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Aerial Photographs of Buffalo and WNY: Contents

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2021 10:53 AM

Collection Description

The University at Buffalo Map Collection has more than 6,000 aerial photographs covering portions of:

  • Erie County for the years 1927-1929, 1966, and 1978;
  • Cattaraugus County for the years 1929, 1966 and 1978; and
  • Niagara County for 1966 and 1978. 

Requests to obtain copies of aerial photographs must be made through the Map Librarian.

Please note: In-person consultations are unavailable for Spring and Summer 2021. Scans of photos from our collection may be sent upon request, dependent on the scale of your project and geographical area needed. Please be advised researchers may need to wait until social distancing measures are canceled to view photographs in the library. 

Please check this guide for the region you need, as we have scanned many popular areas for each series. 


The aerial photographs are from the following series:

  • 8187 (1927)
  • 8226 (1928)
  • 8275 (1928)
  • 8326 (1929)
  • ARE-ARF (1966)
  • 36029-176 (1978)

Viewing the Scanned Aerials in this Guide

Individual images are listed by number. Some index maps are included here (click on the series number at top of each section to view the index).

The best way to check if aerial photos for your area of interest have been posted on this guide is to use your browser's SEARCH command (CTRL+F or Command+F) and enter the most specific word for the location you wish to see (e.g., forest lawn).

Researchers are invited to view the originals of any posted images by appointment. 

Note: All aerial images are scanned from photo proofs of the original negatives. Quality is lower than from originals. If you have better copies of these photographs, or if you have other photographs that you would be willing to share, please contact us and consider allowing us to scan these to upgrade our materials. Thank you.

Other Aerial Photographs & Satellite Imagery at UB

Additional aerial photographs and maps of the UB campuses (North and South) are available on the UB in Maps page. 

Aerial Photographs of Western New York for Buffalo (City); 175 plates (including some of the below images) cover the entire city. This is a subset of the 8226 series.

In addition to the online collections, the Map Collection contains a small collection of miscellaneous satellite imagery of United States cities. Many of these images are found in the Libraries Catalog.


Further Information and Donations Request

If you need further assistance, please contact the Map Librarian or call the Lockwood Library Reference Desk (716-645-2820).

If you have aerial photographs or maps that you wish to donate to the UB Map Collection, or would be willing to loan to the Collection for creating copies, please contact us. Thank you.

Map Librarian, Liaison to Geography & GIS

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Kimberly Plassche
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