About Aerial Archives | San Francisco
An extensive selection of current and historical oblique (at an angle) and vertical (straight down) aerial photography of San Francisco and beyond is available from Aerial Archives. These pages contain a searchable database of aerial photographs of this collection The library covers most portions of San Francisco and include skyline aerial photographs of San Francisco, high aerial overviews and detailed aerial photographs of specific buildings, parks, pier and other features.
There are several ways to find aerial photographs of San Francisco that match your needs here. You can browse by various galleries: aerial photographs are organized into separate galleries by neighborhood, district or subject matter--and a listing with links to those galleries is available on this page.
You can also search the aerial photographs of San Francisco contained in this database by building name, neighborhood or other characteristics or keywords. Simply type that information into the search box located on the top right of every page.
The advanced search function enables to you restrict the results of your search by a range of dates when aerial photographs were taken, by their orientation and by other parameters.The aerial photographs in this database do not include many vertical (straight down) or historical aerial photographs of San Francisco, though we do have an extensive collection of both. Vertical aerial photography includes very recent imagery through a flight from the 1930s that covers the entire city. Oblique historical aerial photography of San Francisco also goes back to the mid 1920s.
For historical aerial photography of San Francisco, we recommend that you use the pdf research request form.
Additional information about obtaining existing aerial photography of San Francisco is also available at aerial photography research.
Here is a listing of links to galleries of oblique aerial photography of San Francisco, in case you want to browse the aerial photographs by gallery.Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
North Beach | Telegraph Hill
Pier 70 | Potrero Point
San Francisco International Airport
Skyscrapers and High Rise Office Towers
South Beach China Basin and vicinity
For additional details about the San Francisco aerial photography collection please visit:
Information about vertical aerial photography of San Francisco is available at:
Aerial Archives also creates aerial photography of San Francisco on assignment.