In 1934 Connecticut became the first state to complete a statewide aerial survey. The State Library has several aerial surveys of the entire state, along with some partial surveys, and has put the 1934, 1938 (partial survey), and 1965 surveys online.
Using the Aerial Survey materials in this collection
Flight lines varied from east to west or from north to south in different years.
Photograph numbers were reused each year. For example, there are several photographs with the number 00120. The 1934 photograph shows part of North Stonington and the 1965 photograph shows part of Easton.
The latitude and longitude assigned to each photograph is approximate. No warranty is made as to the accuracy of the data.
The original photographic prints have been digitized as JPEG2000 files, providing detailed zoom and pan functions.
Other Survey Materials
Indexes to and photographs of historic aerial surveys are also available at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) Map and Information Geographic Center (MAGIC) website. They include the 1951-1952 indexes and photographs, a 1957 survey for Middlesex County, and the indexes to and photographs of the 1970, 1985-1986, 1990 and 1995 aerial surveys. Not all surveys are complete, so if your area is not represented, please feel free to visit the State Library, in person, to examine the indexes and photographs available here. Before you visit, make sure to read the rules for using archival records for retrieval times and rules concerning the handling of archival materials, including aerial photographs.