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About Century Past – The Free Online Books & Articles Site

Century Past has 3 digital collections, with links to many thousands of books, magazines, articles, maps, podcasts and images. They are all organized for browsing by subject. These digitized materials are hosted by reputable websites such as the Internet Archive, HathiTrust and Google Books, and they’re legally free to use.

The 1st collection, Century Past Library, has fiction books in many genres, and nonfiction books on numerous subjects. History is the biggest subject here, with sections for the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Most subject sections – History and others – begin with ‘Collection’ entries. Each of these provides a group of books on a single subject – often in the hundreds – at the Internet Archive. The remaining entries in a section are for individual books.

Periodicals: The Magazines’ pages at Century Past Library have the archives of over 170 magazine titles, sometimes including issues from the current year. We also have a ‘Newspapers‘ page with current online newspapers and newspaper archives, in the U.S. and several other countries.

The 2nd collection, Century Past Articles & Collections, currently has about 50 subject pages with collected articles from newspapers and popular magazines. Also here are podcasts and videos. The ‘Digital Collections’ section at Articles & Collections holds links to large online collections of photos, maps, and other kinds of images. Over half of Articles & Collections subject pages are history-related.

The 3rd collection, History of the Great Lakes States, is concerned with five states around the U.S. Great Lakes. This collection has 90+ pages with books & articles on many topics for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and for the entire Great Lakes region. Most books and articles are non-fiction, but we also have a page of fiction set in each state, and pages for maps, periodicals, and documents.

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About the Site Owner

My name is Ted Lienhart, and I’m a retired foreign service officer with an M.A. in history. I’ve lived in many places, but my roots are in Michigan and Wisconsin. I have a long-standing interest in books and libraries, and I created this online library for readers around the world.

2 thoughts on “About Century Past – The Free Online Books & Articles Site”

  1. You deserve nobel price. You have done a great service to the world of books and knowledge?
    I am an ninety year o!d Indian but by this effort of yours, you have made my life worth living due to the gift books to rad you have given money

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