Map and Geospatial Data Librarian
College of Letters & Science l Department of Geography
Jaime has been the Map & Geospatial Data Librarian at the Robinson Map Library since November 2003. She received her B.S. degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jaime is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, and assisting with access to library collections including maps, atlases, photos, and digital geospatial data. She teaches introductory workshops in GIS and does course-related instruction in Geography, Landscape Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning, and Library & Information Studies.
Aerial photographs are extremely useful research resources for visualizing how landscapes have changed over time. Wisconsin’s first comprehensive aerial flight was completed by the United States Department of Agriculture between 1937 and 1941. Originally archived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Robinson Map Library, these photographs have been digitally preserved and are now available for viewing and downloading online. This presentation offers a historical narrative of aerial photography in the United States with an emphasis on Wisconsin, and it will highlight the Wisconsin Historic Aerial Image Finder, an online application developed by the State Cartographer’s Office to view and download the oldest imagery in our state.
This talk will cover an overview of maps, plats and aerial photos in the UW Robinson Map Library that might be helpful for genealogists. In addition to physical materials on campus, she will also cover collections like the AGSL at UW-Milwaukee, the Library of Congress, and easily accessible online historic map and plat book collections.
The beginnings of the federal aerial photography program are rooted within in the USDA in the late 1930s. Aerials were used for assessing agricultural field crops following the depression – an effort to research ways to drive up commodity prices. This talk discusses the different ways aerial photos have been used throughout history, but also – through visual examples – shows how extremely beautiful they are. The Robinson Map Library at UW-Madison has the largest collection of historic aerial photos in the state. Many of the aerial views of our Wisconsin landscape can be seen as works of art.
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