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The American National Biography is a 24 volume biographical encyclopedia set containing approximately 17,400 entries[1] and 20 million words.[2] It was published in 1999 (a supplement appeared in 2002) as, according to its preface in Volume 1, the successor to the Dictionary of American Biography which was first published between 1926 and 1937. The general editors of American National Biography were John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. It was published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies.[3] It is commonly available in the reference sections of United States libraries, and it is available online by subscription.



In 1999, the American Library Association awarded the American National Biography its prestigious Dartmouth Medal as a reference work of outstanding quality and significance. The American History Association's Waldo G. Leland Prize was awarded for 2001.

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