School of Humanities

Archives of Middle Eastern aerial photographs

There are many other archives of aerial photographs of Middle East countries in various locations.

Locations

Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre
Amman, Jordan. The Centre holds the original negatives for various surveys dating back to 1953 and covering various parts of Jordan at differing scales. For example, see Hunting Aerial Survey (RSAME). The archive also includes aerial photographs taken by the Royal Air Force in the 1940s.
Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
Abt. IV Kriegsarchiv, Munich, Germany. The Bavarian archive contains aerial photographs taken by the German air force operating in what are now Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel and Jordan during the First World War.
Australian War Memorial
Canberra, Australia. The memorial holds photographs taken by the Royal Australian Flying Corps / Air Force over Palestine and Transjordan in the last part of the First World War. It also includes photographs taken by the German Air Force and seized by Australian forces.
Royal Air Force (UK)
The RAF holds thousands of mainly vertical aerial photos of Jordan, Israel, Palestine and southern Syria. Most date to the 1940s.
Packard Humanities Institute
Palo Alto, California, United States. The Institute's collection includes aerials owned by a pilot of the German Air Force flying in southern Syria, Palestine and Transjordan in the First World War.
L’Armée de l'Air
The French air force in Syria took many aerial photographs over their mandates of Syria and Lebanon (including what is now the Hatay province of Turkey).
Antoine Poidebard Archive
Beirut, Lebanon. Photographs taken by Père Antoine Poidebard while being flown by the French Air Force over Syria and Lebanon, 1920-50s. Some flights penetrated into British Transjordan. The archive has its own website.
University College London, Institute of Archaeology Archives
University of London, London, UK. The archives contain several thousand aerial photographs of Middle East countries from Iran to Egypt. Most were those collected by O.G.S. Crawford, pioneer of aerial archaeology and founder of the journal, Antiquity, during a visit to the RAF bases in the Middle East in the 1920s (Crawford 1929; cf. Kennedy and Bewley 2009). A smaller group consists of aerial photographs taken by Sir Aurel Stein over Iraq and Transjordan in 1938-39.
Imperial War Museum
London, UK.
The National Archives
London, UK.The records relating to the administration of the British Mandates of Iraq, Transjordan and Iraq contain aerial photographs. The archives also contain some German aerial photographs taken during the First World War.
British Museum
London, UK.
British Academy
London, UK. The Academy has copies of 670 prints taken by Sir Aurel Stein over Iraq and Transjordan in 1938-39.
Defense Mapping Agency
Washington DC, USA.