New International Encyclopedia

Four books measuring over one foot (30 cm) in width

The New International Encyclopedia was an American encyclopedia first published in 1902 by Dodd, Mead and Company.[1] It descended from the International Cyclopaedia (1884) and was updated in 1906, 1914 and 1926.


The New International Encyclopedia was the successor of the International Cyclopaedia (1884).

Initially, the International Cyclopaedia was largely a reprint of Alden's Library of Universal Knowledge, which was a reprint of the British Chambers's Encyclopaedia with American additions (including many biographical entries for Americans).

The local Cyclopaedia was much improved by editors Harry Thurston Peck and Selim Peabody. The title was changed to New International Encyclopedia in 1902, with editors Harry Thurston Peck, Daniel Coit Gilman, and Frank Moore Colby.

In 1906 the New International Encyclopedia was expanded from 17 volumes to 20. The 2nd edition appeared in 1914 in 24 volumes, set up from new type and thoroughly revised. It was very strong in biography.[2]

The 1926 material was printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by The University Press. Boston Bookbinding Company of Cambridge produced the covers. Thirteen books enclosing twenty-three volumes comprise the encyclopedia, which includes a supplement after Volume 23. Each book contains about 1600 pages.[3]


A great deal of biographic material is recorded in the New International Encyclopedia. An early description of Adolf Hitler and his activities from 1920 to 1924 is in the supplement to the 1926 edition. Many of the names used to describe the scientific identities of plants and animals are now obsolete.

Numerous colorful maps which display the nations, states, colonies, and protectorates which existed early in the twentieth century are included. The maps are valuable for their depictions of national and colonial borders in Europe, Asia, and Africa at the time of World War I. Drawings, illustrations, and photographs are plentiful.

Contributors and office editors

More than 500 men, and some women, submitted and composed the information contained in the New International Encyclopedia.

Editors of the First Edition
Editors of the Second Edition


  1. New International Encyclopedia
  2. "Encyclopedias," in The Encyclopedia Americana, (1988) Volume 10, Page 333
  3. Bessie Graham, Bookman's manual (1928) - Page 28
Gilman, Daniel Coit; Peck, Harry Thurston; Colby, Frank Moore, eds. (1905). New International Encyclopedia. New York: Dodd, Mead. 
volEditionInternet ArchiveWikisource (incomplete) Year From   To Notes
11stIA 1 WS 1 1905 A    Aristogoras
21stIA 2 WS 2 1905 Aristarchus    Bessières
31stIA 3WS 3 1905 Bessus    Cairns
41stIA 4 WS 4 1905 Cairo    Classification of Ships
51stIA 5 WS 5 1905 Classis    Da Vinci
61stIA 6 WS 6 1905 Davioud    Ellery
71stIA 7 WS 7 1905 Ellesmere    Fontanel
81st Not available WS 8 1903 Fontanes    Goethe Alternatives
Google Books:
  • GB 8 (this volume is not universally accessible).

1903 edition, from the Ontario Council of University Libraries digitized in 2009, in the Internet Archive:

91stIA 9 WS 9 1905 Goethite    Heritable Jurisdictions
101stIA 10 WS 10 1905 Herjulfson    Ishpeming
111stIA 11 WS 11 1905 Ishtar    Latitudinarians
121stIA 12 WS 12 1905 Latium    Manna
131stIA 13 WS 13 1905 Manna-Croup    Morganitic Marriage
141stIA 14 WS 14 1905 Morgan City    Omul
151stIA 15 WS 15 1905 Ona    Pickering The Internet Archive edition is missing pp. 6-7, but see the 1906 volume for the first edition at Google Books, which appears to be about the same thing, and does have these pages.
161stIA 16 WS 16 1905 Pickersgill    Reid
171stIA 17 WS 17 1905 Reifferscheid    Servian Wall
181stIA 18 WS 18 1905 Service-berry    Tagus
191stIA 19 WS 19 1905 Taharka    Vampire
201stIA 20 WS 20 1905 Van    Zyrians
New International Encyclopedia (incomplete)
Volume EditionYearcopyright lastFrom   To
Volume 3 2nd 1928 [1924] Bazaine  Brock
Volume 4 2nd 1928 [1924] Brockelmann  Chaeremon
Volume 5 2nd 1914 Chæronia  Consuelo
Volume 6 2nd 1928 Consul  Didymograptus
Volume 8 2nd [1922] Enteritis  Foraker
Volume 10 2nd 1928 [1922] Glacial  Havre de Grace
Volume 12 2nd 1915 Imaginary  Jouy
Volume 13 2nd 1915 [1915] Jovanovich  Leprohon
Volume 17 2nd 1916 Newfoundland  Panjab
Volume 18 2nd 1916   
Volume 20 2nd 1916 [1916] Riggs  Shilluck
Volume 21 2nd 1916 Shiloh  Tarsus
Volume 22 2nd 1916 Tartaglia  Valiant
Volume 24 Sup 1930 1930 Abbe  Lyons
Volume 25 Sup 1930 [1930]Municipal  Zweig
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