Aerial Photography - Other Sources
In some parts of the state, usually the urban and growing areas, private sector aerial photography companies have flown areas on speculation, with the hope of future sales; private companies also provide air photo search and custom services. Several of these companies are locally owned or have local offices. Check for these companies in the Yellow Pages, or do a web search for: photographers - aerial; surveyors - aerial; or maps.
Several companies provide information about their collections:
Some companies provide research services to locate, custom assemble, and deliver photos or view them online:
- Historical Information Gatherers: Aerial Photography
- Historic Aerials: use "swipe" and "dissolve" tools to compare photos from different years
If you know of other companies that provide similar information about their air photos, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Borchert Map Library, University
of Minnesota: The library has the best collection of historical aerial photographs in
the state. The public is welcome to use the over 330,000 photographs;
most can be checked out by those with University of Minnesota library
privileges. The Library is open fulltime during the
academic year and part-time during the summer. Check the website for hours
or call before visiting.
- Online air photo holdings guide including paper, negative, 35mm slide and digital formats
- Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online: provides
access to over 113,000 digital copies of Minnesota air photos found
in the library's collection and available from the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources'
Landview online map.
Return to MnGeo's first-stop Aerial Photography page