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Aerial photographs and historic maps

Historic Maps are now available online through a cooperative project between the Indiana State Library and IUPUI. These collections include the Electronic Atlas of Central Indiana, Historic Indiana Atlases, Historic Indiana Maps, some Indiana Plat Books, and the Indianapolis Sanborn Maps and Baist Atlas Collection. Additional resources for land include the Indiana Historic Architecture Slide Collection, Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory, and a selection of Indianapolis City Directories. These collections are hosted on the IUPUI website and are not maintained by the Indiana State Archives.

Aerial photographs are used frequently by patrons of the State Archives. Surveyors, environmentalists, and engineers visit our Reading Room daily. Examples of aerial photographs of Lake County and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are available by following the links.

The earlier photographs, ranging from the 1930's to the 1970's in many counties, are available for reproduction as digital files, or as an 8x10 (1930's) or a 10x10 (40's through 70's) photograph. Detailed enlargements can also be made. Please visit our price schedule for more information regarding prints and research fees. These photographs are not arranged by township, range, and section numbers, and must be researched carefully. It is useful to bring maps of the site for which you are searching.

The Indiana Geological Survey has created the online Indiana Historical Aerial Photo Index using many of the State Archives' Index Maps. Researchers can now view aerials from home or office, select the image needed, then email the Archives for ordering information and pricing. If a closer look is required, the aerial photographs are still available in the Archives Reading Room. Please note: The Indiana State Archives is not responsible for the maintenance or technical support of the IHAPI website.

The Land Office Collection of wide format aerials (mostly 32"x36") is now available through the Indiana State Archives. The transfer required the purchase of a new wide format digital scanner/copier/printer. Full size paper reproductions may be purchased for $12.00. These replace the old blue line copies formally available at the Land Office. Unlike the older aerial photographs, these must be searched using the township, range, and section number. Orders must be placed in advance. Due to preservation concerns, negatives may not be used for research. Paper copies must be purchased. An index follows in the second table below.

Early Aerial Photos at the State Archives - Counties and Years

County Year
Adams1940
Adams1957
Adams1964
Adams1972
AdamsUND
Allen1938
Allen1957
Allen1964
Allen1972
Bartholomew1937
Bartholomew1949
Bartholomew1954
Bartholomew1960
Bartholomew1968
Benton1938
Benton1957
Benton1963
Benton1971
Blackford1936
Blackford1941
Blackford1956
Blackford1961
Blackford1969
Boone1939
Boone1955
Boone1962
Boone1972
Brown1939
Brown1955
Brown1960
Brown1967
Carroll1938
Carroll1951
Carroll1958
Carroll1963
Carroll1971
Cass1938
Cass1957
Cass1963
Cass1971
Clark1937
Clark1940
Clark1955
Clark1960
Clark1967
Clark1968
Clay1939
Clay1958
Clinton1939
Clinton1956
Clinton1962
Clinton1972
Crawford1937
Crawford1940
Crawford1958
Crawford1967
Daviess1937
Daviess1958
Daviess1966
Dearborn1937
Dearborn1940
Dearborn1955
Dearborn1961
Dearborn1966
Decatur1940
Decatur1955
Decatur1960
Decatur1968
DecaturUND
DeKalb1938
DeKalb1957
DeKalb1964
DeKalb1972
Delaware1939
Delaware1941
Delaware1956
Delaware1961
Delaware1969
Dubois1937
Dubois1958
Dubois1966
Elkhart1938
Elkhart1957
Elkhart1965
Elkhart1973
Fayette1936
Fayette1940
Fayette1956
Fayette1961
Fayette1969
Floyd1937
Floyd1940
Floyd1955
Floyd1960
Floyd1968
Fountain1939
Fountain1955
Fountain1962
Fountain1972
Franklin1937
Franklin1940
Franklin1955
Franklin1961
Franklin1971
Fulton1940
Fulton1957
Fulton1963
Fulton1966
Fulton1972
FultonUND
Gibson1937
Gibson1940
Gibson1958
Gibson1966
Grant1938
Grant1941
Grant1956
Grant1961
Grant1969
Greene1937
Greene1958
Greene1969
Hamilton1936
Hamilton1941
Hamilton1956
Hamilton1962
Hamilton1971
Hancock1939
Hancock1956
Hancock1961
Hancock1969
Harrison1937
Harrison1955
Harrison1960
Harrison1968
Hendricks1939
Hendricks1958
Hendricks1967
Henry1936
Henry1940
Henry1956
Henry1961
Henry1969
Howard1938
Howard1957
Howard1964
Howard1972
Huntington1938
Huntington1957
Huntington1964
Huntington1972
Jackson1937
Jackson1949
Jackson1955
Jackson1960
Jackson1968
Jasper1939
Jasper1957
Jasper1963
Jasper1971
Jay1939
Jay1941
Jay1956
Jay1961
Jay1969
Jefferson1937
Jefferson1940
Jefferson1955
Jefferson1960
Jefferson1968
Jennings1937
Jennings1940
Jennings1955
Jennings1960
Jennings1968
Johnson1936
Johnson1941
Johnson1956
Johnson1962
Johnson1972
Knox1937
Knox1940
Knox1958
Knox1966
Kosciusko1938
Kosciusko1957
Kosciusko1965
Kosciusko1973
LaGrange1965
Lagrange1938
Lagrange1957
Lake1938
Lake1958
Lake1965
Lake1973
Lake1975
Laporte1939
Laporte1954
Laporte1958
Laporte1965
Lawrence1938
Lawrence1954
Lawrence1960
Lawrence1967
Madison1939
Madison1956
Madison1961
Madison1969
Marion1936
Marion1940
Marion1950
Marion1956
Marion1956
Marion1962
Marshall1939
Marshall1951
Marshall1957
Marshall1965
Marshall1973
Martin1940
Martin1958
Martin1966
MartinUND
Miami1938
Miami1941
Miami1957
Miami1964
Miami1972
Monroe1939
Monroe1954
Monroe1958
Monroe1967
Montgomery1939
Montgomery1955
Montgomery1963
Montgomery1971
Morgan1939
Morgan1946
Morgan1958
Morgan1967
Newton1939
Newton1957
Newton1963
Newton1971
Noble1938
Noble1957
Noble1965
Noble1973
Ohio1937
Ohio1940
Ohio1955
Ohio1960
Ohio1966
Orange1938
Orange1954
Orange1960
Orange1967
Owen1939
Owen1958
Owen1967
Parke1937
Parke1939
Parke1958
Parke1963
Parke1971
Perry1937
Perry1940
Perry1958
Perry1967
Pike1937
Pike1958
Pike1966
Porter1939
Porter1958
Porter1965
Porter1973
Posey1937
Posey1940
Posey1958
Posey1966
Pulaski1938
Pulaski1939
Pulaski1957
Pulaski1963
Pulaski1971
Putnam1939
Putnam1958
Putnam1967
Randolph1938
Randolph1941
Randolph1956
Randolph1961
Randolph1969
Ripley1937
Ripley1940
Ripley1955
Ripley1961
Ripley1968
Rush1940
Rush1956
Rush1961
Rush1969
RushUND
Scott1937
Scott1940
Scott1955
Scott1960
Scott1968
Shelby1936
Shelby1941
Shelby1956
Shelby1961
Shelby1968
Spencer1937
Spencer1940
Spencer1955
Spencer1960
Spencer1966
St. Joseph1938
St. Joseph1951
St. Joseph1957
St. Joseph1965
St. Joseph1973
Starke1938
Starke1939
Starke1951
Starke1957
Starke1965
Steuben1938
Steuben1957
Steuben1964
Steuben1973
Sullivan1937
Sullivan1958
Sullivan1966
Switzerland1937
Switzerland1940
Switzerland1955
Switzerland1960
Switzerland1966
Tippecanoe1938
Tippecanoe1951
Tippecanoe1957
Tippecanoe1963
Tippecanoe1971
Tipton1972
Union1936
Union1940
Union1956
Union1961
Union1969
Vanderburgh1940
Vanderburgh1958
Vanderburgh1966
VanderburghUND
Vermillion1939
Vermillion1955
Vermillion1962
Vermillion1972
Vigo1958
Vigo1966
Wabash1936
Wabash1941
Wabash1957
Wabash1964
Wabash1972
Warren1937
Warren1939
Warren1955
Warren1962
Warren1972
Warrick1938
Warrick1940
Warrick1958
Warrick1968
Washington1937
Washington1940
Washington1955
Washington1960
Washington1968
Wayne1936
Wayne1940
Wayne1956
Wayne1961
Wayne1969
Wells1940
Wells1957
Wells1964
Wells1972
WellsUND
White1938
White1957
White1963
White1963
White1971
Whitley1938
Whitley1957
Whitley1964
Whitley1972

