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GIS & Spatial Data: Alberta Historical Air Photos Available @ U. of Lethbridge Library

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Spatial Data resources available via the University of Lethbridge Library.

Alberta Historical Air Photos Available @ U. of Lethbridge Library -- About the Collection

The U. of L Library has a historical collection of Alberta air photos from years 1949 to 1982. Air photos are located in Remote Storage at the University Library. Access by appointment. Photo to right (A18223-67; Lethbridge, Alberta, 1963) is an example of imagery in the collection.

Tips for locating air photos:

  • For air photos of a particular location, determine the corresponding NTS map areas -- see NTS grid below at left.
  • Alberta's Aerial Photo Record System (APRS) provides flight line maps of air photos in the collection (Search APRS or Browse by year); flight lines also include image centre points.
  • Air photos at U. of Lethbridge are organized by year; use the Air Photo Inventory lists below to identify available coverage for a particular year; some photos digitized and available online.
  • For assistance, contact Rhys Stevens <rhys.stevens@uleth.ca>.

NTS Alberta Grid Map

  • The map above shows NTS topographic map areas (1:250K) for the Province of Alberta. Use it to identify your area of interest.
     
  • There are up to 16 individual air photo mosaics (1:50K) for each separate NTS area. They are numbered 1 to 16.
     
  • The NTS Index for the Prairie Provinces [via U. of Calgary Library] provides additional detail for identifying NTS map sheet locations for Alberta.

 

Alberta Historical Air Photos Available @ U. of Lethbridge Library [Remote Storage] -- By Year

YEAR AERIAL PHOTO COVERAGE MAP - MAJOR PROJECTS
 
SCALE SOURCE NTS MAP AREAS (in U. of L. Collection) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1982


N/A

1:60,000 Government of Alberta 082G; 082H (Job No. 82-52)
1981


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:60,000 Government of Alberta 082H; 072E; 082I; 072L (Job No. 81-167)
1980


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:30,000 Government of Alberta 082H (Job No. 80-2); 072E (Job No. 80-2 & 80-27); 072L (Job No. 80-27)
1979


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:30,000 Government of Alberta 072E (Job No. 79-15)
1978


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:30,000 Government of Alberta 082H; 072E (Job No. 78-23)
1976


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082G; 082H (Job No. 76-25); 083B (Job No. 76-23A)
1972


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:21,120 Government of Alberta 082G; 082I; 082J (Job No. 72-65)
1970


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 083H (Job No. 70-322); 082I; 082H; 072L (Job No. 70-119)
1970

N/A

1:80,000 National Air Photo Library 082J; 082G; 082I; 082H; 072L; 072E
1969


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 072E (Job No. 69-166)
1967

1966; 1967
[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082H; 082P; 073D; 083H
1966

1966; 1967
[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082O; 083B; 083A; 083H; 083G; 073E
1965


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082G; 073E
1964


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 083G; 083I; 083J
1963


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082O; 082P; 083A; 073D; 083B; 083F
1962


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 072L; 082O; 083H; 082P; 083B; 083A
1961-62


[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 082H; 072E; 083G; 083F; 073M; 083M
1960

[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:31,680 Government of Alberta 084D
1959

N/A

1:15,840 Government of Alberta 082G; 083F
1958

[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:15,840 Government of Alberta Various
1951-52

[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:15,840 Government of Alberta Various
1949-51

[Only some photos held in U. of L. collection]

1:40,000 Government of Alberta / National Air Photo Library Various

Air Photo Coverage Map Source: Aerial photography project index [electronic resource]