Biographical and Documentary Research Bookshelf

Biographical and Documentary Research Bookshelf

For those SIG members who wish to learn more about biographical and documentary research theory, these bookshelves have been compiled to assist your research. Please know that this is not a listing of a biographical and documentary research theory canon or the great books of biographical and documentary research theory. These are works that have proven quite helpful to SIG members.

Biographical Research Theory Bookshelf

Alpern, S., J. Antler, E. I. Perry, & Scobie, I. W. (Eds.) (1992). The Challenge of Feminist Biography. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.

Ascher, C., DeSalvo, L., & Ruddick, S. (Eds.) (1984). Between Women. Boston: Beacon Press.

Backscheider, P.  R.  (2001).  Reflections on Biography.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Batchelor, J. (Ed.) (1995). The Art of Literary Biography. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Bateson, M. C. (1989) Composing a Life. New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press.

Bowen, C. D. (1959). Adventures of a Biographer. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co.

Bowen, C. D. (1968). Biography. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co.

Clifford, J. L. (1970). From Puzzles to Portraits: Problems of a Literary Biographer. Chapel Hill: UNC Press.

Denzin, N. (1989). Interpretive Biography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Edel, L. (1959). Writing Lives: Principia Biographica. New York: W. W. Norton.

Epstein, W. (Ed.) (1991). Contesting the Subject. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Garraty, J. (1957). The Nature of Biography. New York: Knopf.

Goodson, I. F. & Walker, R. (1991). Biography, Identity and Schooling. London: Falmer Press.

Hamilton, N. (2008). How to Do Biography: A Primer. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Heilbrun, C. G. (1988). Writing a Woman’s Life. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.

Holmes, R. (2000). Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer. New York:  Pantheon

Holroyd, M. (2002). Works on Paper: The Craft of Biographer and Autobiography. Washington, DC: Counterpoint.

Iles, T. (Ed.) (1992). All Sides of the Subject: Women and Biography. New York: Teachers College Press.

Josselson, R. & Lieblich, A. (Eds.) (1993). The Narrative Study of Lives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Kendall, P. M. (1965/1986). The Art of Biography. New York: W.W. Norton.

Kridel, C. (Ed.) (1998). Writing Educational Biography. New York: Garland.

Langness, L. & Frank, G. (1981). Lives: An Anthropological Approach to Biography. Novato, CA: Chandler & Sharp Publishers, Inc.

Lomask, M. (1986). The Biographer’s Craft. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers.

Mariani, P. (1984). A Usable Past. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Oates, S. B. (Ed.) (1986). Biography as High Adventure. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Oates, S. B. (1991). Biography as History. Waco, Texas: Mankham Press Fund.

Pachter, M. (Ed.) (1981). Telling Lives: The Biographer’s Art. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press.

Roberts, B. (2002). Biographical Research. London: Open University Press.

Rollyson, C. (1992). Biography: An Annotated Bibliography. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

Rollyson, C. (2005). A Higher Form of Cannibalism? Chicago: Ivan R. Dee.

Rollyson, C. (2008). Biography: A User’s Guide. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee.

Secrest, M. (2007). Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of her Subject. New York: Knopf.

Veninga, J. F. (1983). The Biographer’s Gift. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Wagner-Martin, L. (1994). Telling Women’s Lives: The New Biography. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.


Documentary Research Theory Bookshelf

Austin, T. & de Jong, W. (2008). Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives, New Practices. London: Open University Press.

Hill, M. R. (1993). Archival Strategies and Techniques. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Jackson, H. J. (2001). Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books. New Haven: Yale Univ Press.

LeClercq, A. W. (1993). Unpublished Materials: Libraries and Fair Use. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries.

McCulloch, G. (2004). Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Sciences. London: Routledge.

Nichols, B. (2001). Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Scott, J. P. (Ed.). (2006). Documentary Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.