Jews in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

This paper is designed to give an overview of the coverage of the Anglo Jewish community in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB).’ In September 2004 the sixty-volume ODNB was published with great publicity, containing no fewer than 54,922 biographies of significant Britons (and of others overseas with a salient connection to Britain) from ancient times to those deceased by 31 December 2000. Written by over 12,000 different contributors, it substantially revises and updates the first Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), the great reference work origi nally published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and revised regularly with supplementary volumes, the last of which covered prominent British persons deceased in 1991-6. The ODNB contains over 16,000 more biographical entries than the old DNB and its supplements.

The ODNB is available in two different forms, as an impressive sixty volume work and in an on-line edition. The printed

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