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Map and Aerial Photograph Collections

About Madden Library Aerial Photos

We have a large collection of photos from flights primarily of Fresno County.
Our earliest flight is from 1937, and we have good county coverage from 1937 through 1998/99.
Much of our aerial photography was acquired as gifts from agencies such as the USDA Soil Conservation Service and CalTrans.

Highlights of the collection: 
--Flights of Fresno County from various years between 1937-1998, with varying coverage.
Primarily flown for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service.
--CALTRANS flights of highways in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties in the early 1990s.
--Sierra National Forest (varying coverage): 1952, 1970, and 1976
--Some photos from flights of Madera County and other San Joaquin Valley counties.

Find What We Have, How to View

Index to Aerial Flights
MALT: Map & Aerial Locator Tool
A spatially enabled, web-based aerial photography & map discovery tool
Currently indexes photos from our collection, including Fresno County flights from 1937-1999. Also indexes photos from collections from Cal Poly SLO and Cal State Bakersfield libraries.

Digitized Photos
Photos from most of our flights have been digitized and are viewable online via our eCollections.
Use MALT to identify specific photos, and follow the link to the digitized version.

Access to Aerial Photos in the Library:
• Use the Aerial Photo Request Form to request for photos of a specific site
* If you have identified specific photos using MALT, you may request them using the flight year and number
• Please allow at least a day (Mon-Fri) for us to identify and retrieve the physical photos from the collection.
• Aerial photos are for use only in the Map & Aerial Photo Collection on the 1st floor, north wing of the Library .


Other Aerial Photography Online

Fresno City's Interactive Mapping site has aerial photos from 1992-2015
(2002 coverage goes past Clovis Ave.)

Some older photography is available via Earth Explorer (e.g. Aerial Photo Single Frame dataset)
   • You will need to register in order to download, but not to search and view.

GloVis USGS Global Visualization Viewer
Online search and order tool for selected satellite and aerial data.
Access to browse images from the multiple EROS data holdings.
Select an area of interest and view all available browse images within the USGS inventory for the specified location.

From the browse image viewer page, either navigate to view adjacent scene locations or select a new area of interest.