Thursday, September 23, 2004
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has just been published online. It contains biographic entries on some 50,000 dead Britons, plus a judicious smattering of dead colonials. In paper it comes to sixty volumes. It is one of the largest collaborative undertakings in the history of the humanities, with 10,000 contributors, including 1396 from the United States, 302 from Australia, 52 from Germany, 16 from India, and at least five from Saskatoon: Jim Miller, Warren Johnston, Larry Stewart, Chris Kent, and Gordon DesBrisay. The Saskatoon connection is even stronger, however, if we count (as we do indeed count) the contributinos of alumni Duncan Sutherland (BA hons, MA; Ph.D. Cambridge), now based in London, and Jared Sizer (BA hons; Ph.D. Cambridge) in Edinburgh. Click here to learn more about the ODNB, which is coming soon to a University of Saskatchewan Library near you.
Posted by Gordon DesBrisay at 5:37 PM