The Benjamin and Gladys
Air Photo Archives
Spence and Fairchild
Two of the finest and most extensive oblique photograph
collections of California are housed in the The Benjamin and Gladys
Thomas Air Photo Archives at the UCLA Department of Geography.
Many researchers find our collections an invaluable historical record
for sites of interest. Because the photographs are oblique
(photos taken at an angle instead of straight down) they provide a
very descriptive view allowing easier determination of how property
was used over the years.
DESCRIPTIONS OF COLLECTIONS
Spence Air Photos, Inc. Oblique low altitude black
and white aerial photographs taken between the years 1918-1971.
These photographs were taken at a variety of latitudes, angles, and
directions, making the collection a huge assortment of unique shots.
Areas covered: Extensive coverage of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange
Counties. Southern California airports, refineries, factories,
schools, hospitals, country clubs, motion picture studios, and
miscellaneous real estate. Limited coverage of the following
California counties: San Diego, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Monterey,
Imperial, Inyo, Fresno, Kern, Mono, Placer, San Bernardino, and
Riverside. Limited coverage of other California regions including the
San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, Mojave and Colorado Deserts,
and the Colorado River. Very limited coverage of Oregon, Nevada,
Arizona, and other western states.
Fairchild Aerial Surveys A variety of oblique
low altitude black and white aerial photographs of Southern California
between the years 1927 and 1964.
USING THE AIR PHOTO ARCHIVES AT UCLA:
The The Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives are
available for viewing, and digital copies of desired
photographs may be ordered. Viewing time is scheduled by
appointment only. Please telephone in advance (310*206*8188
or email@example.com) to reserve a time to view the collection.
Upon arrival, you will be able to conduct a search through the print
collection. Because many of our photos are old and delicate, the
viewer must use the utmost care in handling the photos.
The collection is organized by area and year, making it easy to use
for someone with experience using air photographs. Someone will
initially explain to you how the collections are organized and in
which files your site may be located. You are responsible for
conducting your own research and making observations and judgements of
the photographs. Requests for copies are subject to approval,
and the Geography Department retains the right to deny or limit any
We are located in A-145 Bunche Hall. Bunche Hall is located
in the northeastern part of the UCLA campus. Parking on campus
is scarce during the school year, however metered parking is
occasionally available nearby. Public parking is available in
Westwood Village and a free Campus Express shuttle can be taken from
the stop across from the Peter Ueberroth building. The stop
closest to us is Murphy Hall. Campus maps are available at
information booths located at campus entrances. Parking is
readily available during holiday and summer breaks, buy a parking
token at a kiosk and request Parking Lot 3.
The AIR Photo Archives are currently closed.
They will reopen on Monday, 1 April.
Current hours (subject to change) are:
Please call or e-mail for an appointment.
USER FEES FOR THE AIR PHOTO ARCHIVES
Viewing fee: $40 per hour (1 hour minimum)
Scans on CD $50 + 9.75% sales tax per image
Remote Research Fee: $80 per hour
Publication Fee $200 per image per edition
Fees must be paid in full at the time of viewing or ordering
scans. Checks should be made payable to the "Regents of the
University of California." Sorry, no cash or credit
Photographs used for publication should appropriately credit the
"The Benjamin and Gladys Thomas Air Photo Archives" and
indicate which collection (Spence or Fairchild) was used.
Purchase of photographs does not include resale or
publication rights unless specific written permission is granted from
the UCLA Department of Geography and appropriate fees are paid.
The Department of Geography and the Regents of the University of
California make no claims or warranties with regard to photographs in
the Air Photo Archives.
You can reach us at: 310*206*8188 or