Aerial Photography - Other Federal

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration houses historical federal aerial photography collected from the late-1930s to the mid-1950s by several agencies. The most comprehensive collection is the county-based imagery from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Begin searching for information by using the Archival Research Catalog (ARC). ARC is an online source for searching a wide range of NARA's holdings. Next, to request a search or obtain further information, please provide the Cartographic and Architectural staff with the following information:

  • detailed map clearly outlining the site limits
  • brief geographic description of the site including, where possible, county and state
  • geographic coordinates
  • variant spellings of the site name
  • relative location of the site with nearby, well-known geographic locales

If you found the item in ARC, please provide the control number for that series.

Contact the Cartographic and Architectural staff at:

Aerial Photographs Team, Cartographic and Architectural Reference (NWCS-Cartographic)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphia Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
carto@nara.gov

Note: when submitting a request via e-mail, please include a regular mailing address. Cartographic and Architectural Reference often has to send researchers hardcopy finding aids or reproduction ordering information.

NASA

In addition to current NASA efforts to collect remotely sensed data via satellites, in the 1970s and 1980s, NASA collected photography imagery with high altitude aircraft (small scale), largely in western Minnesota. These historical photographs have been transferred to the EROS Data Center. For further assistance, please contact:

Customer Services, U.S. Geological Survey, EROS Data Center
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001
800-252-4547
custserv@usgs.gov
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 - 4:00, Central Standard Time

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