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Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey

Edwin J. Foscue Map Library


Aerial Survery Grid Grid: 014, Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 025, Northwest Highway - Marion Drive (Same location as Marsh Lane) (Labeled) Grid: 036, Walnut Hill Lane - Midway Road (Labeled) Grid: 047, Preston Hollow (Labeled) Grid: 058, North Park Mall Site, Presbyterian Hospital, Site of Town of Vickery (Labeled) Grid: 069, White Rock Creek (Labeled) Grid: 080, Audelia Road - Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 087, Northwest Highway - Kingsley Road (Labeled) Grid: 007, Elm Fork of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 015, Northwest Highway - Denton Road (Labeled) Grid: 026, Dallas Love Field, Bachman Lake (Labeled) Grid: 037, Midway Road - Northwest Highway (Labeled) Grid: 048, University Park Area (Labeled) Grid: 059, Southern Methodist University, Northeast (Labeled) Grid: 060, Southern Methodist University, Southeast (Labeled) Grid: 070, White Rock Lake Northwest (Labeled) Grid: 071, Mockingbird Lane - Abrams Road (Labeled) Grid: 072, Lakewood Area (Labeled) Grid: 073, East Dallas, Samuel Boulevard - East Grand Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 074, Dolphin Road - Haskell Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 075, Second Avenue - Hatcher Street (Labeled) Grid: 076, Roosevelt Heights Neighborhood (Labeled) Grid: 077,  Linfield Road - US Highway 75 (Labeled) Grid: 078, Ledbetter Road, Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 079, Old Hutchins Road - Simpson Road (Labeled) Grid: 081, White Rock Lake Northeast, Flagpole Hill (Labeled) Grid: 082, White Rock Lake Southeast, Bath House (Labeled) Grid: 083, White Rock Lake, DeGoyler Estate (Site of Dallas Arboretum) (Labeled) Grid: 084, Jim Miller Road - Samuel Boulevard (Labeled) Grid: 085, Urbandale / Parkdale Neighborhoods (Labeled) Grid: 086, Scyene Road - Jim Miller Road (Labeled) Grid: 089, Garland Road - Centerville Road (Labeled) Grid: 090, Oates Drive - Peavy Road (Labeled) Grid: 091, John West Road - Buckner Boulevard (Labeled) Grid: 092, Buckner Boulevard - Forney Road (Labeled) Grid: 093, Buckner Boulevard - Scyene Road (Labeled) Grid: 001, Grauwyler Road - Brittain Road (Labeled) Grid: 005, Ft Worth Road (West Davis / State Highway 1 / US Highway 80) - Jefferson Boulevard Extension (Labeled) Grid: 006, Mountain Creek Lake (Future Site) (Labeled) Grid: 016, Grauwyler Road - Union Bower Road (Labeled) Grid: 017, East Levee of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 002, Downtown Irving (Labeled) Grid: 003, Vilbig Road - Senter Road (Labeled) Grid: 004, West Fork of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 005, Ft Worth Road (West Davis / State Highway 1 / US Highway 80) - Jefferson Boulevard Extension (Labeled) Grid: 088, Northwest Highway - Jupiter Road (Labeled) Grid: 008, Grauwyler Road - Carl Road (Labeled) Grid: 027, Denton Drive - Lovers Lane (Labeled) Grid: 028, Record Crossing Road - Bennett / Grauwyler Road (Labeled) Grid: 029, Hampton Road - Vilbig Road (Labeled) Grid: 030, Eagle Ford Pike - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 038, Area Southeast and East of Lovefield (Labeled) Grid: 039, Old Parkland Hospital Area, Oak Lawn Avenue - Maple Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 040, Site of Dal-Hi Stadium, Reverchon Park, Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 041, Inner Kessler Boulevard / Kessler Boulevard - Sylvan Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 042, Methodist Hospital Area, Zang's - Colorado, North Oak Cliff (Labeled) Grid: 043, Marsalis Park / Marsalis Zoo Area (Labeled) Grid: 044, Illinois Avenue - Marsalis Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 045, Overton Road - Marsalis Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 046, Polk Street / Uhl Road - Red Bird Lane (Labeled) Grid: 049, University Park Area (Labeled) Grid: 050, Oaklawn Avenue - Blackburn Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 051, Downtown Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 009, Coppell Road (Renamed Irving Boulevard) - Irving Heights Road (Labeled) Grid: 010, Shady Grove Road - Irving Heights Road (Labeled) Grid: 011, Town of Eagle Ford; West Levee of the Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 012, Town of Arcadia Park (Labeled) Grid: 013, Jefferson Boulevard - Ledbetter Drive (Portion renamed Walton Walker Boulevard) (Labeled) Grid: 018, East Levee, West Levee, Trinity River (Labeled) Grid: 019, Westmoreland Avenue - Eagle Ford Pike / Coppell Road (Labeled) Grid: 020, Westmoreland Avenue - Eighth Street (Labeled) Grid: 021, Westmoreland Avenue - Cockrell Hill Road (Labeled) Grid: 022, Cockrell Hill Road - Mountain Lake Road (Renamed Illinois Avenue) (Labeled) Grid: 023, Cockrell Hill Road - Westmoreland Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 024, Red Bird Lane - Cockrell Hill Road (Labeled) Grid: 031, Davis Street - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 032, Jim Town, Jefferson Avenue - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 033, Hampton Road - Mountain Lake Road (Labeled) Grid: 034, Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 035, Red Bird Lane - Hampton Road (Labeled) Grid: 052, Deep Elm ("Deep Ellum"); Downtown Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 053, Jefferson Boulevard - Eighth Street (Labeled) Grid: 054, Cedar Crest Boulevard - Bonnie View Road (Labeled) Grid: 055, Illinois Avenue - Lancaster Road (Labeled) Grid: 056, Lancaster Road - Ledbetter Drive (Labeled) Grid: 057, Houston School Road, Laurel Land Cemetery (Labeled) Grid: 061, Greenville Avenue - Ross Avenue (Labeled) Grid: 062, Baylor Hospital Area (Labeled) Grid: 063, South Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 064, South Dallas (Labeled) Grid: 065, Southerland Avenue - Sargent Road (Labeled) Grid: 066, Fruitdale (Town), Bonnie View Road (Labeled) Grid: 067, Bonnie View Road - Ledbetter Drive (Labeled) Grid: 068, Simpson Road - Lancaster Road / State Highway 342 (Labeled)

