The "DNB"

        Originally edited by Virginia (Stephen) Woolf's father, and brought to press by his friend and fellow Shakespearian, Sir Sidney Lee, The Dictionary of National Biography enlisted scholars to write definitive, accurate, and balanced biographical notes about persons who had found their way into print, especially authors, politicians, and others noticed by historians.  Unlike Burke's Peerage, the DNB covers middle class people, and even a few working class people whose historical impact had made the noteworthy.  In addition to the Main Collection's copies, Special Collections has a complete set on the wall to the left of the vault doors.

Title The dictionary of national biography : from the earliest times to 1900 / founded in 1882 by George Smith ; edited by Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee
Pub. Info. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1973
 Main Collection  920.42 D55  v.1  AVAILABLE
 Main Collection  920.42 D55  v.2  AVAILABLE
 Main Collection  920.42 D55  v.3  AVAILABLE
 Main Collection  920.42 D55  v.4  AVAILABLE
 Main Collection  920.42 D55  v.5  AVAILABLE
Descript 22 v. ; 24 cm
Note First published 1885-1901 in 66 volumes
  Vol. 22 "Supplement."
  "Published since 1917 by the Oxford University Press."
LC SUBJ HDG Great Britain -- Biography
Alt Author Smith, George, 1824-1901
  Stephen, Leslie, Sir, 1832-1904
  Lee, Sidney, Sir, 1859-1926