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

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.

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Cultural History

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

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Documents & Collections

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

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

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Economic History

Books and articles about business, work, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging etc.

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Explorers & Travelers

Books about and acccounts of journeys and voyages by explorers, travelers, missionaries and soldiers.

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Fiction

Novels, short stories and poetry. Historical fiction.

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General History

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

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Abraham Lincoln

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

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Local History

Books and articles about towns, cities, counties, and regions.
Websites with collections of city and county histories.

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Maps & Gazetteers

Maps from the 1600s through the early 1900s, and links to online historical map collections. Gazetteers, or geographical directories.

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Native Americans

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

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Navigation

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

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Periodicals

History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

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Politics & Government

Books and articles about territorial governments, state and local governments, political parties, state constitutions, statehood, and legislation.

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Religion

Books and articles about denominations and churches, missionary efforts among Native Americans, and religious activities.

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Settlers Guides

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

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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.

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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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