About Century Past – The Free Online Books & Articles Site


Century Past consists of three digital collections, with links to thousands of books, magazines, articles, maps, podcasts and images. They are all organized for browsing by subject. All these digitized materials are hosted by reputable websites, and they’re all free for you to use.

Part of our books are freely available because they’re old and no longer under copyright. However, many more books were published in the late 20th century and up to about 2010. These modern books are still under copyright, but they are hosted by the Internet Archive and can easily be ‘checked out’ from that site free, to read online or download.
 
The 1st collection, Century Past Library, has thousands of books on numerous subjects. History is our biggest subject, with large collections for the U.S., Europe, and some other regions. Most subject sections begin with ‘Collection’ entries; each entry providing a large group of books at the Internet Archive – often in the hundreds – for a particular subject. The remaining entries in any subject section are for individual books.

Also at Century Past Library are the archives of about 200 magazine titles, often including the most current issues. And we have a page for online newspapers and newspaper archives, in the U.S. and some other countries.  
 
Century Past Resources currently has about 50 subject pages; mostly containing articles from newspapers and popular magazines. Also here are podcasts and videos. The ‘Digital Collections’ section holds links to large online collections of photos, maps, and other kinds of images. The majority of subject pages at Century Past Resources are history-related.
 
History of the Great Lakes States is concerned with five states around the U.S. Great Lakes. This collection has 90+ pages with over 3,000 books & articles on many history topics for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and for the entire Great Lakes region. You’ll also find a fiction page here for each state, as well as pages for maps, periodicals, and documents.
 
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