Project

Title
Aerial Photography: Florida  
Geographic Area
Florida  
Organization
University of Florida Digital Library Center  

Descriptive Information

Url
http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc/UFDC.aspx?c=FLAP  
Status
Ongoing  
Publisher
USDA  
Metadata Compiled
Yes  
Metadata Format
METS/MODS  
Num Items
84593  
Scale
 
Years
1937 - 1970
Description
Historical aerial photographs dramatically document changes in Florida's land use. The initial Aerial Photography: Florida collection was funded by two Florida Library Service and Technology Assistant grants from the Florida Department of State. Between 1937 and 1975, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created more than 100,000 black and white, 9 x 9 aerial photographs with 1,000 accompanying photomosaic indexes of Florida. Due to the unstable nature of the photographic negative's sodium nitrate composition, the U.S. government destroyed archival negatives for the earliest photos. As a result, the aging hardcopy photographic prints are all that remain of this historic resource. Originally intended to assist farmers determine accurate assessments for their farms and to provide information on crop determination and soil conservation, today these images provide some of the oldest land use/cover information available. They are used extensively in agriculture, conservation, urbanization, recreation, education, hydrology, geology, land use, ecology, geography, and history. The University of Florida Map & Digital Imagery Library houses the largest and most complete collection of Florida aerial photographs (~160,000 photos) outside of the National Archives. Two of three planned imaging phases have resulted in digitization of more than 1,000 photomosaic indexes and 88,000 aerial photographs shot between1937-1970.  

Technical Information

Download Available
Yes  
File Format (Original Scan)
 
File Format (Display)
 
Resolution
 
Compression Ratio
 
Image Management Software
 
Geo Referenced
Yes  
Rectified
No  
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Contact Information

Organization
University of Florida Digital Library Center  
Name
Laurie Taylor  
E-Mail
Laurien@ufl.edu  
Phone
352.273.2900