About the collection
Search our collection of more than 30,000 historical digital images, photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, drawings and other visual materials. The collection is richest in portraits and snapshots of modern American physicists, astronomers and geophysicists but includes many other scientists as well as photos and illustrations of laboratories, telescopes, accelerators and other instruments, objects and places. High quality print and digital reproductions are available for purchase at low cost while our stock thumbnail images are free to download for educational, non-commercial uses.
The collection is named in honor of Emilio Segrè, best known for his Nobel Prize-winning work in nuclear and high-energy physics, but also an avid photographer and author of books on the history of modern physics.
The Visual Archives is part of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. It is supported by donations from the Friends of the AIP Center for History of Physics and by an endowment from Rosa Segrè.