Atlantic City Free Public Library Collection of Atlantic City Photographs, 2007 Aerial Photographs

Date: October 15, 2007
Collection Number: H009.2007a

Extent: 161 digital photographs in both TIF and JPG formats; 161 8.5” by 11” color prints

Repository: Alfred M. Heston Collection, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-2269.

Preferred Citation: Atlantic City Free Public Library Collection of Atlantic City Photographs, 2007 Aerial Photographs (H009.2007a), Alfred M. Heston Collection, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

In October 2007 the Atlantic City Free Public Library hired Artist In the Sky, an aerial photography company from Lake Village, Indiana, to make a visual record of Atlantic City. The Library determined to do this as many changes were occurring in Atlantic City at the time; the Sands Casino was demolished just days after the photo shoot and Revel Entertainment was clearing land in the Inlet area for a new casino.

Artist In the Sky captured the digital photographs in this collection on October 15, 2007 from a Cessna airplane using a Canon EOS-5D camera.

From Downbeach looking Uptown along beach. (2007, H009.2007a.9749) [Artist in the Sky for ACFPL]
From Absecon Inlet looking toward ocean. (2007, H009.2007a.9716) [Artist in the Sky for ACFPL]


Scope and Content:
The 161 individual digital images in this collection were captured on October 15, 2007 using a Canon EOS-5D camera. The images represent all areas of Atlantic City. Images were taken primarily from the water - the Bay, Inlet, or the Atlantic Ocean, but all neighborhoods of the City are visible.

Each image was transmitted to the Atlantic City Free Public Library as a TIF file format and as a JPG file format in 4 compression levels (33%, 50%, 75%, and 100%). Digital files were delivered to ACFPL on five DVD-R discs. TIF and JPG (100%) files were transferred to a server for digital preservation.

Digital files and prints were numbered according the digital file name assigned by the camera. Photograph descriptions were assigned by the archivist based on geological and manmade landmarks visible in each image.

System of Arrangement:
The 161 images were printed in July 2008 on 8.5” by 11” archival paper with archival ink by Arc Reprographics of Absecon, New Jersey. The printed images are housed in two boxes for researcher use. Box 1 contains images 9625 to 9709 and Box 2 contains images 9710 to 9785.

Digital images are stored in various formats by file name. Generally, researchers may not access the original digital images without special permission from the Heston Room archivist.


Related Materials: The Heston Collection contains other aerial and panoramic photographs from other years, the majority of which are in the Atlantic City Free Public Library Collection of Atlantic City Photographs (H009). Two other collections containing exclusively aerial photographs are the Studio 9 Photo Center Aerial Photographs Collection (H062) and the Karabashian Eddington Planning Group, LLC Collection of Photographs of Atlantic City (H004).

The Heston Collection also contains books, clippings files, and information about many of the buildings and landmarks visible in the photographs, as well as other photographs and postcards related to the landmarks.

Access Points:
Aerial Photographs – Atlantic City (N.J.) – 2007
Panoramas – Atlantic City (N.J.)
Casinos – Atlantic City (N.J.)
Beach – Atlantic City (N.J.)

Processing Note: The collection is processed and available for research. Finding aid and descriptions written June 2009 by archivist, Heather Halpin Pérez.

Copyright Notice: The Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the copyright for these photographs. Please contact the Heston Room archivist for more information and for permission to use the photographs.


For a description of each image, please download the finding aid in PDF form.

Please refer to both the image name and description when requesting a copy of the photograph. Copy and research fees apply.

Finding Aid published 16 June 2009.