Land Office Aerial Photos Now Available at the State Archives - Counties and Years

Adams1986
Allen1986
Bartholomew1976 and 1993
Benton1984
Blackford1984
Boone1986 and 1997
Brown1976 and 1993
Carroll1986
Cass1986
Clark

1976 and 1993

Clay1985 and 2000
Clinton1984
Crawford1976 and 1993
Daviess1989 and 1999
Dearborn1978 and 1995
Decatur1977/78 and 1993
DeKalb1986
Delaware1984/85
Dubois1985 and 1999
Elkhart1985 and 1998
Fayette1978 and 1995
Floyd1976 and 1993
Fountain1984
Franklin1978 and 1995
Fulton1986
Gibson1985 and 1999
Grant1984
Greene1985/86 and 2000
Hamilton1985 and 1997
Hancock1984 and 1997
Harrison1976/77 and 1993
Hendricks1985 and 1997
Henry1993
Howard1986
Huntington1987
Jackson1976 and 1993
Jasper1986
Jay1984
Jefferson1977 and 1995
Jennings1993
Johnson1978 and 1993
Knox1986 and 1998
Kosciusko1986
LaGrange1987 and 1998
Lake1986 and 1999
LaPorte1986 and 1998
Lawrence1976 and 1993
Madison1997
Marion1984/85 and 1994
Marshall1986
Martin1986 and 1999
Miami1987
Monroe1976 and 1993
Montgomery1984
Morgan1978 and 1993
Newton1986
Noble1986
Ohio1977/78 and 1995
Orange1976 and 1993
Owen1985 and 2000
Parke1986 and 2000
Perry1985
Pike1985 and 1999
Porter1988 and 1998
Posey1985
Pulaski1986
Putnam1985 and 2000
Randolph1979 and 1994
Ripley1977/78 and 1995
Rush1978 and 1993
Saint Joseph1986 and 1998
Scott1977 and 1993
Shelby1978 and 1993
Spencer1986
Starke1987
Steuben1986 and 1998
Sullivan1985 and 2000
Switzerland1978 and 1995
Tippecanoe1984
Tipton1985
Union1978 and 1995
Vanderburgh1985
Vermillion1986 and 2000
Vigo1986 and 2000
Wabash1986
Warren1984
Warrick1985
Washington1993
Wayne1978 and 1994
Wells1986
White1986
Whitley1987

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