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wikiHow:Public Domain Book Project

This project will help us add new content to wikiHow by allowing us to adapt how-to guides and images from books that are now in the public domain (i.e., their copyrights have expired and have not since been renewed). We have scanned a few books and uploaded them so that they can be downloaded and then turned into new pages (or used to improve existing pages) on wikiHow.


This page is set up to help us add new public domain content to wikiHow and keep track of our progress. The sections below are organized by book title. Underneath each title is the appropriate citation for the book, which should be included in any articles created from it.


For some of these texts, only a selection of pages were well-suited for wikiHow. For those articles, you will find below the citation a list of article titles that link to new or existing wikiHow articles, and a link to download the scanned image to be used to create the article. For others, the entire book has been uploaded. In this case, no article titles have been suggested; in this case, just add your article title and page numbers as described below.

EditSteps

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    Download the file(s) for a book or article you'd like to work on by right-clicking on the link and saving it to your computer. You will be asked to enter a user name and password. The user name is "wikihow" and the password is "wikihow2006". Once you have done entered this information, you will be able to click to download the file of your choice.
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    Let others know what article you will be writing.

    • If the article title is already shown on this page, simply edit this page and sign your name using "~~~~" next to the words "Started by" so that others know you're working on this article.
    • If no article title is shown on this page (if the downloaded file is an entire book), then add a new line to this page under the heading for your source.

      • Be sure to include the article title (and a link to your new wikiHow) and the pages from your source to be used for this article.
      • Add the words "Started by:" and sign your name using "~~~~" next to the words "Started by" so that others know you're working on this article.
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    Click on the article title link to begin editing the new article or improving an existing article.
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    Be sure to add the source information to the "Sources and citations section." Just copy and paste the information from this page.

EditGardening Short Cuts

Source: Kains, M.G. (1935). Gardening Short Cuts. New York and Cleveland: World Publishing Company - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  • About: Lots of good information on lawn and path maintenance, plant propagation, pruning and training of plants, plant pest control and more. Some good illustrations.
  • File: Gardening Short Cuts (entire text PDF format)

EditNeedlecraft for the Home

Source: Reichl, Miriam B., editor (1952). Needlecraft for the Home. New York: The Homemaker's Encyclopedia, Inc. - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  • About: Very broad text with good instructions on good practices for sewing, embroidery, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and tatting. Many good illustrations.
  • File: Needlecraft for the Home (entire text PDF format)

EditSamplers and Stitches

Source: Samplers and stitches; a handbook of the embroiderer's art (1921), by Grace Christie. About: A wide variety of stitches for hand embroidery carefully explained both in technique and purpose, with excellent illustrations of each.

  • File: Internet Archive, choice of formats, entire text. PDF version includes illustrations.

EditThe Farm and Home Handyman

Source: Northwestern National Life Insurance Company (1945). The Farm and Home Handyman. St. Paul, MN: Webb Publishing Company - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  • About: A mix of both dated guides and some very useful instructions on tool use and care, joining wood, setting up a workshop, etc. Some good diagrams and illustrations.
  • File: The Farm and Home Handyman (entire text PDF format)

EditString Figures and How to Make Them

Source: Jayne, Caroline Furness (1962). String Figures and How to Make Them. New YOrk: Dover Publications, Inc. - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  • About: Shows how to create all sorts of variations on the classic "cat's cradle" string figure, and also includes some historical and cultural background. Excellent line drawings illustrating many different figures and steps.
  • File: String Figures and How to Make Them (entire text PDF format)

EditFun for a Rainy Day

Source: Estrin, M., editor. (1945). Fun for a Rainy Day. New York: WM. Penn Publishing Cord. - Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  1. Make a Bird (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_10.Started by: Jack H 18:36, 22 August 2007 (GMT)
  2. Make a Two Hearts Lapel Pin (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_10.Started by:Jack H 18:36, 22 August 2007 (GMT)
  3. Make a Chair (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_10.Started by: Elocina 19:42, 8 September 2007 (GMT)
  4. Make Four-legged Animals (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_10.Started by: Elocina 23:56, 9 September 2007 (GMT)
  5. Make a Butterfly (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_11.Started by: Jack H 18:36, 22 August 2007 (GMT)
  6. Make a Dragonfly (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_11.Started by:Jack H 18:36, 22 August 2007 (GMT)
  7. Make Stick Figure People (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_11.Started by: Elocina 04:36, 9 September 2007 (GMT)
  8. Make a Daisy (Pipe Cleaner Crafts) - Files rd_11.Started by: Elocina 04:41, 9 September 2007 (GMT)
  9. Make Shadow Drawings - Files rd_13.Started by: Elocina 00:15, 10 September 2007 (GMT)
  10. Make Shadow Puppets - Files rd_14, rd_15, rd_16.Started by:

EditLearn to Draw Human Figures

Source: Gnagy, M.J., & Gnagy, J. (1962). Learn to Draw Human Figures. Philadelphia: Martin/F. Weber Co.- Book in public domain. Copyright not renewed.

  1. Create Motion in Figure Drawing - Files fd_1, fd_2, fd_3, fd_4, fd_5, fd_6, fd_7, fd_8, fd_9,. Started by:

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