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Aerial Photography

Cartographic Collections:
Maps, Charts, Digital Geospatial Data, & Aerial Photos

Aerial Photo Scanning Service Details:

The Map Library's historic print aerial photographs can be scanned for patrons that are unable to visit the library to do this research in person. Details on the fees for this service are listed below.

Please use the Wisconsin Catalog of Aerial Photography to see the library's collection holdings before making a request via the form.
air photo request form
Customer Type
External Customer (Payment will be made by an individual, private entity, non-profit, or governmental organization other than the UW or State of WI.) $10.00 per photo
(sales tax will be added for WI)
Internal Customer (Payment will be made by a University of Wisconsin system department, or WI state agency. Tax exempt number may be required.) $7.00 per photo
(sales tax may be added for WI
Customer Agreement: Scale information for all UW Map Library aerial photograph collections is available from the WI Catalog of Aerial Photography (see link above). The UW Map Library cannot guarantee that the scales/resolutions of scanned imagery will necessarily meet all consumers needs. Image scans, (even at 800dpi) are limited in resolution by the height of the plane that originally took the photo (as indicated in the scale information.) Keep in mind that the bulk of the library's photo collections were taken by the USDA to estimate crop acreage over large tracks of land. Seeing very small features, buildings, driveways, etc. may be difficult. By requesting digital scans, users are made aware of these terms and will not be refunded for images they ultimately determine are not detailed enough for their purposes.
Notification Concerning Public Access to the Library's Photo Collections and Relevant Copyright Restrictions:

Public Access to the Library's Photo Collection:
This scanning service is offered as a convenience for patrons who prefer to remotely request digital scans of the library's historic aerial photos. It should be noted that the Robinson Map Library is open to the public, and the entire aerial photograph collection can be accessed in-person, by anyone during the library's hours of operation. Patrons do not need to be UW-Madison faculty, staff or students to view, use, copy, or scan items from the aerial photograph collection. Flatbed scanners are available within the library for patrons to generate custom digital images free of charge. Photocopiers are available for use at 10 cents per page and require a University copy card (which can easily be obtained).
Please visit the Map Library website for information on hours of operation: http://www.geography.wisc.edu/maplib/loc_hour.html

Notice of Copyright Restrictions:
While the vast majority of the aerial photography in the Robinson Map Library's archive are in the public domain, there are several sets of photos we cannot make available in digital format due to copyright restrictions. Therefore, Dane County images from the years 1995 and 2000 are not available via this scanning service.

If 1937-38 imagery is needed, access the entire statewide digital collection via the WHAIFinder:
Wisconsin Historic Aerial Image Finder (1937-1941)




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