The Norwester yearbook has been published annually by the Upper Arlington City School District since 1923. Many of the earlier yearbook volumes included every grade in the school district, but the younger grades were gradually phased out until, beginning with the 1956 yearbook, only classes from the Upper Arlington High School were included.
The Upper Arlington Public Library partnered with the Upper Arlington City Schools and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association to launch the yearbook collection on October 7, 2009. As part of the library's agreement with the schools, there will always be a ten-year delay for any yearbooks presented online. Digitization of the pages took nearly two years to complete and is ongoing since a new volume will be added each year.
The collection is searchable by keyword or exact phrase, which makes it easy to find friends and family. In addition, most of the yearbooks after 1969 included an index near the end of the book, which can be used as a further finding aid. Browsing is also encouraged, and a navigation panel listing sections, such as sports, clubs, seniors, underclassmen, or faculty is provided for each yearbook.
The yearbooks present an invaluable picture of Upper Arlington's educational system and the community over eight decades, and each book serves as a virtual time capsule of daily life at that time. The yearbook collection is an important resource for Upper Arlington High School alumni, genealogical researchers, history buffs, and anyone interested in Central Ohio's past.
Tips for using this collection
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