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About this collection

Watch the story of the Upper Arlington community unfold in our Historical Images collection, which includes images from the Norwester magazine as well as the collections of the Upper Arlington Historical Society and individual donors. Browse the images chronologically to view Upper Arlington's development and learn some fascinating little known facts about early life in our community.

Some of the collection highlights include a photograph of the Marble Cliff Depot, a railroad station known originally as the Scioto Depot, circa 1895. This station house served the Upper Arlington area until the late 1920s and was located on the south side of Fifth Avenue just east of the Pennsylvania tracks, near the present day entrance to First Community Village. Another photograph shows the first teacher and students in Upper Arlington at a time when classes were held in the basement of the home of King Thompson, one of Upper Arlington's founders. Yet another captures a scene from Camp Willis, a military training camp located in Upper Arlington during the community's early development in 1916. Ohio Guardsmen were trained at this camp to defend the United States against cross-border attacks from Pancho Villa's Mexican troops.

We are also very excited to announce that the UA Archives initiative was selected as one of only 56 worldwide participants to join The Commons on Flickr. We're among impressive company, as this group includes the Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New York Public Library as well as several overseas national heritage institutions. Flickr launched our collection on April 7, 2010, and has described the UA Archives collection as "a fine slice of early 20th Century heartland Americana." The Indicommons blog also said, "You might not know much now about Upper Arlington, Ohio, but once you've spent some time with their richly described Commons collection, you'll start to feel like a local."

Through the UA Archives collection on The Commons, our community's historical photographs are receiving international exposure as examples of Midwestern suburban daily life in the early 1900s. We're also inviting you to help describe these images. Members of the Upper Arlington community as well as a broader group of worldwide users are able to contribute comments or tags in order to share information about the photographs. Information obtained from these comments may help to enhance information about people, locations, architectural details, and activities depicted in the images. You can also visit our How to Participate page to learn how to contribute images or documents to the UA Archives collection.

Tips for using this collection

  • To browse a chronological list of all images in this collection, go to the Browse link in the navigation bar at the top of this 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.
  • 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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