Historical Aerial Imagery Data Sources

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Other sources of historical aerial imagery are available to the public beyond the imagery available on the SCDNR GIS Data Clearinghouse that includes: 2006, 1999, and 1994 (8 coastal counties) DOQQs and DOQQQ imagery.

University of South Carolina Map Library

The USC Map Library in Columbia, SC has a collection of black and white aerial photographs from 1938 to 1980 of South Carolina Counties. It is possible to visit the facility and search county index mosaics for specific air photo frame numbers, pull the hard copy photographs, scan, and burn to a CD/DVD you provide. For more information contact the Map Library at (803) 777-2802.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aerial Photography Field Office

The USDA Aerial Photography Field Office located in Salt Lake City, Utah has a collection of aerial photographs from 1955 to the present. It is possible to order a scan or digital version of an air photo for a nominal cost. For more information contact the APFO at (801) 975-3500.

National Archives, Washington, D.C.

The National Archives in Washington D.C. has historical aerial photographs from 1935 - 1954, as well as military air photos from 1940-1960. For further information regarding availability of National Archives digital products and ordering specifics visit their link https://www.archives.gov/research/order/maps.html.

Download Available DOQQ

Data is available for download at no cost from DNR's GIS DNR Clearinghouse.

A hard copy of a map can be provided from alternative services. Please refer to our GIS FAQ's question six for a list of products and sources.