Books About Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana

There are thousands of ebooks online depending on how you search such as City of Fort Wayne, Indiana over 15,000 city documents, Fort Wayne Indiana over 20,000 ordinance documents, Fort Wayne Americana 20,000 more items, and Allen County Indiana over 55,000 items including non-Allen County "stuff" online at Internet Archive. Many were digitized at our local The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, some are Google ebooks and from other repositories. Links to some of those books are also organized by publication date or subject on our Timeline, People, and Places pages. You can find over 36,000 titles on various topics and locations many from the National Archives in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center-microfilm collection. Read My 5 Favorite Collections on Internet Archive by Gena Philibert-Ortega published November 26, 2018 on the Legacy News Family Tree blog.

1889 Fort Wayne

Posted May 17, 2022 by Randy Harter, Fort Wayne historian and author, on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook
Several of you (as well as myself) have lamented over buildings that are being razed in Fort Wayne to build something we feel is less desirable or needed at the cost of the former structure. Often we are disappointed because we have a nostalgic emotional attachment to the building or business that it once housed. And, sometimes it just appears to us that the building should be able to be rehabbed for its next use rather than leveled as the current owner or developer feels is appropriate. Other times we’re dispirited based of our perception due to our being the outsiders looking in without all the facts that only owners, contractors and developers have at hand. As recently mentioned by some of you, some buildings can’t be practically saved due to age and condition regardless of how they appear. As a longtime student of local history I among many of you have at times felt betrayed when a wonderful old building suddenly disappears. However, to impinge the reputation of those that are doing the razing and rebuilding simply due to they being able to afford to do so makes little sense as in many cases our city is fortunate to have their generous support across a wide range of meaningful local causes.

As an example of our (for better or worse) always changing skyline, recently some members of the Fort Wayne History Roundtable labeled this wonderful view taken in 1889 from the bell tower of St. Paul’s Church on Barr Street. If you’re able to read the small print you’ll see that we were only able to find two identifiable buildings in the entire view that are still standing out of the dozens in the photograph. These are the building on S. Calhoun that now house the Dash-In and its neighbor to the north that most recently housed Klinger Jewelry. As best we can tell every one of the other buildings in the photo has been razed for one reason or another, even once glorious churches. One of you paraphrased in a recent post the quote “When one door closes another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell I appreciate that we are a progressive city on the move, even when the moves don’t always fit my pleasure. I hope you enjoy this 133 year old image.

The photo is labeled 4/2022 by local historians C. Smith, C. Leonard, R. Harter, T. Castaldi, J. Downs with a hand from Bert Griswold author of the 1917 Pictorial History and newspaper writer with more about Fort Wayne.

Most ebooks use optical character recognition for keyword searching, but they won't find every instance of every keyword. Be sure to look for an index in the back of the books, and when all else fails, read or scan important sections of the ebooks that might contain the information you are looking for even if a keyword search does or does not find what you are looking for. Some books in the The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana have added manually indexed versions of these book that will have surnames the OCR does not find.

It can be helpful to consult the The Genealogy Center online card catlog to see if a separarte index has been created since the original publication. One example is the two volume Valley of the upper Maumee River, with historical account of Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana which has a couple of different surname indexes.

Many of these books were digitized at the Allen County Public Library while some may only be available in The Genealogy Center. Some of these books may be for sale locally such as at Coney Island Wiener Stand Book Collection, The History CenterShop or Visit Fort WayneStore. Fortunately a lot of the old out of copyright pre-1923 are digitized on the Internet Archive. See video below how to use the Internet Archive.

Research with Internet Archive posted Apr 12, 2020 by Allen County Public Library on YouTube
While Internet Archive is known for providing free digital access to millions of types of materials, they are also digitizing and offering genealogy materials. They even have a partnership with the Allen County Public Library to digitize genealogy materials. Learn more about what is available and how to access the records. Check out Internet Archive here: https://archive.org/ Learn more at The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Some Fort Wayne ebooks are listed more or less alphabetically below:

Struggles in the old Northwest and Kentucky by the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, 1954 an Archive.org. The Foreword says the newspaper articles were originally published in the Indianapolis Indiana Journal on June 8 and June 29, 1833.