The 93 images in the Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey digital collection represent a complete set of air images commissioned by the City of Dallas and photographed by Sherman Mills Fairchild in October of 1930 flying out of Love Field. SMU's Edwin J. Foscue Map Library retains in its collections all but eight of the 93 images as well as a photo image of the master grid map (on right). All images are 19” x 23.5” prints.

Edwin J. Foscue Map Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.

The Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey complements the Dallas Aerial Photographs, 1945 USDA Survey and the Miscellaneous Aerial Views of Dallas, 1930s-1940s. A related digital collection, White Rock Lake Aerial Photographs, 1927 Fairchild Survey, is available from the DeGolyer Library.

Aerial Survey Grid

To view an individual high resolution image, click on the yellow dot associated with the area of the map you wish to examine. When you do so, you will be taken to the web page for that image that contains a high quality aerial photograph with yellow markers and a corresponding legend of places. Place names are displayed in the key below the image. To zoom in and move around, use the tool bar across the top of the image. The small image to the left will tell you what part of the photograph you are viewing by displaying a shaded red area around the portion of the image you are viewing.

Each image also contains a link to the unlabeled version of the same photograph.

About the Collection

About the Originals

The City of Dallas Municipal Archives retains copy negatives for most of these prints. Dallas Archivist John Slate believes these copy negatives were produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s. They are not the original negatives from the 1930 aerial survey. While several libraries house some or all of the 1930 prints, no known set of the original negatives exists.

The Edwin J. Foscue Map Library worked with regional historian George Cearley to create identifications for more than 3,500 specific landmarks within these aerial photographs. These identifications are available online as an overlay so the images and identifications may be explored not only by zooming in and out but also by offering unique tags that name and describe what the viewer is seeing. This replicates the physical overlays created in the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library.

About Fairchild Aerial Surveys

Fairchild K-3

Aerial photography began in the nineteenth century from balloons. It expanded in the First World War (1914-18) when the value of military reconnaissance from airplanes became obvious. After the war, photography from the air came quickly to be used for a variety of purposes. For example geological surveying, mapping, and, in the case of photographing cities from the air, tax assessment. As cities expanded, it proved far quicker and cheaper to make the maps needed for tax purposes from pictures taken from airplanes than by traditional surveying techniques on the ground.

Sherman Mills Fairchild (the son, incidentally, of a man whose company eventually developed into IBM) was by 1919 a leader in the design of cameras for aerial photography. In 1924 he founded Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. The company’s first contract was to produce a photo-map of Newark, New Jersey. Fairchild soon also began producing airplanes. His FC-2, first made in 1927, was a five-seat, high-wing monoplane. The type could be, and often was, used for aerial photography. The Fairchild airplane company went out of business in 2002, although one of its products, the A10-A Thunderbird II (also known as the “Warthog”), a powerful ground-support plane, is still in service with the United States Air Force. (Contributed by Peter Bakewell, Aviation Historian, SMU).

Project Contributors

George Cearley (historic identifications), Sarah Roberts (metadata entry), John Slate (City of Dallas Archivist), Dawn Youngblood (curator), nCDS (digitization, metadata, web design).

Scholarly Reviewers: Peter Bakewell, John Chavez, Bonnie Jacobs, Ben Johnson, Darwin Payne.

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the nCDS Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

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