Michigan County and Statewide Historic Aerial Imagery Archive


The RS&GIS Aerial Imagery Archive is home to the largest repository of remotely-sensed imagery for the State of Michigan. The collection features:

  • County and statewide historic aerial photography datasets acquired by state and federal agencies dating from the 1920's to the 2000's.
  • The Archive generally maintains at least one photoset per decade for every location in Michigan
  • County, State, and Federal digital orthoimagery datasets.
  • GIS-ready datasets
  • Unique datasets such as Great Lakes shoreline imagery, high altitude color infrared photography, large-scale project-level photography, etc.

The majority of the collection has been scanned. Imagery may be ordered via e-mail/phone/fax and delivered via digital transfer over the Internet. Imagery may also be accessed on site by appointment.


Geography Building, 2nd Floor, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.


Land use/cover professionals; state and local utilities agencies; mapping/cartographers.


MSU Remote Sensing and GIS Research and Outreach Services (RS&GIS).

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