The Kansas Aerial Photography Initiative (KAPI) makes available select black and white aerial photographs of Kansas dating between the 1950s and 1970s. These photographs are part of a collection of over 65,000 historic U.S. Department of Agriculture photographs and provide a pictorial record of the cultural and physical features of a large portion of the state. All images are in the public domain.
Users can identify and select specific photographs from photomosaic index sheets and request digital copies. Digital copies are delivered via email or ftp, or downloaded from the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), Kansas State University's digital repository.
How to use this site to request digital images
- Select a county - locate the name of a county on the map. Click on the county to display a list of index sheet images.
- Display an index sheet - click on an index sheet number to view a photomosaic index sheet of the individual photographs covering an area within a county. There may be multiple index sheets for the county. Zoom in to identify individual photographs
- Identify the desired photograph(s) - in the upper right hand corner of each photograph is a unique white alpha-numeric identification code (e.g. ZB-1KK-38). Use this number when requesting a digital image.
- Determine if K-State Libraries has the desired photograph(s) - Click "Check image availability here" below the index sheet to access the inventory of the photographs available for each index sheet. The location and identification codes on the inventory match the location and identification codes on the index sheet. If a cell in the inventory is shaded grey, the photograph is not available.
- Access images in K-REx - if the inventory sheet indicates an image is available online through K-REx, clicking the image number initiates a K-REx search. Click on the title and then View/Open.
- Order Images - If a digital image is available but not in K-REx, enter the alpha-numeric photo number for the desired image(s) in the "Identification Code" box on the KAPI image request form. Images are scanned at 600 ppi and saved as uncompressed TIFF files. Include your contact information and any comments or instructions. Library staff will contact you with instructions on obtaining the digital image(s) you requested.