Biography & History

For Chelmsford History, please see our Chelmsford History Resource Guide.

 

Featured Online Resources

America in World History

Explores the core historical events, trends, and personalities from U.S. history within the context of global history and international relations, using description, illustrations, maps, primary sources, a master timeline, and bibliographies for further research.


Biography In Context

Biographies from respected Gale Group sources with related full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to hand-picked web sites. Search for people, both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor. Who’s Who provides access to quick biographical reference information on more than 1 million additional people.


Encyclopedia of American Immigration (Salem History)

Online access to Salem Press’ Encyclopedia of American Immigration, covering the various cultures and significant individuals that immigrated to the US, and their impact after arriving. The Salem History database also searches Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions, and Milestone Documents in World History.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

A mix of more than 20 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science.


General Reference Center Gold

Full-text magazines, newspapers & reference books containing information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.


Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions (Salem History)

Online access to Salem Press’ Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions, offering in-depth biographical essays on important men and women inventors of all time, from around the world. The Salem History database also searches Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, and Milestone Documents in World History.


Massachusetts History Online

Use this collection for full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.


Milestone Documents in World History (Salem History)

Online access to Salem Press’ Milestone Documents in World History, which combines in-depth analysis with over 125 iconic primary source documents from ancient times to the present and from virtually every geographical region.


U.S. History In Context

Contextual information on hundreds of significant people, events and topics in U.S. History, from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


World History In Context

Information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History, from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


 

Print Biography Collection

Main Library, Lower Level
We have an extensive collection of adult biography books, at the call number Biog/ and arranged alphabetically by the last name of the person they are about. Also in this collection are large sets, such as notable scientists, notable women, North American biographies, etc.

Main Library, Main Level
The Children’s Room has a biography collection perfect for school projects or as an overview of a person. These are located in the Children’s Room at the call number J/Biog/ and are arranged alphabetically by the person they are about.

There are also biographies located in the Large Print Room. These are at the call number LP/Biog/ and are arranged alphabetically by the person they are about.