History of the Great Lakes StatesIndiana History, Illinois History, Ohio History, Michigan History, Wisconsin History
Links to Free Online Books and other Historical Materials in the Public Domain
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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, 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.
River and canal transport, railroads, roads, agriculture, land surveys, land sales, the press, commerce, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging, and steamboats.
Explorers & Travelers
Accounts of overland journeys or river and 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, or stories set by authors in time periods prior to their own.
Books and articles by historians, covering the era from French colonization in the 17th century until the middle of the 19th century.
Life of Abraham Lincoln prior to his presidency. Biographies, autobiography, his writings and speeches, novels and histories about Lincoln.
Histories of townships, villages, cities, counties, and regions.
Maps & Gazetteers
Maps – 17th through 19th century – regional, state and local. Maps of exploration, military operations, transportation, and land surveys.
American Indian culture, customs, and conflict. Interaction with settlers, and with U.S. and state governments.
History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.
Politics & Government
Territorial, state and local government, political parties, state constitutions, and legislation.
Denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, French Jesuit explorers, 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, Indian warfare, forts and posts, military operations, and military life.
Indiana History, Illinois History, Ohio History, Michigan History, Wisconsin History