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About this collection

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

  • To browse a chronological list of all Norwester yearbooks, go to the Browse link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
  • To go directly to a section or page in any Norwester yearbook, open the yearbook, then go to its right-hand navigation panel and click on the desired section or page.
  • To search for a name or exact phrase, click on the Advanced Search link to the right of the Search box at the top of each page, select the option to find results with "The exact phrase", enter the desired name or phrase in the box following this selection, and click Search. After opening a resulting yearbook, use the navigation panel to the right to move from one search result to the next within that yearbook.
  • To adjust the zoom level, use the zoom and fit buttons located at the top of the image viewer.
  • To increase the viewer area, click and drag its sizing handles at the bottom and right until the viewer reaches the desired size.
  • To move an image within the viewer, click and drag on the image area.

For useful tips on searching all of our collections, remember to check out the Help feature near the top right-hand corner of each page.



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