In the library catalogs try the following subject headings to locate either individual or collective biographies about city planners. To find contemporary biographies, see the author descriptions that often accompany journal articles and books.
[personal name: last name, first name]
Autobiography: f pn [personal name] and tw autobiography
City planners -- [place name] -- Biography
City planners -- [place name] -- History
City planners -- Bibliography
City planners -- Correspondence
City planners -- Interviews
Regional planners -- [place name] -- Biography
Women city planners -- [place name] -- Biography
Modify these searches with the addition of descriptive terms (subheadings). The following subheadings may be especially useful:
In addition to titles listed here, visit Biographical Sources for a list of links to full-text biographical sources on the web.
Biographies may be found in journal and newspaper articles. In addition to the indexes listed here, some newspapers are available full-text on the web; information regarding archives of older issues is sometimes available at these sites. See News Databases for a list of links to online full-text local and international newspapers.
To boost your article retrieval skills, make a Research Advisory appointment. See also City Planning Indexes & Abstracts for a more complete list of journal article indexes. For more indexes and databases see the complete list of A-Z databases
Obituaries frequently include synopses of an individual's professional life and contributions and often appear in newspapers. See Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles in this guide for useful sources.
Pioneers in British planning, Gordon E. Cherry, ed. London: Architectural Press, 1981
Urban America: documenting the planners. Catalog of an exhibition at the John M. Olin Library, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York, October 21-December 31, 1985. Elaine D. Engst and H. Thomas Hickerson, comps. Ithaca, N.Y.: Dept. of Manuscripts and Univ. Archives, Cornell Univ. Libraries, 1985. Catalog includes images and biographical texts.