Marquis Who’s Who Unveils Digitized Historical Biographies

May 25, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Marquis Who’s Who, America’s premier biographical publisher for over 100 years, today announced the addition of over 70,000 digitized historical biographies to its online database, Marquis Who’s Who on the Web.

The launch of this new online product — Who’s Who in American History — represents the first phase of a major digitization initiative that will provide a one-of-a-kind research database for library patrons, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers interested in learning about important and noteworthy people from America’s past.

“Marquis Who’s Who has always been synonymous with accurate and detailed biographical profiles,” said Gene McGovern, CEO of Marquis Who’s Who. “With the launch of Who’s Who in American History, we have taken this wealth of information off the bookshelves and into the 21st century. While maintaining the highest standards of quality, we can now offer our customers the added benefits of speed and searchability.”

A simple, intuitive search screen allows researchers to find people by name, occupation, historical era, birth and death information, or by using keyword searches to identify important figures associated with historical events, such as military battles, inventions, explorations, civil rights movements and more. Also available are collections of names under such categories as Firsts and Other Notables, U.S. Government and Law, and Historical Events.

With the addition of historical archives to its existing online database of over one million biographies, Marquis Who’s Who on the Web now encompasses over five centuries of inventors, explorers, colonists, abolitionists, important figures in government, the military, education, literature, business, medicine, and other fields. Famous individuals such as Christopher Columbus and Benjamin Franklin can be found, as well as lesser-known people throughout history who have made noteworthy contributions to society or to their specific fields.

“This is what makes Marquis Who’s Who truly unique,” said Fred Marks, Senior Managing Director. “It’s easy to surf the web to find information on famous people, but we have great biographies on tens of thousands of fascinating yet more obscure people from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s who are included because of the historically significant contributions they made. Professional and student researchers of American history should find this information very useful.”

The digitization initiative will be completed over the summer of 2005 as Marquis adds approximately 40,000 additional biographies to its online database.

To request a free trial or to learn about available discounts, contact Michael Noerr at 1-800-473-7020 (ext. 1044) or, or visit

About Marquis Who’s Who
Marquis Who’s Who is the premier publisher of biographical information used by thousands of public, academic and corporate libraries around the world. Marquis’ Who’s Who in America has remained the definitive biographical reference work since 1899, chronicling the lives and accomplishments of men and women in every field of endeavor. Together with its online database, Marquis Who’s Who on the Web, Marquis Who’s Who provides principal research tools for business people, students, journalists and others who depend on accurate biographical information. Marquis also publishes Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who of American Women, and several other titles. For more information, please visit