Free Online Books, Articles,
Maps & more
Site Map for
the Great Lakes Region
Each page below contains links to free
online resources for the history of the
Great Lakes Region until about 1860.
To see similar pages for the history of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, or Wisconsin, use the menu at the top of every page.
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 sales, the press, commerce, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining and logging.
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.
Maps & Gazetteers
Maps from the 1600s through the 1800s, including maps made by explorers and soldiers. Regional, state and local.
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.
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, 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.