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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:

  • 2021: The interface for this collection relies on browser handling of PDFs. A link layer in the PDF leads you to the actual photographs corresponding with the link's geographic location. As browsers evolve, they may change their interaction model with PDFs, possibly making it difficult to access links in a PDF. Recent users have experienced success with Firefox on both Mac and PC; if using other browsers, it may be helpful to enable Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader as the preferred PDF viewer in the browser's Preferences.
72 DPI
600 DPI
Livingston / Ingham  
St. Clair
Washtenaw / Lenawee
Wayne (including City of Detroit)
City of Detroit