American Religious Biography

In addition to the resources mentioned elsewhere in this guide, consider using the following resources to find biographical sketches of individuals playing a role in the religious life in the United States.

The biographical sources mentioned below are only a small number of those available. For more information, contact a research librarian.


Dictionary of American Religious Biography [Ref. BL72 .B68 1993]

Religious Leaders of America: A Biographical Guide to Founders and Leaders of Religious Bodies, Churches, and Spiritual Groups in North America [Ref. BL72.M458 1999]


African American Lives [Ref. E185.96.A446 2004]

African American Religious Leaders [Ref. BL72.A27 2003]

Biographical Dictionary of American Cult and Sect Leaders [Ref. BL2525.M447 1986]

Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions [Ref. BV3700.B56 1998]

Biographical Directory of Negro Ministers [Ref. BR563.N4 W5 1975]

Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia [Ref. E185.86.B542 1993]

Dictionary of American Catholic Biography [Ref BX4670.D45 1984]

Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion [Ref BL2525.B45 1998]

Dictionary of Christianity in America [Ref. BR515.D53 1990]

Encyclopedia of Religion in the South [Ref. BR535.E52 1984]

Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics [Ref. BL2525.E52 1999]

Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics [Ref. BL2525.D58 2003]

International Dictionary of Pentecostal Charismatic Movements [Ref. BR1644.D53 2002]

Orthodox Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook [Ref. BM750.S395 1996]

Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook [Ref. BM750.N33 1988]

Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook [Ref. BM750.R39 1993]

The Religious Right: A Reference Handbook [Ref. BR526.U88 2001]

Twentieth-Century Shapers of American Popular Religion [Ref. BL 2525.T84 1989]