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The Great Lakes States Past & Present – Library of Free Books & Articles

The Great Lakes States Past & Present

The Great Lakes States Past & Present

This large collection of links is spread over 90 webpages, and covers the U.S. States of Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois & Indiana. We have thousands of free online books & articles, plus collections of maps, documents and periodicals. Below are links to all pages.

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A Brief History of the Old Northwest, or the Great Lakes region

Biographies & Memoirs

Books and articles on the lives of famous Americans, political leaders, pioneers etc. Also Memoirs.

The Century Past Home Page describes all our free online collections

Cities & Places

Books and articles about towns, cities, counties, and regions. Websites with collections of city and county histories.


Books and articles about literature, education, sports, theater, fine arts, crafts, journalism, recreation, and architecture.

Documents (Vintage)

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, economic conditions, work, workers’ organizations, railroads, roads, shipping, farming, manufacturing, banking, medicine, mining, logging, etc.

Government & Politics

Books and articles about territorial governments, state and local governments, political parties, state constitutions, statehood, and legislation.


Books and articles meant as histories of a state or region. Works not classified in other categories.

See our Guide for Finding History Books on Century Past

Journals, Vintage Periodicals

History journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

Maps (Vintage)

Maps from the 1600s through the early 1900s, and links to online historical map collections. Gazetteers, or geographical directories.

Military History

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.

Native Americans

Books and articles about American Indian history, tribes & culture.


Novels, short stories and poetry set in the states or region or written by local authors.


Books and articles about denominations and churches, religious movements, missionaries.


Books and articles about everyday life, women, crime, ethnic groups, slavery and anti-slavery, African American history, immigrants, utopian communities, and social issues.

Travel & Explorers

Journeys and voyages by historical explorers and travelers. Modern travel guides.

Abraham Lincoln

Life of Abraham Lincoln. Biographies, novels; his written works and speeches.

Ships and Boats

Books and articles about shipping on the Great Lakes and rivers.

Pioneer Guides

Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.

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