Recommended websites and databases with biographical material on persons related to Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Based on the “German-Baltic Biographical Lexicon” by Olaf Welding.

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Baltic Biographical Lexicon digital

This database of Polish personal names has been built up by Dr. Rainer Berg since 1983 and today contains about 61,000 entries.

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Baza osób polskich i z Polską związanych

The lexicon contains biographies of Russian scientists and scholars, that lived in exile for various reason. The website also offers further bibliographical information about the listed persons.

Biographical Lexicon "Russian Academic Diaspora"

The biographical database "Biografický slovník" contains around 51,000 basic items of information on significant living and deceased persons in Czech history.

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Biograficky slovník českých zemí

In its four volumes, this biographical lexicon offers more than 1,500 named articles, while the register of persons included in volume IV provides a further 10,000 or so personal details. The temporal selection criterion is the significance of the individuals in the epochs from the Middle Ages to 1945.

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Biographical lexicon on the history of Southeast Europe

The Biographical Portal provides access to the following services via a common register:

  • Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815-1950 (ÖBL)
  • Biographical lexicon on the history of Southeast Europe (BioLexSOE)
  • Historical Dictionary of Switzerland (HLS)
  • New German Biography (NDB)
  • Österreichisches Musiklexikon (OeML)
  • People database of Rhineland-Palatinate (RPPD)
  • Saxon biography (SäBi)
  • Slovenian biography (SBL) (5,000 names)
  • Universal German Biography (ADB)

The spectrum of biographies covers all areas of public life such as politics, business and technology, science, art and culture. Chronologically, the offer ranges from antiquity to almost the present.

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Biographical Portal

Professor Erik Amburger's extensive personal archive contains data on almost 100,000 foreigners in the Russian Empire.

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Erik Amburger Database

The Croatian Biographical Lexicon is based on the print edition from 1983 onwards and is constantly updated. So far, 8 volumes (A-Li) including 11,423 articles and 3,873 illustrations have been published (as of October 2014).

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Hrvatski Biografski Leksikon

The "Online Polish Biographical Dictionary" is the Internet version of the Polish Biographical Dictionary "Polski Słownik Biograficzny" published by the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow since 1935. The online version contains articles and – via the link to (Polski Portal Biograficzny) – also media files on significant Polish historical figures. The period covered ranges from the 9th century to the year 2000.

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Internetowy Polski Słownik Biograficzny

Biographies of significant figures from Hungarian history, culture etc. in the period 1000-1990. The database ends with the year 1990.

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Magyar Eletrajzi Lexikon

The Austrian Biographical Lexicon 1815-1950 is an interdisciplinary and supranational encyclopaedia of important persons who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields through extraordinary achievements and who were born, lived or worked in the respective Austrian state federation (i.e. also in the former crown lands) and died between 1815 and 1950.

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Austrian Biographical Lexicon | Open Access Version

Austrian Biographical Lexicon | Premium version as pay-per-use licence (with significantly extended search options, e.g. full-text search in the articles)

beginning of the 21st century. Among others are included: Baltic Biographical Archive, Biographical Archive of the Soviet Union, Czech and Slovak Biographical Archive, Greek Biographical Archive, Hungarian Biographical Archive, Jewish Biographical Archive, Polish Biographical Archive, Russian Biographical Archive,  and Southeast European Biographical Archive (national licence).

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World Biographical Information System

This database contains short descriptions of selected personalities from politics, economy, science and culture of East Central Europe. The underlying materials – the so-called personal archive including around 200,000 dossiers – are part of the press clippings collection, which comprises about 5 million individual items.

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Central Register of Persons

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