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Three Digital Collections in Indiana History

The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship at Indiana University-Purdue at Indianapolis offers 80 cultural heritage digital collections, among other things. Here are three of those cultural collections: Conner Prairie Historic Clothing Collection There are over 100 rotating 3-D images of items in the collection. You may browse the collection, or search it by garment …

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Major Online Document Collections

While most entries on History of the Great Lakes States are for individual books, articles or maps, we also have many large website collections of digitized documents. You may be interested in exploring a few of those collections listed below, which have resources related to the whole Great Lakes region or even larger parts of …

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Pioneers in Illinois Tell Their Stories

We have a number of books authored by people who were settlers or visitors in Illinois in the early 1800s, and who wrote about their experiences there. The list below doesn’t include all such books on History of the Great Lakes States, but it’s a good start. Illinois Biographies and Memoirs page Burlend, Rebecca, A …

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Foreign Visitors Interpret America 1800-1867

The books below were authored by foreign visitors to the U.S. They described what they saw, recorded their reactions, and collected information for friends or reading audiences back home. All the works cover, at least in part, travels in the region of the Great Lakes States. Books are grouped below in the decades in which …

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Pontiac’s War: Northern Forts Under Attack

As a boy I visited Fort Michilimackinac and learned how the Indians, playing a ball game next to the fort in 1763, used a ruse to get warriors inside the gate. They then attacked the British garrison and took the fort. This was just one of many similar attacks on British forts in the region …

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Books by 19th Century American Indian Authors

There are hundreds of public domain books and articles about Native Americans freely available online. Nearly all were published before 1923, as it is assumed that most books published since that date still have valid copyrights. Links are provided below for four books from the 1800s that were authored by Native Americans. Three of the …

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Memoirs by Three Pioneers

Here are memoirs of interest by three people who lived on the frontier in the Great Lakes region. Reminiscences of Adele Gratiot; Recollections of a Young Mother in the Lead Region, 1826-1841 Weekly Gazette May 2, 1879 Gratiot, Adele Galena Ill. Adele Gratiot was a young mother of 24 when she moved to southwestern Wisconsin …

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