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Graber collection of aerial photography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-1997-02

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Primarily consists of aerial photograph negatives (4” x 5”; b&w); also includes one box of photographic prints, 7 logbooks (circa 1949- 1963), and one aerial photography camera.


  • Created: 1949-1990
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1997


Conditions Governing Access

None.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at for more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

As early as 1949, Robert Graber and his company, Airflite Aerial Photographers, began photographing the growth of Florida’s west coast.  By the time Graber stopped taking aerial photographs in 1990, the St. Petersburg photographer had accumulated approximately 27,000 aerial shots. The Graber Collection of Aerial Photography consists of more than 8,000 individual photographic negatives spanning 1949-1990.  The photographs are dated and indexed according to the records of the original photographer; logbooks provide additional information about many of the aerial shots.  Most of the photographs, which were taken by Graber with a K-24 military surveillance camera, document land development and construction on Florida’s west coast.


5.00 Linear Feet

4 boxes other_unmapped

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Ken Taylor purchased the photographs from Dorothea Gaber, the wideo of photographer Bob Graber.

Source of Acquisition

Ken and JoAnne Taylor

Method of Acquisition


Other Descriptive Information


Archon Finding Aid Title
Tomaro I. Taylor
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Code for undetermined script
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US