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Politics of Biography
Popular Culture / American Culture Associations (2004)
  • Don J. Welsh, College of William and Mary
This paper will examine the political and economic considerations of inclusion in a popular biographical source.  In almost thirty years in reference service in public and academic libraries, the author has often found it difficult to find biographical information on certain underrepresented groups.  In older volumes, it was African-Americans and other racial groups which were most often overlooked.  While progress has been made in that area, other social groups such as “blue collar heroes” (such as country music personalities and NASCAR drivers) are still underrepresented.  This paper will present the results of a content analysis of over 40 years of a popular biographical source documenting the issues affecting inclusion. 
  • biography,
  • popular culture
Publication Date
April, 2004
Citation Information
Don J. Welsh. "Politics of Biography" Popular Culture / American Culture Associations (2004)
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