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Maps & Geospatial: Aerial Photographs (Historic)

A listing of resources that serve as a starting point for researchers who are interested in using historic aerial photography in their work.

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Data Center

USDA Farm Services Agency Aerial Photography Field Office

APFO also administers the National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP), which is one of the most commonly used sources of high-resolution contemporary national aerial imagery.

National Archives and Records Administration

Library of Congress

The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is tasked with collecting information regarding the Earth’s oceansand atmospheric conditions. To fulfil its tasks, the agency flew aerial photography to gather valuable information regardingAmerican coastlines and other natural features. Additionally, from 1960 to 2007 NOAA was responsible for creating aeronautical charts for commercial airports.