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US States Year Book 1921
Std Dictionary of Facts Ruoff 1919
Century Book of Facts Ruoff 1906
Manual of Useful Info Thomas 1893
Not Generally Known Timbs 1857
Book of Knowledge Pinckney 1851
Useful Knowledge Pybus 1810
Domestic Encyclopaedia 1802

Dictionary of Musical Terms 1895
Shakespeare Lexicon 1886

Reference Guides 1916
How to Study 1915

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Hammond World Atlas 1914
Physiography of the US NGS 1896
Universal Geography 1853
Dictionary of Ancient Geography 1851
Gazetteer of North America 1838
Gazetteer of the US 1830

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American History Atlas 1920
Dictionary of English History 1910
Bibliography of History 1910
Dictionary of US History 1897
The World's History Swinton 1874
Ancient Coins & Measures 1727

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Human Anatomy Henry Gray 1918
Practice of Medicine 1916
Dictionary of Medical Science 1903
Pharmaceutical Dictionary 1882

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Scientific American Reference 1914
Handbook of Chemistry & Physics 1914
Dictionary of Scientific Terms 1879

Dictionary of Statistics 1900
Mathematical Tables Pryde 1900
Mathematical Dictionary 1872

Modern Mechanism Benjamin 1892
Cyclo of App Mech v1 Benjamin 1880
Cyclo of App Mech v2 Benjamin 1881
Mechanical Industries Explained 1881
Knight's Mechanical Dict v1 A-G 1876
Knight's Mechanical Dict v2 G-R 1876
Knight's Mechanical Dict v3 R-Z 1877

Chemical Dictionary Turner 1920

Meteorology Handbook Redway 1921
Reading the Weather Longstreth 1915

Dictionary of Aviation 1911

Dictionary of Architecture 1850

US Trees & Shrubs 1915
Birds of America vol 1 Audubon 1840
Birds of America vol 3 Audubon 1841
Birds of America vol 4 Audubon 1843
Birds of America vol 7 Audubon 1844

Philosophy-Psychology Dic. 1905

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Encyclopaedia Britannica
11th edition 1910-1911
v1 A - Androphagi
v2 Andros - Austria
v3 Austria Lower - Bisectrix
v4 Bisharin - Calgary
v5 Calhoun - Chatelaine
v6 Chatelet - Constantine
v7 Constantine - Demidov
v8 Demijohn - Edward
v9 Edwardes - Evangelical Assoc.
v10 Evangelical Church - Francis Jos.
v11 Franciscans - Gibson
v12 Gichtel - Harmonium
v13 Haromy - Hurstmonceaux
v14 Husband - Italic
v15 Italy - Kyshtym
v16 L - Lord Advocate
v17 Lord Chamberlain - Mecklenbu.
v18 Medal - Mumps
v19 Mun - Oddfellows
v20 Ode - Payment of Members
v21 Payn - Polka
v22 Poll - Reeves
v23 Refectory - Sainte-Beuve
v24 Sainte-Claire - Shuttle
v25 Shuvalov - Subliminal Self
v26 Submarine Mines - Tom-Tom
v27 Tonalite - Vesuvius
v28 Vetch - Zymotic Diseases

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  Free Dictionaries

Webster's New Std Dictionary 1920
Dict. of English Fernald 1918
Webster's Elementary Dic. 1914
New Websterian Dictionary 1912
Lloyd's Encylopedic Dictionary 1896
Webster's Academic Dictionary 1895
Dictionary of English Webster 1892
Webster's High School Dic. 1892
Webster's Common School Dic. 1892
School Dictionary Webster 1892
Century Dictionary of English 1891
Dictionary of English Webster 1863
Walker's Pronouncing Dic. 1859
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The US Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act website explains how to get information with a FOIA request, and has links to other federal agencies FOIA websites. You can search for documents previously released under the Freedom of Information Act at their FBI: FOIA Page and their CIA: FOIA Page.

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  Free Word Origin Books

Literary Curiosities Handy-Book 1892
English Etymology Principles 1892
English Etymology Dictionary 1878

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Thesaurus of English Roget 1916
Dictionary of Similies 1916
Synonyms & Antonyms Fernald 1914
Dictionary of Synonyms Smith 1893

  Free Free Formularies, Etc.

Dr. Chases Recipes 1920
Sci Am Cyclopedia of Formulas 1910
Receipts & Remedies 1908
The Standard Formulary 1904
Wrinkles & Notions 1904
5000 Formulas for Druggists 1893
Cooley's Practical Receipts 1892
Workshop Receipts 1889
Secrets of Wise Men 1889
Techno-Chemical Receipt Book 1887
Moore's Universal Assistant 1882
Druggist's Receipt Book 1878
The Mechanic's Friend 1875
The Artizan's Guide 1873
Household Cyclopædia 1873
Dictionary of Every-Day Wants 1872
Universal Recipe Book 1869
Mackenzie's 10,000 Receipts 1867
How To Do It 1864
Hand Book of Practical Receipts 1860
Receipts for Every-day 1857
Artists & Mechanics Repository 1856
Mackenzie's 5000 Receipts 1853
Farmer's Every-day Book 1850
US Practical Receipt Book 1844
Farmer & Market Gardener 1842
Genuine Receipts 1831
Mysteries of Trade 1825
Universal Receipt Book 1818

  Free Books of Quotations

Familiar Quotations Barlett 1919
Handbook of Quotations Ordway 1913
Dictionary of Quotations Dalbiac 1908
Intl Encyc of Quotations Walsh 1908
Stokes' Familiar Quotations 1906
Dictionary of Quotations Wood 1899
Dict. of Quotations Harbottle 1897
Practical Quotations Hoyt 1896
Treasury of Thought Ballou 1894
Pithy Quotations Morton 1893
Cyclopaedia of Quotations 1882
Prose Quotations 1880
Carleton's Popular Quotations 1878
Dict. of Americanisms Bartlett 1877
Prose Quotations 1876
Ancient & Modern Quotations 1875
Familiar Quotations Gent 1866
Popular Quotations MacDonnell 1818

Classical Quotations Harbottle 1906
Classical Quotations King 1904
Shakespearean Quotations 1851

Quotations from Poets Bohn 1911
Poetical Quotations Allibone 1896
Poetical Quotations Hale 1856
Poetical Quotations Watson 1847

Oriental Quotations 1911
Foreign Phrases & Quotations 1908

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Personal Computer Bibliog. 2005
Where to Get Vital Records 2007

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The Information Please Almanac online provides an almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia.

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Biography.com has over 20,000 biographies of historic figures and celebrities.

The Smithsonian Institute's Explore Your Interests is an interface from which you can browse for information alphabetically, or use the search link at the top of the page to search all of the Smithsonian's websites.

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