work, and interact." From the Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Business School. You can view data sorted by Name, Birthplace, Industry, Era, Gender, Ethnicity, or Education. Basic biographical information plus brief paragraph on role/significance. Access to full database available upon submission of a permission form.
American Business Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present
Neil A. Hamilton. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 1999. 2 vols.
1-3 page biographical essays with short bibliographies.
DANA REF. HC102.5 .A2H36 1999
Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders
John N. Ingham. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1983. 4 vols.
Biographical sketches with bibliographies of 1,159 "historically significant" American business leaders. Appendices index those profiled by industry, companies, birthplaces, principal business locations, religion, ethnic origin, years of birth, and gender.
ALEXANDER, DANA REF. HC102.5 .A2I53 1983
Contemporary American Business Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary
John N. Ingham and Lynne B. Feldman. New York, Greenwood Press, 1990.
116 fairly extensive biographical essays on individuals and families involved in the transformation of American business since World War II.
ALEXANDER HC102.5 .A2I534 1990; DANA, CARR REF. HC102.5 .A2I534 1990
American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries
Charles W. Carey, Jr. New York, Facts on File, 2002.
1-2 page biographical profiles of 280 17th through 20th century individuals who had an impact on American economic and business history.
CAMDEN REF. CT214 .C29 2002

Business Women

Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business
Virginia G. Drachman. Chapel Hill, N.C., University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Biographies, placed within a historical context, of forty notable women entrepreneurs, 1750 to 2000. Book developed in conjunction with a traveling exhibit organized by the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Portions of the exhibit are available online, as are some video vignettes with biographical commentary.
DOUGLASS HC102.5 .D73 2002
Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs: 1776 to the Present
Jeannette M. Oppedisano. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2000.
2-4 page biographical essays, with selected bibliography, on 120 American women who contributed to the nation's economy.
DOUGLASS HF3023 .A2064 2000
American Women Managers and Administrators: A Selective Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Leaders in Business, Education, and Government
Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1985.
ALEXANDER, DANA, DOUGLASS REF. HC102.5 .A2L37 1985

African-American Business Leaders

African-American Business Leaders: A Biographical Dictionary
John N. Ingham and Lynne B. Feldman. Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1994.
5-15 page profiles of 123 African-Americans who have had an impact on American economic and business life. Includes information taken from primary sources and information on individuals not included in other standard biographical works.
ALEXANDER, DANA REF HC102.5 .A2I52 1994
African-American Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs
Rachel Kranz. New York, Facts on File, 2004.
Over 150 biographical sketches from the colonial period to the present.
ALEXANDER, DANA REF HC102.5 .A2K73 2004

For a more extensive list of biographical resources for business and industry see the Business: Biographical Resources guide.

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