Aerial Photographs

Ever wonder what the Oklahoma landscape looked like in decades gone by?

Well, the Archives houses a collection of aerial photographs covering all of the state’s 77 counties, from the late 1930s through the 1960s.

Arranged by county and flight number, these photographs were taken by the Agricultural Adjustment Administration of the United States Department of Agriculture and retained by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. More recent aerial photographs are housed at Oklahoma State University.

To access aerial photos, one must have a legal description (section, township, and range).

The photos are generally available in two scales (1 inch = 1/3 mile and 1 inch = 1/8 mile) They can be looked at with or without a stereoscopic viewer and are plotted by legal description.

You may wish to view or download an index of the aerial photograph collection.


  • Outdoor Oklahoma, Volume 22, Number 1, January 1966
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation dedicated to the conservation of Oklahoma natural resources and to the continued benefits of wildlife and fisheries for hunters, fishermen, trappers and others of this and future generations who value the opportunities of outdoor recreation.
  • Annual Report of the Department of Charities and Corrections, 1955
    Annual report of the Department of Charities and Corrections submitted by Buck Cook, Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, to Raymond Gary, Governor of Oklahoma, for the year ending June 30, 1955.
  • Oklahoma game and fish news, Volume 1, Number 1, January 1945
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma State Game and Fish Commission published in the interest of Oklahoma hunters, fishermen, trappers, naturalists, and wildlife conservationists.
  • Oklahoma wildlife, Volume 21, Number 1, January 1965
    Official monthly newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation dedicated to the conservation of Oklahoma natural resources and to the continued benefits of wildlife and fisheries for hunters, fishermen, trappers and others of this and future generations who value the opportunities of outdoor recreation.
  • Annual Report of the Department of Charities and Corrections, 1953
    Annual report of the Department of Charities and Corrections submitted by Buck Cook, Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, to Johnston Murray, Governor of Oklahoma, for the year ending December 31, 1953.