The 1937-1938 Aerial Photographs
of Mary Upjohn Meader
The University of Kansas is proud to host a unique aerial photography exhibit by famed geographer Mary Upjohn Meader. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 16 - Nov. 16 at the University of Kansas' Spooner Hall. The display is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
|Pictured above are some of the photos from the collection on display. Visit Spooner Hall to view the entire exhibit.|
On Sept. 16, 1937, Mary Upjohn took off from her home airport in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to begin an extraordinary project. Her goal was an aerial photographic transect of western South America and another of East Africa. In the pilot’s seat was her first husband, Richard U. Light. Besides being the photographer, Mary was the radio operator and co-pilot. When her three-continent journey was complete, Mary had taken over two thousand photographs and captured many important features for the first time. The purpose of Mary and Richard’s expedition was to record land forms, farms, ports, and industrial facilities. Many of the photographs on display in this exhibit have never before been published.
|Get a map and directions to KU's historic Spooner Hall, which is pictured above and is the site of the photography exhibit.|