Books About Fort Wayne

History of Fort Wayne, from the earliest known accounts of this point, to the present period. Embracing an extended view of the aboriginal tribes of the Northwest, including, more especially, the Miamies ... with a sketch of the life of General Anthony Wyane; including also a lengthy biography of ... pioneer settlers of Fort Wayne. Also an account of the manufacturing, mercantile, and railroad interests of Fort Wayne and vicinity by Brice, Wallace A, 1868 an Archive.org.
  1. Fort Wayne ebooks on Archive.org
  2. Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County has over 60 book titles for local people and history
  3. Digital Public Library has online access to thousands of historic materials.
  4. Hyperlocal history Publisher builds national imprint through tight focus on communities by Ron Charles of the Washington Post, published March 31, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  5. African Americans in Fort Wayne: The First 200 Years by Dodie Marie Miller, 2000, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9780738507156
  6. Along the Heritage Trail - short articles by Tom Castaldi, local historianon FortWayne.com
  7. Ancestors & descendants of Levin James Chatham and Naomi Elizabeth Eshom family (2000) - Chatham, George (George Marion), 1948-
    Includes bibliographical references and index, of Fort Wayne, Indiana
  8. Annual report of the Board of Park Commissioners by Fort Wayne (Ind.). Board of Park Commissioners Publication date 1912
  9. A sketch of early Fort Wayne by Robertson, Robert Stoddart, 1839-1936; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County Publication date 1959
  10. Baseball in Fort Wayne by Chad Gramling, 2007, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9780738541297
  11. The beautiful city of Fort Wayne / by J. Murray Jordan by Jordan, J. Murray Publication date 1906 - photos
  12. The Bones of Kekionga, The March to Kekionga, and The Siege at Kekionga are meticulously researched novellas about late 1700's encounters between Native Americans and American settlers, including battles led by Chief Little Turtle, General Josiah Harmar, and General Anthony Wayne by Jim Pickett a local history teacher. See his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BonesofKekionga or website: https://jimpickettbooks.com/
    21Country: An adventure into Kekionga, and Fort Wayne's history posted July 6, 2021 on YouTube
  13. Cover of the Builders of Greater Fort Wayne book
    Genealogy Center image
  14. Builders of Greater Fort Wayne, A Collection of Portraits of the Men of Today Who Are Carrying on the Work of the Fathers in the Making of "The Wonder City of Midwestern America" published in 1926 by Bert J Griswold. The book has been indexed, photocopied and posted on the The Genealogy Center web site.
  15. The burgeoning interest in local history in Fort Wayne 1887-1894 by Potterf, Rex M; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County; Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society Publication date 1968
  16. Canal celebrations in old Fort Wayne by Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County. cn Publication date 1953
  17. Charcoal sketches of old times in Fort Wayne - Dawson, John W., 1820-1877
  18. Charter and revised ordinances of the city of Fort Wayne : to which is prefixed a chronological roster of officers from 1840 to 1887 by Fort Wayne (Ind.); Fort Wayne (Ind.). Common Council Publication date 1887
  19. City charter, city of Fort Wayne by Indiana. General Assembly
  20. Classic Restaurants of Fort Wayne by Keith Elchert and Laura Weston, 2019, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781625859549 See Book highlights city's 'Classic' eateries by Kimberly Dupps Truesdell published March 6, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaperand KEVIN LEININGER: If you like food and history, new look at Fort Wayne’s past gives you something to devour by Kevin Leininger published April 11, 2019 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  21. Colorful journalism in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Bredemeier, Herbert G Publication date 1966
  22. Commissioner's [sic] record, vol. C, 1848-1856, Allen county, Indiana by Monroe, Barbara J; Allen County (Ind.). Board of Commissioners. Commissioners' record, 1848-1858, Allen County, Indiana
  23. Early travelers to Fort Wayne by Riley, James; Teas, Thomas Scattergood; Fort Wayne and Allen County Public Library Publication date 1953
  24. The fort at the three rivers by Snow, Dorothea J., 1909- Publication date 1968
  25. Fort Wayne Aviation: Baer Field and Beyond by Roger Myers, Geoffrey Myers, Larry Myers, and Martin Kraegel III, 2012, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9780738588605
  26. Fort Wayne, Indiana by Ralph Violette, 1999, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9780738563398
  27. Fort Wayne by Randolph L. Harter, 2013, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781467110662
  28. Fort Wayne a Pictorial Love Story published around 2010 has old photos from 1889 to 1950 in a then and now recreated photo format on facing pages. This book is only available at the Fort Wayne History Center. There is a Fort Wayne a Pictorial Love Story Facebook page by the same name. It was also mentioned in a May 24, 2018 discussion on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Private group on Facebook.
  29. Fort Wayne College of Medicine ... annual announcement (1905) lots of different years
  30. Fort Wayne in 1790 by Hay, Henry; Quaife, Milo Milton, 1880-1959 ed Publication date 1955
  31. Fort Wayne, the frontier post by Roberts, Bessie K Publication date 1965
  32. Fort Wayne gamblers, 1865-1900 - Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County
