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Research Tip #8

CSCIC Aerial Photos

The Archives has aerial photographs of New York State created by the Department of Transportation (DOT) from the 1930s to 2000. The images are known as CSCIC aerial photographs because prior coming to the Archives, they were transferred from DOT to the state Office for Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC). They are in two sets: 9 x 9 inches (Series B2009-09) and 17 x 17 inches (Series B2009-09A).  Photos are either 1:24000 or 1:40000 in scale.

To search for images, researchers must know the USGS/ NYS DOT 7.5 minute quadrangle name. Images are NOT indexed by name of the locality, street address, or tax parcel number. 

Researchers can determine the names of quadrangles covering geographic areas of interest by consulting the U.S. Geological Survey key map to NYS quadrangles. Select 1:24,000 Digital Raster Quads.

Researchers are advised to visit the Archives to review all pertinent aerial photographs. Offsite researchers: Archives staff will not search for images of specific localities or structures. Staff will provide a list of aerial photos present within the desired quadrangle.