Monday, August 01, 2011

Look: Who's Who's back!

Having recently decided not to renew our subscription to Who's Who and Who Was Who we have now changed our minds in response to comments from some anguished users. So access is once again available from

Who's Who, published annually since 1849 and the first biographical book of its kind, contains over 33,000 short biographies, continually updated, of living noteworthy and influential individuals, from all walks of life, worldwide. Approximately one thousand new entries are added every year. Each biographee supplies the original information for their entry and is then sent an annual proof for updating. Editors also monitor the press and other sources of reference for day-to-day changes and additions.

In 1920 the first volume of Who Was Who was published, providing a wealth of material for researchers without easy access to the earlier individual volumes of Who's Who. This first edition was composed of the entries of those who had died between 1897 and 1915 with the date of death added to each. Subsequent volumes of Who Was Who cover the years from 1916 to 2005. Published originally at ten-year intervals, and now every five years, each new edition provides an opportunity for revision and correction where necessary, using many sources of reference. However, as no account is taken of the many changes that may have been made to an entry during a life, serious researchers may, on occasion, wish to consult the individual volumes of Whos Who to obtain a fuller picture. Who Was Who has proved invaluable in identifying not only those who shaped the events of their time but others, now forgotten, who were familiar names to the journalists and diarists who recorded the events of the day.

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