Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

More than 30,000 photos of scientists and their work

Attention ESVA patrons:

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives’ site is moving soon and adopting an open access approach to digital image sharing. Once we have transitioned to the new site in 2021, we will no longer charge for our high-resolution digital images or usage fees (note that we do not hold copyright to all the images in our collections and you will still need to obtain permission for those which we do not own).

If you are working on a long-term project, we advise you to wait until the migration is complete so that you may obtain our copies for free. If you cannot wait, email us at nbl [at] aip.org and we will do what we can to assist you. We will not be offering refunds for past purchases.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page on the Ex Libris Universum blog. 

Donating photos to the archives

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives is the most popular collection in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives, drawing requests for over 2000 photographs a year. The photographs are provided on a non-profit basis, strictly for educational use.

The collection is built on materials we receive from personal collections. We are always delighted to receive donations of photographs, films, videotapes and other visual materials. We particularly welcome pictures of scientists; not only formal portraits but also snapshots of them at work, with colleagues or family, on vacation, and in other social situations.

How to donate

Email: If you are donating just a few images amounting to less than 10 MB per message, then you can e-mail them to photos [at] aip.org.

FTP: If you’d like to give us a large number of electronic images, contact photos [at] aip.org for directions on how to upload to our FTP server.

By Fed Ex: You can send us materials by using our Federal Express account (please contact us for our account number), and if you wish we can return your originals after we make copies. You can also have copies made at our expense and then mail them to us. In either case we'll be glad to reimburse all expenses of copying and postage.

Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Digital format requirements: We prefer scans made at a target size of larger than 8x10 inches and at 300dpi.

If your collection is large, we would be glad to discuss means of organizing and selecting pictures to donate. Our normal credit line, which all users of our images must show, is "Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.", but the donor can designate additional credit, such as "Photograph by..." or include any additional source or copyright information for the photographs.

If you would like to assist our effort to "give science a human face" with a tax-deductible contribution of visual materials, please contact us for details.