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Biographical Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Grolier Library of International Biographies
Call Number: 920 GRO
Provides biographies for international figures, including activists, explorers and artists.

Grolier Library of North American Biographies
Call Number: 920 GRO (Juvenile Reference)

Who Was When?
Call Number: 902.02 DEF
Search for famous and notable people from 500BC to 1975AD based on field of activity, such as literature, music, military or government.


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