Olympics: A Guide to Reference Sources
Bibliography: Biographical Directories and Results
- Black Olympian Medalists, by James A. Page; introduction
by Reynold S. O'Neal. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1991.
xxiii, 190 p.: ill. Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-176)
Not limited to African-Americans. This is an excellent
source for information which would otherwise be difficult to
LC call number: GV697.A1P284 1991
LC card number: 9046660
- The Black Olympians, 1904-1984: July 22, 1984 -January
15, 1985, [essay by Lonnie G. Bunch III and Louie Robinson]. Los
Angeles, Calif. (600 State Dr., Los Angeles 90037): California
Afro-American Museum, 1984. 82 p.: ill.
Published to accompany an exhibition (including film
footage and slides) that was an official Olympic Arts Festival
event produced in conjunction with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic
Games. As a history of African-American participation in the
Olympics, it stands on its own very well. It includes a bibliography
and index of athletes.
LC call number: GV721.5. B86
LC card number: 8471614
- The Complete Book of the Olympics, by David Wallechinsky.
1992 ed. Boston: Little, Brown,  xxviii, 763 p.: ill.
A useful publication, published since 1980, updated
editions issued every four years. Beginning in 1993, the title
split into two separate editions, corresponding to the staggered
schedule of the winter and summer games. A volume for the summer
games is expected in advance of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Arrangement is by event and includes top finishers, date of
event, world record, and record holder at time of event (when
applicable), narrative descriptions of many of the contests.
LC call number: GV721.5.W25 1992
LC card number: 9113275
- The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics, by David
Wallechinsky. 1994 ed. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993. xx, 205 p.:
LC call number: GV841.5.W26 1993
LC card number: 9317631
- Lexikon der 14000 Olympioniken: Who's Who at the Olympics,
by Erich Kamper. [2., wesentlich erw. Aufl.] Graz: Leykam-Verlag,1983.
xxxv, 688 p.,  p. of plates: ill. Enl. ed. of: Lexikon der
12.000 [i.e. zwölftausend] Olympioniken, 1975. Prefatory
material and subheadings in English, French, and German.
Provides an alphabetical list of all Olympic medalists
with full names and dates if known. Other sections include medal
winners at summer and winter Olympics chronologically by event.
Includes discontinued events.
LC call number: GV721.8.K36 1983
LC card number: 83221042
- Quest for Gold: the Encyclopedia of American Olympians,
by Bill Mallon & Ian Buchanan with Jeffrey Tishman. New York:
Leisure Press, 1984. 495 p.: ill.
Biographical sketches of every U.S. medalist through
the 1976 summer games and 1980 winter games (the United States
boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics). Especially useful for lesser-known
athletes. Grouped by sport, within sport by gender. Has an index
and useful appendices that include records for age, number of
individual appearances, and medals won by sport and Olympiad.
LC call number: GV697.A1M275 1984
LC card number: 84-966