Welcome to the American Biography Showcase

This course investigated the literature and lives of several key writers in mid-19thcentury America, with an emphasis on the genre and demands of biography. The final project asked students to identify a person in our archives, write a substantial biographical portrait of that person based on primary and secondary sources, and develop some form of digital scholarship to compliment the portrait. This site is dedicated to showcasing those portraits.

  • Use the menu links above to browse the site, or use the search function provided at the top left of the page to find specific authors, contributors, and items.
  • For the best experience, be sure to look through the exhibits. There you will find the individual sources organized and displayed in a showcase with captions and further information. Enjoy!

Recently Added Items

John A. Otte: Photograph in China

A photograph of Dr. John Abraham Otte while he was practicing medicine in China.see more

The Life of John J. Jackson

A biographical profile written about John J. Jackson by Courtney Fall.see more

John J. Jackson: Diary Scan

A .pdf containing scans of John J. Jackson's diary.see more