University of California, Los Angeles, Geography Air Photo Archives

Contact Information

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Address
Hours
10am - 2 pm
Contact
Website

34.0742539, -118.4401283

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
Yes
Onsite technology available
Yes
Public fee amount
$40/hour per person. Please see website for current reproduction fee.
Scholar Fee Amount
Depends on nature of work-must apply first
Catalog System
The collection is organized by area and year then placed in files.
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

The The Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives are available for viewing, and digital copies of desired photographs may be ordered. Viewing time is scheduled by appointment only. Please telephone in advance (310-206-8188 or airphoto@geog.ucla.edu) to reserve a time to view the collection.

Management

Archive / Collection information

The UCLA Geography Air Photo Archives houses two of the most extensive collections of historic oblique aerial photography available to the pubic anywhere. Oblique aerials are taken at an angle and are easily understood. The Fairchild National Collection contains most cities in the United States and many towns circa 1922 through 1965. The Spence Collection contains coverage of the Western Region of the U.S. but is concentrated on Southern California circa 1920 through 1971.Together they comprise an unsurpassed visual record of mid-twentieth century American urban development. We have over 80,000 prints and 113,000 negatives. We also have Thomas Brothers map guides dating from the 1940s to the present. Please call for appointment @ (310) 206-8188.

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