Dictionary of Canadian Biography
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (DCB, French: Dictionnaire biographique du Canada DBC) is a Canadian national biography . It has been created since 1959 as a joint effort by the University of Toronto and Laval University in English and French, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada .
So far, 15 volumes with over 8400 biographies have been published. It includes people who died between 1000 and 1930. The online version also contains a small number of biographies of people who lived up to the year 2000. The articles have exactly the same content or are exact translations in both languages. Each new volume is released in both languages at the same time.
The first volume appeared in 1966 and contained 594 biographies of people who lived between 1000 and 1700. The length of the articles ranges from 200 to a maximum of 10,000 words. A version on CD-ROM appeared for the first time in 2000, and an online version has existed since 2003. Volume 15 was published in 2005, as of 2020 Volume 16 is in preparation. There people are described who died between 1931 and 1940; When it comes out, the DCB will contain over 10,000 biographies. Numerous biographies from Volume 16 are already available online.
The English Wikipedia lists all entries in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at the bottom of the Lemma page.
- Access to the database (either English or French)