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This guide highlights select resources that will help you get started with research about architecture.

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Maps and Aerial Photographs

Library of Congress Maps are forms part of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress

Google Earth: zoom in from "space" to an address, a landmark (including architectural works), or any point on the globe specified by latitude/longitude coordinates. Users can superimpose layers such as "3D buildings." Requires free download to access historical images.

Microsoft Research Maps: provides access to U.S. Geological Survey digital aerial photographs and digital topographic maps.

University of Texas at Austin Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection: index to a wide variety of online map resources including historical views of American cities. 

See also: Maps and Atlases in the Cal Poly Pomona Library guide

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