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Guide to the Fairchild Aerial Photo Collection 005
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Contents
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Palos Verdes Library District, Peninsula Center Library. Local History Center.
    Title: Fairchild Aerial Photo Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 005
    Physical Description: 1 Cubic Feet 1 letter document box
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1956 Aug 13
    Physical Location: Local History Center
    Abstract: Collection of approximately 140 black and white aerial photographs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula taken between 1927-1956 by the Fairchild Aerial Survey company.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the Local History Center for access information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of item], Fairchild Aerial Photo Collection (Collection 005). Local History Center, Peninsula Center Library, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, CA.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Fairchild Aerial Survey company was created by Sherman Mills Fairchild in 1921. It is one of the first companies to use cameras for map making and aerial surveying.


    Arranged numerically by flight number and thereunder by frame number.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection includes duplicates of original aerial photographs taken on ten flights conducted by the Fairchild Aerial Survey company. Images for each flight restricted to frames of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Index to aerial photographs (frames) included in each flight folder except for flight C-19715.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    In 2004, the Library obtained copies of images held in the Fairchild Aerial Photography Collection at Whittier College. The bulk of the collection was donated to the Library by David Cummings from his personal collection.

    Processing Information

    Initial rehousing and stabilization of materials by Local History Center volunteers Donna Chian and Jeremy Berry-Cahn. Final arrangement and description by Stella Castillo and Monique Sugimoto, March, 2017.

    Related Materials

    The Map & Imagery Laboratory (MIL) with the University of California, Santa Barbara Library includes a large collection of aerial photographs taken in California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California -- Aerial photographs
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)--Aerial photographs
    United States--Aerial Photographs
    Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc.
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Aerial photographs