NC Geological Survey Aerial Photography Collection


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The North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) has an extensive collection of aerial photographs in the NCGS' Archdale office at 512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27604-1148. 

The collection is black and white aerial stereo pair photographs taken in the 1950's and early 1960's of many of North Carolina's counties. These are 9-inch prints, with a nominal scale of 1:20,000. Here is an example print from south-central Raleigh, showing the greater Lake Johnson area as it appeared on March 25, 1959. The catalog listing contains the county name and available year of aerial photography held in our collection.  Counties with no data of this vintage (8 total) are denoted by "none available" in the data table.

Prospective users are requested to arrange an appointment to use these materials. A professional grade stereoscope is available at the NCGS for use with these aerial photographs.

Because of the collection's value, the aerial photographs are not available for loan outside the NCGS' Archdale office; however, these photographs can be digitally scanned in our office and obtained as pdf, jpeg or tif images on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM discs for a nominal charge.

For further information on these aerial photograph catalogs, contact Mike Medina at michael.medina@ncdenr.gov, or by phone at: 919-733-2423, ext. 408.








Lake Johnson, 1959
Example aerial photograph 9" print (resized smaller here) of the Lake
Johnson area, Raleigh, Wake County. Photograph is from March 25, 1959.
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North Carolina Geological Survey Aerial Photography Collection --
Counties with Aerial Photographs from the 1950's and 1960's

 
County Year   County Year
  Alamance 1960      Johnston 1959
  Alexander 1951      Jones 1955
  Alleghany 1956      Lee 1955
  Anson 1954      Lenior 1954
  Ashe 1953      Lincoln 1951
  Avery 1952      Macon 1954
  Beaufort 1958      Madison 1953
  Bertie 1954      Martin 1959
  Bladen 1961      McDowell 1954
  Brunswick 1956      Mecklenburg 1956
  Buncombe 1951      Mitchell 1953
  Burke 1960      Montgomery 1956
  Cabarrus 1956      Moore 1955
  Caldwell 1954      Nash 1966
  Camden 1953      New Hanover 1959
  Carteret 1958      Northampton 1956
  Caswell 1951      Onslow 1960
  Catawba 1956      Orange 1960
  Chatham 1951      Pamlico 1953
  Cherokee 1953      Pasquotank 1955
  Chowan 1955      Pender 1955
  Clay 1953      Perquimans 1951
  Cleveland 1956      Person 1958
  Columbus 1961      Pitt 1957
  Craven 1958      Polk none available
  Cumberland 1966      Randolph 1956
  Currituck 1953      Richmond 1960
  Dare none available      Robeson none available
  Davidson 1961      Rockingham 1959
  Davie 1950      Rowan 1950
  Duplin 1954     Rutherford none available
  Durham 1959      Sampson 1966
  Edgecombe 1954      Scotland 1956
  Forsyth 1961      Stanly 1956
  Franklin 1966      Stokes 1951
  Gaston none available      Surry 1951
  Gates 1955      Swain 1952
  Graham 1953      Transylvania none available
  Granville 1955      Tyrrell none available
  Greene 1954      Union 1951
  Guilford 1959      Vance 1959
  Halifax 1959      Wake 1959
  Harnett 1955      Warren 1955
  Haywood 1953      Washington 1955
  Henderson 1951      Watauga 1959
  Hertford 1956      Wayne 1958
  Hoke 1955      Wilkes 1959
  Hyde none available      Wilson 1951
  Iredell 1951      Yadkin 1953
  Jackson 1953      Yancey 1955

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