A few of
the books below are fairly easy to find for sale on the Internet, but some, such
as the 1874 Ottawa County atlas, are practically impossible to obtain. Those in
print but not available in our Web store have links to their pages at amazon.com.
We have omitted most references to the Battle of Lake Erie because that would
require a separate bibliography larger than this one.
Walks and Rambles in Ohio's Western Reserve, 1996,
has a chapter on Middle Bass and a hiking map.
Alger, R.A., Survey of
Starve Island Reef (Letter from the Secretary of War), House Document
No. 103, 55th Congress, 1897.
Barr, Henry M. Lonz of
Middle Bass, Delmar Printing Co. (1982). See our reprint above (Item
Barr, Henry M. and Hines,
Phil. Middle Bass Island 1877-1977. (private printing) (1977). See
our reprint above (Item 7).
Bliss, E.F., ed., Diary of
David Zeisberger, a Moravian Missionary Among the Indians of Ohio, 2
vols., Cincinnati, 1885. Documents a month-long stay on the islands in 1786.
Island text included in Item 1 above.
Bowen, Dana. Lore of the
Lakes – Told in Story and Pictures. Freshwater Press (1940).
Bowen, Dana. Shipwrecks of
the Lakes. Freshwater Press (1952).
Burges, Tristam. Battle of
Lake Erie with Notices of Commodore Elliot’s Conduct in That Engagement.
Providence Brown & Cady (1839).
Courter, E. W. “Crystal
Cave – A Celestite Prodigy”. Lapidary Journal (July, 1974).
Delafield, Major Joseph.
The Unfortified Boundary. (private printing of diary from 1819-21)
(1943). Island text included in Item 2 above.
Dickson, Kenneth R., "Life
History of a Small Island", Inland Seas, Vol. 49 No. 2, Summer, 1993 -
subtitled "Green Island and the Manhattan Project".
Dobbins, Capt. W. W.,
History of the Battle of Lake Erie: Reminiscences of the Flagships
“Lawrence” and “Niagara”. Ashby Printing Co (1913).
Dodge, Robert J. Isolated
Splendor: Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island. Exposition Press (1975).
Downhower, Jerry F., ed.,
of the Island Region of Western Lake Erie, The,
Ohio State Univ. Press, 1988
Evans, Estwick, A
Pedestrious our, or Four Thousand Miles Through the Western States and
Territories, During the Winter and Spring of 1818, Joseph Spear,
Concord, NH, 1819. With details of a Visit to Perry's Cave in 1819.
Island text included in Item 1 above.
Hardesty, H. H. Illustrated
Historical Atlas of Ottawa County, Ohio. H. H. Hardesty (1874).
Island text included in Item 2 above. Maps not included
Hatcher, Harlan. Lake Erie.
Hennepin, Father Louis. A
New Discovery of a Vast Country in America. (reprinted from the second
London Edition of 1698). Coles (1974) (reprint of the 1903 reprint). Island
text summarized in item 1 above, but not completely reprinted.
Howe, Henry. Historical
Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes. Laning Printing (1898). Island
text included in Item 2 above.
Jaeger, Godfrey. Historical
Hand-Atlas Illustrated. (subtitled “General Survey of the World, History
of the United States, History of each State and Territory of the United
States, Outline Map and History of Ottawa County, Ohio”). Godfrey Jaeger &
Kissell, Jeff. Put-in-Bay –
The Construction of Perry’s Monument. Arcadia Publishing (2001).
Mackenzie, Alexander Slidell.
The Life of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Harper & Brothers (1841).
Martin, Jessie A.,
Beginnings and Tales of the Lake Erie Islands, The,
, Harlo, 1992
Martin, Jessie A., A
History and Some Tales of Kelley’s Island, T.S. Denison & Co (1975).
Mills, James Cooke. Oliver
Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie. John Phelps (1913).
Moore, John Bassett,
History and Digest of the International Arbitrations to Which the United
States Has Been a Party, Government Printing Office, 1898. Six Volumes.
Contains the Treaty of Ghent Survey Maps of the Lake Erie Islands in Vol. 6.
Island text and maps included in Item 1 above.
Nichols, G.. Nichols’ Handy
Guide Book to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley’s Island. I. F. Mack &
Bro (1888). See our reprint above (Item 8).
Pollard, James E. The
Journal of Jay Cooke or The Gibraltar Records, 1865-1905. Columbus
Prothero, Frank. The Good
Years – A History of the Commercial Fishing Industry on Lake Erie. Mika
Rhodes, Don. Legends of
Catawba. 2008. The history of the Catawba Cliffs area on Catawba Island.
Available only at the Ottawa County General Store on NW Catawba Road about half a mile from the
Miller Ferry on Catawba Island.
Ross, Harry H., Enchanting
Isles of Erie. (private printing) (1949).
Ryall, Lydia J. Sketches
and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands – Perry Centennial Edition 1813-1913.
American Publishers (1913). Complete reprint included as one section in "Lake Erie
Islands - Sketches and Stories" (Item 2) above
Saunders, Dr. Robert. The
Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s Role in one of the World’s Twenty Famous Naval
Battles, Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. J. Looker Ltd (1954).
Sherwood, Hon. Isaac R.,
Prognostics on Prohibition, Government Printing Office, 1919, speech in
the House of Representatives, with "A Plea for the Islanders of Lake Erie"
and a statement by George Lonz.
here for the full PDF on this site.
Simcoe, John Graves, The
Correspondence of Lieut. Governor John Graves Simcoe, with Allied Documents
Relating to His Administration of the Government of Upper Canada, Volume II,
1793-1794, Ontario Historical Society, 1924. Documenting a stay on the
Bass Islands in 1794. Island text included in Item 1 above.
Spencer, O.M. Indian
Captivity: A True Narrative of the Capture of the Rev. O.M. Spencer by the
Indians, G. Lane & P.P. Sanford, 1842. With details of a 1793 excursion
on Middle Bass Island. Island text included in Item 1 above.
Stuckey, Ronald L. Lost
Stories: Yesterday and Today at Put-in-Bay. Thomson-Shore (2002).
Thorndale, Theresa (Lydia J.
Ryall). Sketches and Stories of the Lake Erie Islands – Souvenir Volume.
I. F. Mack & Brother (1898).
Wells, John, The History &
Local Post of Rattlesnake Island, Lake Erie, 2003
Mr. Taft Goes Fishing - Not for Votes; Incidents of his Visit to the Middle
Bass Fishing Club of Ohio, Harpers Weekly, August 12, 1908.
See our four pages of Taft visit pictures by clicking on the link.
Ohio Magazine, June, 2001. Feature Article on the Lake Erie islands, with
Middle Bass Island on page 46 and mention of this Web site on page 48. The
articles include 3 pictures from this site, two in the Middle Bass article
and one in the South Bass article.
More references can be
found in the archives listed on the Island
Books of Note
Wildflowers of the
Canadian Erie Islands,
Essex County Field Naturalists, 2002, available by phone from the