Special Collections holds several collections of aerial photographs. Two collections are digitally available: The RAF Aerial Photographs from 1943-1947 and The Grebbelinie from 1939.
How to find aerial photographs?
1. RAF Aerial Photographs, 1943 - 1947
The RAF Aerial Photographs are available via the Wageningen UR Geoportal. Access to the Wageningen UR Geoportal is free. In the Wageningen UR GeoPortal you can explore the photographs in a geographical context. You can select an area in the map or search by location, flight data, flight number or pilot name. Please read the Geoportal Help for further explanation. The collection comprises of approx. 94,250 photographs made by the Allied
Air Force (RAF) flying over the Netherlands. The flight dates range
from April 14th 1943 until June 18th 1947, but most are from 1944 and 1945. You can download a low resolution (150 dpi) for free or purchase a higher resolution photo.
2. Grebbelinie, 1939
This collection consists of 516 photographs taken by the
Survey Department of Public Works and Water Management (Meetkundige Dienst van Rijkswaterstaat) in September 1939. They
cover the defence line 'Grebbelinie' in the Dutch provinces Gelderland and
Utrecht on a scale of 1 : 10,000. The photos of the Grebbelinie are digitally available via Dotka Data. They are not available in the Wageningen UR Geoportal yet. You can download a low resolution (150 dpi) for free or purchase a higher resolution photo.
3. Other aerial photographs
Special Collections holds several smaller collections of aerial photographs, e.g. from the Nederlandse Luchtmacht from October 1962 - May 1963. More information at the reading room of Special Collections.
How to buy aerial photographs?
Do you want to purchase a (digital) copy? The analogue aerial photographs of the RAF Aerial Photographs and The Grebbelinie were scanned by the company Dotka Data who acts as the reseller for these collections of Wageningen UR.
quality copies of the scans (300 and 1200 dpi) can be purchased at
their web shop
or viewed and downloaded in lower resolution (150 dpi). None commercial, scholarly
users in the field of history and Wageningen UR students and employees
can apply for special tariffs to this tariff and discount agreement (both in Dutch).