Upper Arlington History

Guide Topic

Bedford Park, now known as Triangle Park in 1918. Early Upper Arlington homes can be seen in the background.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 Reference Department at the Main Library.

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


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

UA Archives - Explore Upper Arlington's History
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
  • Thompson Family Archives
  • Miller Family Archives
  • Historical Images
  • City and Village Documents
  • Wall of Honor Recipients
  • Historical Maps
UAPL News Index. A service of UAPL Reference
Upper Arlington News Index - A project of the Upper Arlington Public Library's Reference Department, this index can be used to search articles published from 1985 to the final publication of the Upper Arlington News on April 18, 2012. The Reference Room of the Upper Arlington Public Library houses copies of this newspaper, as well as microfilm.
Columbus Dispatch index through Newsbank
Columbus Dispatch Archives - This database includes full-text articles of The Columbus Dispatch from 1985 to the present.

More historical databases that may prove useful when researching UA history:

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
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.
ProQuest Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition - In-Library Use Only - If you are in an UA Library location, you can access Ancestry through our Online Reference Database page. If you are looking into Upper Arlington history for genealogical reasons, dig even deeper with Ancestry.
Heritage Quest Online
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.

Reference Resources

Copies of the following books on the history of Upper Arlington are always available for use in the Reference 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 Reference Department of the Main Library:

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


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

Archives/Special Collections

Upper Arlington and Ohio Collections

The Ohio Room houses the UA Library's collection of books about Upper Arlington, Columbus and Ohio.


Digital Index of major articles in local publications like Upper Arlington This Week, Columbus Monthly, Columbus CEO, Timeline and Ohio Magazine. Searchable by a Reference Librarian at the Main Library. Call or stop by for more information.

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 Reference Department in the lower level of the Main Library. See a Reference Librarian for assistance locating and searching in 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: