Talk:Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900

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Dictionary of National Biography Project
Work: Dictionary of National Biography

Information about this edition
Source: (see below)
Contributor(s): Wikisource:WikiProject DNB
Level of progress: Wikisource:WikiProject DNB/Progress


The sources for the original 63 volumes are available as scanned images at and have been uploaded to wikisource:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

61 62 63

Linking to these articles[edit]

  • In Wikipedia articles:
    • {{DNB}} to create a proper attribution link when text is copied into WP from here.
    • {{Cite DNB}} to cite the Wikisource article as a reference.
    • {{DNB Poster}} (deprecated) to simply add the wikisource article as an additional external link.
  • From Wikisource author pages: Use {{DNB Link}} to link a single article: this gives a full reference. For bulleted lists of articles use {{DNB lkpl}} to create links that are "plain" (i.e. they do not repeat the full reference).

DNB Wikisource layout[edit]

I'm arbitrarily copying the EB1911 layout. It may not be perfect for the DNB but it's a fairly good match and it's a lot easier than starting from scratch. Please feel free to change it as you see fit, or discuss it. With the exception of this comment, please use this talk page to discuss the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 main page itself, and use Wikisource talk:WikiProject DNB to discuss the project in general, Unless we decide differently.We will attempt to capture project guidelines and policy at Wikisource:WikiProject DNB -Arch dude (talk) 15:28, 23 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi, I was just taking a look at the pages to be proofread, and the quantity of the work to be done. What are the prospects of completing the proofreading project here on Wikisource? Distributed Proofreaders, as some of you will know, is dedicated to this sort of work. It presents a scanned side along with OCR-generated text for people to proofread, and this is done on a page-by-page basis. There are several rounds of proofreading and formatting, before the whole volume is complete. The system is quite robust and produces accurate and formatted texts. Similar large-scale projects on DP include proofreading 1911 Britannica. Although DP has official ties with Project Gutenberg, would anyone here support pooling efforts with DP users to get through this large and important work? Has anyone worked at Distributed Proofreaders before? --OldakQuill (talk) 19:42, 11 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikisource has a similar ability and we have scans from various sources and of various quality at Wikisource:WikiProject DNB/Djvu files and that is how some we have been undertaking some of the work. Our project Wikisource:WikiProject DNB allows users to free transcribe, or to proofread and transclude the text from the images. -- billinghurst (talk) 22:07, 11 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for that link. I had seen some Djvu files here previously, but I hadn't seen that coordination page and the information about embedded OCR text. --OldakQuill (talk) 03:09, 12 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

For Vol. 39, a series of pages is marked with # as proofread, but these are redirects to pages globbed together from several projects and non-projects, at least the few I have inspected. I think the DNB content should be extracted and copied to the current redirect pages. I am doing this for the EB1911 content where it hasn't been done already. I have also put together the templates w:Template:DNB Poster and w:Template:DNB Cite in Wikipedia for linking to the DNB material. I couldn't find anything to do this, and linking to these globbed pages, as is being done currently, seems rather sloppy to me. Bob Burkhardt (talk) 15:03, 27 April 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Donebillinghurst (talk) 06:36, 14 November 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Since I don't know how to do it without screwing up the templates and links and stuff, someone with a good grasp of and on Wikisource's formal side please change all instances where hyphens are incorrectly used in place of dashes (like, "1885-1900" is wrong, it should be "1885–1900"). Thanks – ὁ οἶστρος (talk) 13:30, 3 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

References in articles[edit]

Many articles have references, including this one:,_Richard_de_(DNB00)

In the page images, I have not found a list of references. Is there one? If so, I wonder whether they could be made accessible from articles.

I'm not quite sure what you are asking for. The DNB has both inline references, and endnotes. Charles Matthews (talk) 04:31, 16 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]