History of the
Great Lakes States
Free Books Online for
the History of the
Great Lakes Region
and the States created there:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin
Each button opens a webpage of resources for a State or the Great Lakes region.
Biographies and Memoirs
Books and articles on the lives of famous Americans, political leaders, pioneers etc. Also first-person accounts of everyday life and historic events.
Books and articles about literature, education, theater, fine arts, journalism, recreation, and architecture.
Documents & Collections
Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions.
Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, court records, etc.
Books and articles about business, work, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging etc.
Explorers & Travelers
Books about and acccounts of journeys and voyages by explorers, travelers, missionaries and soldiers.
Books and articles meant as comprehensive histories of a state or region.
Life of Abraham Lincoln. Biographies, novels; his written works and speeches.
Books and articles about towns, cities, counties, and regions.
Websites with collections of city and county histories.
Maps & Gazetteers
Maps from the 1600s through the early 1900s, and links to online historical map collections. Gazetteers, or geographical directories.
Books and articles about American Indian history, tribes, culture and conflict.
Books and articles about shipping on the Great Lakes and rivers.
Politics & Government
Books and articles about territorial governments, state and local governments, political parties, state constitutions, statehood, and legislation.
Books and articles about denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, and religious activities.
Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.
Books and articles about everyday life, women in history, crime, ethnic groups, slavery and anti-slavery, black history, immigrants, utopian communities, and social issues.
War & Military
Books and articles about wars in the Great Lakes region and other U.S. wars. Conflict with Native Americans; military actions other than in wars.
Works about forts and posts, military operations and military life.