  33. Fort Wayne with might and main : Indiana's busiest, happiest city / [compiled and published by Ralph E. Avery] by Avery, Ralph E. (Ralph Emmett), comp Publication date 1911 - wide range of photos
  34. Fort Wayne, Indiana : a presentation of her resources, achievements and possibilities ... (1913) Gardner, H. W., Fort Wayne News, 136 pages, an Archive.org.
  35. 25th anniversary season, 1968-1969 : The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, James Sample, music director by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc; Sample, James, contributor Publication date 1968
  36. Fort Wayne Postcards by Randolph L. Harter, Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
  37. Fort Wayne Through Time by Randolph L. Harter and Daniel A. Baker, 2018, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781635000719. A long-time history buff and founder of the Fort Wayne History Roundtable, Harter was in his element in the research phase of the project. Copied from Then and now, side by side Pair goes to great heights for updates of historic photos by Rod King published January 06, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  38. Gilded age in Fort Wayne, 1870-1900 - Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, half-title: Society in Fort Wayne, 1870-1900
  39. Griswold's birdseye view of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana indexed for ready reference by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Hixon, W. W; Published 1907
  40. The Griswold-Phelps handbook and guide to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 1913-1914 by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Published 1913.
  41. Some Fort Wayne phizes by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Published 1904
  42. Hard News, Heartfelt Opinions: A History of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, by The Journal Gazette newspaperand Scott M. Bushnell, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2007 - 197 pages
  43. Historic Photos of Fort Wayne, by Scott M. Bushnell, Turner Publishing Company, Sep 14, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
  44. History of Allen County, Indiana : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers to which is appended maps of its several townships and villages - 1880 - T. B. Helms
  45. History of the Fort Wayne Fire Department : extracts from Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspapers (Volume 3 1878-1886) - Weber, Donald Allen Includes index
  46. History of Fort Wayne, from the Earliest Known Accounts of this Point, to the Present Period ...(1868) - Wallace A. Brice, D.W. Jones & Son, Fort Wayne, IN - another link is below
  47. History of Fort Wayne, from the earliest known accounts of this point, to the present period : embracing an extended view of the aboriginal tribes of the Northwest, including, more especially, the Miamies ... with a sketch of the life of General Anthony Wayne ; including also a lengthy biography of the late Hon. Samuel Hanna together with short sketches of several of the early pioneer settlers of Fort Wayne ; also an account of the manufacturing, mercantile, and railroad interests of Fort Wayne and vicinity - Brice, Wallace A; Published 1868
  48. Index to History of Fort Wayne & Allen County, Indiana, 1700-2005 at The Genealogy Center.
  49. Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne's Lasting Legacy by Geoff Paddock, 2002, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9780738519715
  50. History of the Maumee River Basin : from the earliest account to its organization into counties by Slocum, Charles Elihu, 1841-1915 Publication date 1905
  51. Hoosier Aviator Paul Baer by Tony Garel-Frantzen, 2017, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781467138499
  52. Industrial survey of Fort Wayne, Indiana by Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce (Ind.)
  53. Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, Indiana by Randolph L. Harter and Craig S. Leonard, 2015, Arcadia Publishing : 9781467102100.
  54. Lincoln Collection - Welcome to the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection on Internet Archive. Browse by Title or Author.
  55. Abe Lincoln in Indiana - Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah, 1862-1927, Includes bibliographies
  56. Abraham Lincoln : a collection of anecdotes and stories (1900)
  57. Abraham Lincoln : a collection of anecdotes and stories told by and of President Lincoln, many of them heretofore unpublished (1900)
    Also issued under titles: Abraham Lincoln: a collection of anecdotes and stories, and Humorous and pathetic stories of Abraham Lincoln, and Of Abraham Lincoln: a collection of anecdotes and stories
  58. The life and speeches of Abraham Lincoln, and Hannibal Hamlin (1938) - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  59. Humorous and pathetic stories of Abraham Lincoln (1894)
  60. The Lincoln Financial Collection, Books contributed from the Lincoln Financial Collection held in the Lincoln Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Over 2,000 titles digitized from the collection.
  61. Memorial record of northeastern Indiana published in 1896 by Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago has over 900 pages of Biographical Sketches.
  62. Men of progress, Indiana : a selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life, together with brief notes of the history and character of Indiana, covers all of Indiana, not just Fort Wayne. by Cumback, Will; Maynard, J. B; McGrath, Hugh J; Stoddard, William, 1899.
  63. Old forts of the Northwest by Hart, Herbert M, publication date 1963, online for 14 day borrowing at Internet Archive
