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


Page Directory

Every button opens a unique page 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.


Cultural History

Books and articles about literature, education, theater, fine arts, journalism, recreation, and architecture.


History of the Great Lakes States

Documents & Collections

Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions.

Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, court records, etc.


Economic History

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.



Novels, short stories and poetry. Historical fiction.


History of the Great Lakes States

General History

Books and articles meant as comprehensive histories of a state or region.


Abraham Lincoln

Life of Abraham Lincoln. Biographies, novels; his written works and speeches.


Local History

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.


Native Americans

Books and articles about American Indian history, tribes, culture and conflict.



Books and articles about shipping on the Great Lakes and rivers.



History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.


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.


Settlers Guides

Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.


History of the Great Lakes States

Social History

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.



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One thought on “History of the Great Lakes States

  • Mama K.

    Wow! What a terrific site! Thanks so much for gathering all of this information! It will be a great blessing to many historical re-enactors and living history enthusiasts. . . I’ll pass on the word!