I have always found local history fascinating! If you’re like me, you enjoy learning about families who were such a large part of the development of a city that current roads are named after them. You like wandering through local graveyards to see which names are the most common, who has the most prominent gravestones, or which is the oldest grave marker in order to draw conclusions about what life could have been like for these families. And you will especially love looking at old photos of the history of your town to see what major intersections or bustling shopping areas looked like over a hundred years ago.
If this sort of thing interests you too, please check out the UA Archives. 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).
- Read about UA’s earliest residents and daily life in the Norwester Magazines (1917–1922).
- Watch the story of our community unfold in UA’s Historical Images.
- Witness the birth and growth of our city in UA’s original City and Village Documents (1918–ongoing).
- Learn about UA’s prominent community members and read their bios from the Wall of Honor.
- View original farms, trace our city’s annexation, and explore the historic district in UA’s Historical Maps.
- Follow the UA Archives on Facebook and share your own memories and photographs.
If you have questions about the UA Archives or the history of Upper Arlington, contact Sara Klein, our Digital Archives Coordinator, or browse through the Ohio Room in the Reference Department. There's definitely plenty to explore!