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Through a generous donation from DTE, Wayne State is able to provide researchers with access to digitized copies of aerial photos of Detroit and area for the period 1949 to 1997. The collection consists of a series of low resoloution (72 dpi) and high resolution (600 dpi) pdf files. Use the links below to open a base map of a county for a given year and then use the links on the base map to open a photograph.

Please note:

  • The 600 dpi files are, on average, 15 MB in size and, on a high speed connection, take up to a minute to load. On a dial-up connection they will take significantly longer.
  • Macintosh users - click here for instructions
72 DPI
600 DPI
Livingston / Ingham  
St. Clair
Washtenaw / Lenawee
Wayne (including City of Detroit)
City of Detroit