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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.


Penn State University Libraries collections encompass ONLY Pennsylvania.  Please use this guide on how to access historic aerial photographs from US government websites.  Each state is different and varies in how accessible their data is.  Your best bet is to contact a large research library in the state you are interested in and ask them.  They will be the most knowledgeable about the data in their state.

ESRI - U.S. Historical Imagery

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