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Aerial Photographs of Buffalo and WNY: Contents

Last Updated: Feb 12, 2020 9:05 AM

The University at Buffalo Map Collection has more than 6,000 aerial photographs covering Erie and Niagara counties for the years 1927-1928, 1966, and 1978. These were produced by the Fairchild Aerial Survey, Inc. and other operations.

The Collection is an almost-complete set of aerial photographs covering Erie County for the years 1927-1929, 1966, and 1978, and for Niagara County for 1966 and 1978.

For an appointment to access aerial photos contact the Map Librarian or call the Lockwood Library Reference Desk (716-645-2945). Please check this guide for the region you need first, 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.

Map Librarian, Liaison to Geography & GIS

Kimberly Plassche's picture
Kimberly Plassche
108A Lockwood Library
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260


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.