The collection consists of approximately 18,000 aerial photos in various sizes and formats dating from 1919 to the present.
Digital images have been linked from the indexes for those aerial photos that are no longer restricted by copyright. All other air photos are available only in paper, hard-copy format and must be viewed in the Map Collection.
The City of Hamilton also has digital air photo overlays available as a feature of its imapper viewer on the map.hamilton.ca website. The photos cover the years from 1999 to the present.
Original Aerial Photo Index: The traditional, Google Maps-based index [Soon to be removed]
Request Form to view paper photos
Digitized historical aerial photos can be viewed and downloaded from McMaster Library's Digital Archive.
Many thanks to our student assistants:
Huyen Dam, Sara Hamilton, Lisa Leoni, Victoria Balkwill Tweedie, Katie Maloney & Nick Luymes
for their contribution to the creation of these indexes.