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. 

Photos of the Month Archive

James Stith presents a lesson to unidentified students.
Photos of the Month is primarily a visual medium, but this month, it’s time to listen up and reflect.
Join us in appreciating the important relationships in our lives with this digital photo album of scientific friendships.
Portrait of E. Margaret Burbidge
Join us to honor the late Eleanor Margaret Burbidge with images taken throughout her career.
Annie Jump Cannon
This March we are featuring photos of some recipients of the AAS Annie Jump Cannon Award.
Portrait of Mildred Allen at her 80th birthday celebration at Mount Holyoke College.
For the February Photos of the Month, we are sharing a few of the lovely images from our newly acquired Blustine Collection!
Hedwig Kohn
To promote the work we did for the campaign 1Lib1Ref, we are basing the Photos of the Month on our Wikipedia updates! Each photo will depict the person or entity whose Wikipedia page (or a page related to their work) was revised by staff.
Niels and Aage Bohr
This time of year is often associated with family gatherings. So, for the December Photos of the Month, we're exploring some images of physicists who saw science as a family affair.
Emilio Segrè enjoying the outdoors.
This month, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday, we’ve selected the Photos of the Month with thanksgiving and gratefulness in mind. Join us in exploring some ESVA photos that show facets of life that we're taking some time to appreciate this November.
Participants of the first Pugwash Conference, 1957.
The Emilio Segré Visual Archives presents the Photos of the Month for the time ever on the Ex Libris Universum blog! In light of this, our theme for the month of October is firsts! Join us in exploring some ESVA images that depict scientists who broke barriers, took risks, and received first-time honors throughout their careers.
A race horse’s leg is diagnosed with an x-ray in Lexington, Kentucky.
A collection of some favorite shots which are humorous, endearing, or completely different than what we've shared before. Which are your favorite photos from our collections?