History of the
Great Lakes States
Free Online Library of Books & Resources for the Historic
Great Lakes Region
and the States created there:
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan & Wisconsin
Each button opens a State or Great Lakes Region page for a topic. Use the Menu at the top of the page to reach State Section Maps.
Biographies and Memoirs
Accounts of the lives of famous Americans, political leaders, heroes, pioneers and outlaws.
First-person accounts of everyday life and historic events.
Literature, education, theater, fine arts, the press, recreation, and architecture.
Documents & Collections
Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions.
Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, county court records, books, and newspapers.
Business, work, occupations, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, commerce, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging, and more.
Explorers & Travelers
Accounts of overland journeys, and river or lake voyages, by explorers, missionaries and travelers.
Novels, and some short stories and poetry. Stories by early 19th century local authors set in their own times. Historical fiction.
Books and articles covering the history of a state or region.
Life of Abraham Lincoln before he became president in 1861. Biographies and novels. His autobiography, speeches and writings.
Histories of towns and townships; cities, counties, and regions.
Maps & Gazetteers
Maps from the 1600s through the 1800s, including maps made by explorers and soldiers. Great Lakes State maps; Regional and local maps.
American Indian culture, customs, and conflict. Interaction with settlers, and with U.S. and state governments.
Shipping and Navigation on the Great Lakes, and on the rivers of the Great Lakes states.
Politics & Government
Territorial, state and local government, political parties, state constitutions, and legislation.
Denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, and religious activities.
Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.
Everyday life, women’s history, crime, ethnic groups, slavery, abolitionists, utopian communities, workers, and social issues.
War & Military
French & Indian war, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Campaigns.
Forts and posts, military operations, and military life.