Your Gifts in Action: Air Photo Digitization


Matt Hargraves contemplating the future archive website.

We are happy to report that as of 9 August we have succeeded in scanning the vast majority of the air photo collection. The collection – which was used by 1st Canadian Air Photo Interpretation Section (IAPIS) during the campaign in Normandy and Northwest Europe – provides extensive coverage of First Canadian Army’s area of operation in Normandy, the coast north of the Seine in France and Belgium, much of the Netherlands, and the northern sector of the German Rhineland where Canadians fought in February – March 1945. Because the collection will be vital for future research, we are now working hard to design ways to offer our collection to the public on an online platform.

Our goal is to archive the collection online in an intuitive and highly accessible fashion. In order to produce for the public a quality archive, we have developed a student-employment program which will not only produce a quality online archive, but also give students hands-on training which will prepare them for future positions, and inspire research.

This program seeks to:

– reveal the value of our air photo collection to the general public

– hire students on a part-time basis throughout the school term

– train students practical archiving methods

– train students in building a website to store and display our collection

By making a gift to LCMSDS, you’re contribution will go along way in enabling us to hire and inspire students, while at the same time delivering our resources to the public. Please consider supporting our work by clicking here.






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Kellen Kurschinski

1 Comment

  1. RWMDRON -  May 10, 2014 - 5:44 pm 20873

    Interesting idea on archiving the photographs! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.


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