Archive for Biography

Hudson’s Bay Company Employee Records

The HBC is a unique enterprise, spanning the centuries until the present day. At times, it was an entity unto itself, almost a sovereign country. Being a business, detailed records were kept, among them biographies of its employees. Where possible, these records include parish of birth, birth date, death date, appointments, positions and postings, date of entering service, names of wife/wives and child(ren), and annotations if available. Additional information (including by-laws, correspondence, and other primary source material) on the company can be found here; maps of its numerous posts can also be consulted online. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography presents fuller life stories on some of these HBC worthies.

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2016 Olympians from New Jersey

There are thirty-eight athletes from New Jersey at this year’s summer games;  biographical profiles on eight of them are online. Pictures and brief profiles of all of them can be accessed online as well.

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2016 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

The lists are here with each person being profiled in a short biography/tribute.

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Congressional Directory, 114th Congress

This contains a profile, district description, office address, chief of staff of every Congressperson. In addition, biographies of Federal justices and descriptions of non-Congressional offices, and committee assignments are also included.

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Eugene V Debs

Five-time candidate for U.S. President, tireless advocate for the laborer, jailed for his convictions,  union leader, letter writer extraordinaire, Eugene V Debs casts a giant shadow from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era. His influence resonates in this day and age – Senator Bernie Sanders is a great admirer of Debs; so much so that he wrote and directed a 1979 documentary about the union leader.

There is a great deal of primary source information available on Debs. The Debs Collection at Indiana State University contains a plethora of source material: summaries of over 5200 letters written to and by Debs; a very large selection of pamphlets, many of them digitized; photos of Debs; and access to National Archives records pertaining to Debs.

Many of his writings can be found online, including some of his speeches as well as appreciations of him. The Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive also allows access to speeches and articles by Debs; it is another worthwhile place to investigate. The Eugene V. Debs Foundation has many photos of Debs taken at various stages of his life and provides a virtual tour of his house; the house, by the way, is designated as a National Historic Landmark. In addition, Chronicling America from the Library of Congress has thousands of newspaper articles on him; here are hundreds on him from The Labor World alone.

Secondary information can be found at: Eugene V. Debs, Presidential Contender (C-SPAN); Eugene Debs (PBS); Eugene V. Debs (History Today); Eugene V. Debs (Encyclopedia Britannica); and Fellow Worker Eugene V Debs (Industrial Workers of the World).

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Online Reference Guide to African American History

This site, guided by an academic board of advisers, presents a plethora of high-quality entries. From a biographical encyclopedia (the articles contain links) to primary sources to major speeches, this online guide is a valuable resource spanning centuries of history. The interface is easy to use, the data is up-to-date (including 2015 speeches by President Obama), and information is presented on both the famous as well as not-so-famous figures in African American history. There are so many additional features accompanying this site that all we can say is dive in and lose yourself!

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Who Are the FIFA Officials Indicted and the Full Text Document of Indictments

Here are profiles of the FIFA (“World Soccer”) officials named in the 47-count indictment (for racketeering conspiracy and corruption) handed down this morning. In addition the Attorney General of Switzerland has its own separate ongoing investigation on suspicions of criminal mismanagement and money laundering.

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