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Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

North America's Great Lakes region has been an important shipping and transportation route for centuries. With the archival resource Historical Collections of the Great Lakes (HCGL), Bowling Green State University Libraries provides access to a number of primary source documents relating to the Great Lakes. Here, interested readers will find databases for Great Lakes vessels, ports, and people, all of which can be searched and browsed to yield a wide range of historical information dating from as early as the eighteenth century up through our current decade. For example, by selecting Cleveland in the ports database, nearly 150 online images of vessels, shipyards, lighthouses, and other structures in and near that port are displayed. Searching the vessels database for the Eastland (of Chicago's infamous Eastland disaster) brings up the ship's official registry number, physical measurements, vessel history, and a photograph. While the HGCL's eye-poppingly orange design may initially be somewhat off-putting, its content makes up for the resource's aesthetics and those interested in Great Lakes maritime history should pay it a visit.
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Date of Scout Publication
August 17th, 2018
Date Of Record Creation
August 14th, 2018 at 2:12pm
Date Of Record Release
August 15th, 2018 at 1:22pm
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