Upper Arlington History

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Upper Arlington History

This guide was created to assist those searching for historical information about Upper Arlington and the surrounding areas, and it highlights the unique and varied collection of the Research Department at the Tremont Branch of UAPL.

As always, stop by, email, or call the Research Librarians at (614) 486-3342 if you would like more information about researching Upper Arlington history.

Indexes / Databases

The library’s Online Databases in most cases are available for use at home with your UA Library card number and PIN. Please note: Links to our databases open in a new window or tab in your browser.

UA Archives – This incomparable resource 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. Collections in the UA Archives include:

  • Norwester Yearbooks
  • Norwester Magazines
  • Historical Images
  • Letters and Memoirs
  • City and Village Documents
  • Wall of Honor Recipients
  • Historical Maps
  • Diversity in UA

Upper Arlington News Index – A project of the Upper Arlington Public Library’s Research Department, this index can be used to search articles published from 1983 to the final publication of the Upper Arlington News on April 18, 2012. The Research Room of the Upper Arlington Public Library houses copies of this newspaper, as well as microfilm.

Columbus Dispatch – Archives and Today’s Paper – Provides articles appearing in the Columbus Dispatch from 1871 to the present, including obituaries.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers – For primary source documents related to major historic events outside of Upper Arlington, try this source, where you can access full-image issues of the complete run of The New York Times.

Ancestry Library Edition – In-Library Use Only – If you are in a UA Library location, you can access Ancestry through our Research Tools page. If you are looking into Upper Arlington history for genealogical reasons, dig even deeper with Ancestry.

Heritage Quest Online – Another database for genealogists, this source is available for use outside the library, and includes the entire US Federal Census, PERSI, books and other collections for genealogical researchers.

Research Resources

Copies of the following books on the history of Upper Arlington are always available for use in the Research Department, and a limited number of copies are available for checkout. Follow the catalog links for availability.

Microfilm of local newspapers, available for use in the Research Department of the Main Library:

Current and back issues of local newspapers available for use in the Research Department, with titles including:

Journals / Magazines

Some issues of these magazines are available for checkout; most older issues are held in storage in the Research Room of the Tremont Branch. Check the catalog links for more holding information.

Archives / Special Collections

Upper Arlington and Ohio Collection

The UA Library’s local history collection includes community newspapers, including the Tri-Village News and Upper Arlington News (on microfilm or in storage), the Upper Arlington High School yearbooks (The Norwester) back to 1923, and many more books and periodicals covering Upper Arlington, Columbus, and Ohio history.

Upper Arlington Pamphlet File

Newspaper clippings, booklets, documents, etc. related to Upper Arlington, divided into topics such as Biography, Events, Businesses, City Council, Schools, Parks and Recreation, and more. Located in the Research Department in the lower level of the Main Library. See a Research Librarian to access this collection.


These recommended websites are chosen by a Reference Librarian as reliable sources of information when researching the history of Upper Arlington and the surrounding area:



Search Starters

See a list of all the titles the UA Library has in its collection on the subject of Upper Arlington and Columbus history by clicking on the following links:

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