History of Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin
& the U.S. Great Lakes Region
Free Online Books, Articles & Maps
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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.
Books and articles about literature, education, theater, fine arts, journalism, recreation, and architecture.
Documents & Collections
Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions.
Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, court records, etc.
Books and articles about business, work, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging etc.
Explorers & Travelers
Books about and accounts of journeys and voyages by explorers, travelers, missionaries and soldiers.
Novels, short stories and poetry. Historical fiction.
Books and articles meant as histories of a state or region. Works not classified in other categories.
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.
Books and articles about American Indian history, tribes, culture and conflict.
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.
Books and articles about everyday life, women, crime, ethnic groups, slavery and anti-slavery, African American 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.
Life of Abraham Lincoln. Biographies, novels; his written works and speeches.
History of Ships and Boats on the Great Lakes
Books and articles about shipping on the Great Lakes and rivers.
Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.