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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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 business, 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 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.
Books and articles about everyday life, women, crime, ethnic groups, slavery and anti-slavery, African American history, immigrants, utopian communities, and social issues.
Journeys and voyages by historical explorers and travelers. Modern travel guides.
Legislative acts, letters, official papers, treaties, and state constitutions. Collections of government documents, manuscripts, portraits, private papers, court records, etc.
Maps from the 1600s through the early 1900s, and links to online historical map collections. Gazetteers, or geographical directories.
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.
Hand-books and guides for prospective settlers, “Emigrants’ Guides”, and geographical descriptions.