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UCLA Department of Geography Air Photo Archives.
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The Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photos Archives are a collection of aerial photographs—approximately 130,000 negatives on glass and film and over 80,000 prints—that along with other related documents and objects were donated to the UCLA Department of Geography in the 1960s. The archives are comprised of three major collections of oblique, or angled, views (as opposed to straight-down vertical views), covering the years 1918-1972, including images from several national and local aerial survey companies - Fairchild Aerial Surveys (1921-1965), Spence Air Photos (1918-1972), and William Cross Air Photo (1918-1924).
80,000+ prints, 130,000+ negatives; 7,000 lantern slides; approximately 70 linear feet
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Collections are open for research. Viewing time is scheduled by appointment only and fees apply. Patrons may order digital copies of desired photographs.