Steps for Searching Our Collection
Here at Vintage Aerial, we receive hundreds of requests each day to find historic photos of family farms and rural homes. It is our desire to offer the highest quality of service on those requests, therefore it’s important to understand exactly how our process works.
We currently have an archive of over 25 million photographs. Digitizing, mapping, and indexing this collection is a momentous challenge. We insist on the utmost care at each stage of the process, to insure that each irreplaceable photograph is captured and preserved as perfectly as possible. This process is a work in progress.
To insure that you find the photo you are looking for, we offer the services of our Vintage Aerial Librarians. Our Librarians are experts at taking your information, searching our collection, and presenting you with a small pool of relevant photos.
Step One: Enter Relevant Information
Please fill in location information of the photo you’re looking for as accurately as possible, even if the homestead isn’t there anymore. We need location information in today’s terms, or in other words, a nearby address that would appear on a current map. Rural routes or owner names do not assist us in our search, however, townships and section numbers can be useful.
Once we receive your request, we will locate the relevant rolls of film we believe your photo to be on, and we will digitize them if necessary. This process usually takes 2-5 business days, but sometimes much sooner.
Step Two: View Your Photos
When the scanning process is complete, we will contact you by email to schedule an online viewing of the photos. This process is an important step in identifying your photo out of a small pool of photos relevant we have selected for you.
This step requires you to be on the phone and a computer with a high-speed internet connection.
Do I have to buy something or promise anything for a Vintage Aerial Librarian to research a photograph for me?
We want to share our collection with as many people as we can. If there is an old family homestead or great-grandma’s farm in your personal history, please let our Librarians help you find a picture of it. We invite you to view the photographs our Librarians find for you, free of charge.
If the photo stirs your memories, and we are confident it will, we simply ask that you consider investing in a family heirloom from Vintage Aerial.
Regardless of your choice, when the Librarian finds your picture, please consider sharing with us some of your memories or family stories relevant to the photo. We will add your story to the historical record we are creating. You can see the beginnings of our collection by viewing our Featured Stories.
We hope this information helps you in understanding how you can view our collection of historic aerial photographs. If you have any questions beyond what you’ve read here, feel free to view our FAQ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.