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Biographical Resources

The collections of Indiana University Bloomington Libraries contain thousands of resources for biographical information. Some sources are general, and some are specific to a country or geographic area, ethnic group, historic era, profession, activity or trade. Newspapers may record incidents in a person's life, depending on their prominence, and at the end of it supply an obituary. Periodicals may include profiles of individuals and like newspapers note their contributions. Census records provide more primary information, and images and videos give added visual impact.

A search of IUCAT will yield biographies of individuals or groups, print and electronic.


RANKIN, JEANNETTE, a Representative from Montana; born near Missoula, Missoula County, Mont., June 11, 1880; attended the public schools and graduated from the University of Montana at Missoula in 1902; student at the School of Philanthropy, New York City, in 1908 and 1909; social worker in Seattle, Wash., in 1909; engaged in promoting the cause of woman suffrage in the state of Washington in 1910, in California in 1911, and in Montana 1912-1914; visited New Zealand in 1915 and worked as a seamstress in order to gain personal knowledge of social conditions; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1917-March 4, 1919); was the first woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives;did not seek renomination in 1918, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Senator; was also an unsuccessful candidate on an independent ticket for election to the United States Senate; engaged in social work; elected to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); was not a candidate for renomination in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; resumed lecturing and ranching; member, National Consumers League; field worker, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; member, National Council for Prevention of War; remained leader and lobbyist for peace and women's rights until her death in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., May 18, 1973; cremated; ashes scattered on ocean, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Harriet Tubman

Exhibition Label Born Dorchester County, Maryland Born into slavery as Araminta Ross, Harriet Tubman rebelled against servitude from her earliest years, running away as early as age seven. At fifteen, she defied an overseer and was nearly killed when he gave her a "stunning blow to the head." Although the effects of the blow stayed with her throughout her life, Tubman marshaled her resolve and nurtured her anger. In 1844 she married a freedman, John Tubman, and in 1849 she escaped to Philadelphia, discarding her slave name for her mother’s name, Harriet. Tubman became an active "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, guiding escaping slaves to freedom. She made nineteen recorded trips out of the South and was reputed never to have lost a soul. Tubman was active throughout the abolitionist movement and conspired with John Brown about raiding the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, although she did not participate.