18 October 2004

Donations fund purchase of Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for Library

What do Brian Glover, famous actor and Yorkshireman, and Amy Johnson, pioneering aviator of the 1930s, have in common?

Not much you might think, but they both studied at the University of Sheffield and both feature in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).

The Dictionary is an illustrated collection of 50,000 specially-written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain’s past, from the 4th century BC to the year 2000. Taking 12 years to complete, it involved 10,000 people in the production of a 60-volume book, and a website with over 100,000 pages. Many of the contributors are from this University.

If you are researching any remarkable person, from any walk of life, connected with the British Isles (excluding living people), this is the place to look for them.

The Library has been able to purchase the Dictionary through the generous gifts of Professor David Luscombe, recently retired from the Department of History, and the University’s Alumni Foundation, which administers donations from alumni and staff. Professor Luscombe donated his entire leaving collection so that the University could purchase the Dictionary.

To access the Dictionary, follow the link above.

Picture from Launch of ODNB