  64. Outpost in the Wilderness: Fort Wayne, 1706-1828by Charles Poinsatte published October 17, 2017 EBook #55762 on the Gutenberg Project.
  65. Photo-gravures of Fort Wayne! : its artistic residences, business streets, parks and beautiful suburbs ; together with its largely diversified business and manufacturing industries Publication date 1889. There was a discussion of this book May 14, 2022 on True Fort Wayne Indiana History on Facebook. A 2010 book Fort Wayne a Pictorial Love Story is based on 1889 photos.
  66. The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River Volume 1 by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs; Published 1917. Also on ebooksread.com
  67. The pictorial history of Fort Wayne, Indiana : a review of two centuries of occupation of the region about the head of the Maumee River Volume 2 by Griswold, B. J. (Bert Joseph), 1873-1927; Taylor, Samuel R., Mrs; Published 1917
  68. Plan suggesting a civic center marking noted historic site "Glorious Gate" : embellishing entrance to the proposed Anthony Wayne Maumee River Parkway, Fort Wayne to Toledo by Hanna, Robert B; Bradley, LeRoy; Fort Wayne (Ind.). City Plan Commission Publication date 1934
  69. Principal industries of Fort Wayne by Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chamber of Commerce Publication date 1965
  70. Remembering Fort Wayne by Scott M. Bushnell, Ingram Pub Services, May 31, 2010 - 134 pages
  71. Reminiscences of old Fort Wayne by Woodworth, Lura Case; Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter (Fort Wayne, Ind.); Fairbank, Carolyn Randall; Hanna, Martha Brandriff Publication date 1906?] has photos
  72. Reminiscences of old Fort Wayne by Fairbank, Carolyn Randall; Woodworth, Lura Case; Hanna, Martha Brandriff; Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County Publication date 1953 - reprint lacks photos
  73. Robert M. & Martha A. (Archer) Stewart family bible : containing surnames Archer, Gibford, Holverstott, McCulloch, Rodgers, Stewart, Wilson, in possession of the First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN (1783)
  74. Bessie Pearl (Miller) Shaner : b 12 Oct 1890, d 26 Sep 1954 (19--]) - Fleetwood, Clarence Leroy, 1919-, Miller- Fleetwood Families.
  75. Souvenir of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1888) photo-like drawings of old Fort Wayne
  76. Spitzer descendants of Hans Bartholomeaus Spitzer (Summer 2008) - Chatham, George (George Marion), 1948-, Includes index, printed Fort Wayne, Indiana
  77. Standard atlas of Allen County, Indiana : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county; map of the state, United States and world; patrons directory, reference business directory and departments devoted to general information by the Geo. A. Ogle & Co. of Chicago in 1898 has lots of interesting maps of the county, townships and the United States. Perhaps most surprising is Portrait Department of locally promient citizens starting on page 94.
  78. Stevens family bible : now belonging to Linda Handlin, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  79. Streets of Fort Wayne McCoy, Angus Cameron, from "a speech before the Quest Club, November 30, 1945," prepared by the staff of the Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County.
  80. Stories about the history of Poe : Allen County, Indiana, on the letterhead of Fort Wayne chapter, Order of DeMolay ([19--])y - 22 pages.
  81. The Hoosier Schoolmaster - A Story of Backwoods Life in Indiana, Edward Eggleston, 1871
  82. Treasures : the Tri-State Loan & Trust co - Tri-State Loan & Trust co. (Fort Wayne, Ind.) bound Jan 3, 1940 - listing of artworks at the bank, paintings, etchings, bronzes
  83. “Three Rivers Festival” by Lori Graf, 2018, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781467128438
  84. Twentieth century history of Fort Wayne by John Ankenbruck, Twentieth Century Historical Fort Wayne, Inc., 1975 - 626 pages
  85. The Twining family (1905) - Twining, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), b. 1851, comp, printed at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  86. Valley of the upper Maumee River, with historical account of Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana Volume 1; Published 1889
  87. Valley of the upper Maumee River, with historical account of Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana Volume 2; Published 1889.
    1. Search The Genealogy Center online catalog for indexes in the library for this book.
    2. History of the upper Maumee Valley, vol. 1 and vol. 2 : [index]
    3. Early French settlers of Allen County, Indiana, an annotated name index manuscript "Abstracted from the Valley of the Upper Maumee River."
  88. War work of the Fort Wayne chapter of the American Red Cross by Taylor, Isabella Houghton, Mrs Publication date 1919
  89. William Henry Harrison, protector of Fort Wayne by Potterf, Rex M
  90. Wolf and Dessauer: Where Fort Wayne Shopped by Jim Barron, Kathie Barron, 2011, Arcadia Publishing ISBN: 9781609493349
  91. Wolf & Dessauer:  An Album of Memories. Volume II., Volume 2, 2004 - 138 pages
  92. Your Summer Reading by Carmen Doyle published May 21, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blogdiscusses several new history books: The Iron Men of Indiana’s 44th Regiment is two volumes. Part 1: Biographies and Regimental Statistics with mini  bios and Part 2: Formation and Photos details about the company during the Civil War; Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War about a Miami Indian and pioneer boy in 1812; Shopping in Fort Wayne 1848; and  two cookbooks, Blue and Grey Cookery: Authentic recipes form the Civil War Years and Johnny Apppleseed Cookbook: Favorite apple recipes of our land.
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