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COLLECTION Identifier: PH.GL.001

British gardens aerial photographs collection

Scope and Contents

Contains aerial photographs of historic estates and gardens in the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). The vast majority of the material relates to English sites with some coverage of Scotland, but minimal representation for Ireland and Wales.


  • circa 1900s-1980s

Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: An inventory of the collection is available here: For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (


6.3 linear feet (15 boxes)


Photographs are organized by location - region (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), county, and estate - filed alphabetically within each grouping.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The source of this collection is unknown. However, some photographs have labels that indicate that the original negatives are from the Cambridge University Aerial Photography Committee, the Courtauld Institute, the National Monuments Record, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

Existence and Location of Originals

Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge: The Courtauld Institute of Art, Image Libraries: The National Collection of Aerial Photography, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: National Library of Aerial Photographs, Archive Collections, English Heritage:
British gardens aerial photographs collection, circa 1900s-1980s : Finding Aid
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

With more than a million unique and historical items, archival collections in ICFA represent the three areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks: Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape. Collections are generally comprised of administrative records, fieldwork papers, photographic prints, negatives, slides, oversize drawings, and moving images. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9:30am-12pm and 1-4:40pm (excpet Federal Holidays).

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