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Title page of first volume in 1875
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The volumes of the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie.

Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie ("German: Universal German Biography) is one of the most important and most comprehensive biographical reference works in the "German language.[1]

It was published by the Historical Commission of the "Bavarian Academy of Sciences between 1875 and 1912 in 56 volumes, printed in "Leipzig by Duncker & Humblot. The ADB contains biographies of about 26,500 people who died before 1900 and lived in the German language "Sprachraum of their time, including people from the Netherlands before 1648.[1]

Its successor, the "Neue Deutsche Biographie, was started in 1953 and is planned to be ready in 2019.[1]

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