UA Archives is the Upper Arlington Public Library’s digital library initiative. Through the UA Archives, the library partners with local organizations and individuals to digitally preserve our community’s historical resources and make them available online. You can use the UA Archives to:
- Find friends and family in UA’s Norwester Yearbooks (1923–2000).
- View original farms, trace our city’s annexation, and explore the historic district in UA’s Historical Maps.
- Witness the birth and growth of our city in UA’s original City and Village Documents (1918–ongoing).
- Read about UA’s earliest residents and daily life in the Norwester Magazines (1917–1922).
- Learn about UA’s prominent community members and read their bios from the Wall of Honor.
- Watch the story of our community unfold in UA’s Historical Images.
- Join the UA Archives on Facebook and share your own memories and photographs.
Award-winning author Lynne Oslon is coming to Upper Arlington Library this upcoming Sunday, April 27th making it a perfect time to check out one of her captivating history-focused titles. Olson has authored six non-fiction books including the national bestseller Citizens of London and her most recent critic approved and star reviewed title Those Angry Days.
The petition for statehood from the aspiring state of Ohio was carried by horse over hill and dale to Washington, D.C., where it was promptly delivered… in 1953. You may have learned in school that Ohio became a state on March 1, 1803. Although this is the recognized and official date, it hasn’t been without controversy. The 8th Congress neglected to give Congressional ratification to the state constitution - a key part to the process of becoming a state. This oversight was corrected on August 7, 1953, and Ohio was retroactively granted statehood. Until that moment, the state was technically still a part of the Northwest Territory.
Gerald Tebben of the Columbus Dispatch points out that “tax protesters have periodically seized upon the 1953 resolution” to try to avoid paying federal income taxes, which became the law of the land in 1913. The courts have not been amused.
Other efforts to refute our 1803 statehood include a 1984 lawsuit to discount Ohio votes in the presidential election, which was covered by the Columbus Dispatch. The lawsuit failed to convince the courts that the 1953 retroactive declaration of statehood was an ex post facto law, and thus unconstitutional. Judge Barrington D. Parker said that the complaint was “completely devoid of merit.”
To find the articles discussed in this post, enter your library card number to access the Columbus Dispatch Archives, or come to the library and use the microfilm to read articles from before 1985.
- Tebben, Gerald, “Break out 50 Candles for Ohio?” Columbus Dispatch, August 7, 2003.
- “Judge Rules that Ohio is a State, Ends Lawsuit” Columbus Dispatch, July 22, 1984.
To learn more about Ohio, come to the Ohio Room in the Reference Department and read these and many other titles:
Central Ohioans can relate to the Mark Twain adage, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” In the Columbus area, weather can run to extremes and change quickly. Books about the weather can be as varied as the weather itself. They include histories of the first storm chasers and forecasting, or you can learn about the impact of the 1913 Columbus flood. Lastly, the confluence of natural disasters and politics makes for an interesting mix; are some people turning a profit from a natural disaster? Here is a varied collection of interesting reads….
The Ohio Collection has several new titles on history and travel within the state:
- Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State
- The Untried Life the Twenty-Ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War
- Saint Woody the History and Fanaticism of Ohio State football
- Ohio Hill Country a Rewoven Landscape
- Kids Love Ohio
- Finding Utopia Another Journey Into Lost Ohio
Stop in to learn more about Ohio's history, from OSU Football to the War of 1812.
This is a detailed story of the band The Smiths by a clearly ardent fan that would certainly be of interest to other fans of the band (like myself), but also to anyone following the history of indie music. They are such an English band, and the author details many locations and subtexts that may not be readily apparent to those who are not native Mancunians or familiar with British pop culture and local history. He talks about all of the band’s influences and shows the reader where they fit into musical history. This is a really thick book of 704 pages covering the span of the band’s life, so there’s a lot of detail here, considering they were only together for 6 years.
Prepare to hear a lot about the Magna Carta over the coming months. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of one of the most important documents in Western law and government. Without a doubt there will be many references to it in the media.
On June 15, 1215 King John of England signed a document that guaranteed certain fundamental rights to his English subjects as demanded by a group of powerful barons.
Specific rights that were born in the Magna Carta are
- trial by jury
- due process
- habeas corpus
- equality under the law
View an old discolored and tattered copy of the Magna Carta at National Geographic Eyewitness to History online.
Each source will lead you to other sources. Remember, if you are looking at these sources from outside the library you will be prompted to enter your library card number before going to the website.
Long Shadow is broad but rich in historical perspective, specifically in reference to the First World War shaping the 20th century. Informative, insightful, and certainly well worth looking through since August 2014 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
When we think of 1940, World War II may be one of the first events to come to our minds, but that's not all that was happening in the world at that time. Our reference materials make it easy for you to dig back into our past and, not only learn about the war, but see what else was happening in April 1940. Here are just a few highlights:
- On April 7, 1940 Booker T. Washington (pictured above) became the first African American to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp.
- Dr. John Enders announced the isolation of the mumps virus in April 1940, which made serums and vaccines possible. See what else was going on with health and medicine in the 1940's.
- In the months before Germany's blitzkrieg in May 1940, WWII in Europe came to a standstill which became known as the Phony War. This lull gave Germany the opportunity to replenish their supplies and equipment and prepare for their next strike.
- Back in the United States, students at University of California, Berkeley held a strike for peace.
- The first electron microscope, which weighed almost 700 pounds, was demonstrated in Philadelphia, PA.
- April 29, 1940 was the first broadcast of The Bell Telephone Hour on NBC Radio. This program featured a variety of musicians and entertainment and ran for 18 years.
- This month marked the first time Robin appeared as Batman's sidekick in an issue of Detective Comic.
Our world has come a long way in just 75 years. It makes you wonder what discoveries and developments are in store for us in 2090, only 75 years from now.