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Historical Aerial Photos: Additional Information

Library Data Services

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  • A computing lab with specialized software for GIS and data visualization & analysis.
  • Walk-in assistance provided by knowledgeable student consultants during set hours
  • Consultations with specialists for more in-depth inquiries (by appointment).
  • Spaces for collaboration and presentation, complete with white boards and external displays.
  • Technology short courses and programs that promote digital scholarship.

About the Aerial Photos

These images are not georeferenced.

These images are from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The earlier aerial photographs for Durham (1940), Orange (1938), and Wake (1938) are provided courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History; Raleigh, North Carolina.

Images are available in tif format (zipped). Zipped, each file is approximately 72MB. Unzipped, each file is approximately 82MB.

The images in this collection offer physical coverage, not stereo coverage. This means the images cover the entire counties, but do not overlap one another completely. The images in the index maps show stereo coverage - this is why only about half of the images shown in the index maps are labeled with the image name highlighted in beige and are available for download. Each of the downloadable images covers an area much larger than is obvious by looking at the index. The bounding boxes depict the approximate area covered by each image.