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

Rosa and Emilio Segrè at Los Alamos in April 1983.
The ways we name things in the field of physics often make reference to remarkable figures in science history. This month, we’re looking at the physicists whose names grace observatories, theoretical concepts, scholarships, and more.
William Walkinshaw cooking hamburgers on a grill.
Whether you’re traveling across the world or just across the neighborhood to a barbecue this summer, let this month’s photos from the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives of summer treats, drinks, and meals get you ready for a summer of delicious tastes.
This month, we’re drawing inspiration from physicists who have served as mentors in the past.
Dmitri Mendeleev's handwritten periodic table of the elements.
2019 marks 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev first published a periodic table of chemical elements in 1869. This month’s photos from our archives look at Mendeleev’s original table and shine light on a few scientists who contributed to our modern understanding of the elements.
Physicists have been in the public eye for generations; this month's photos feature physicists who were in the media, either as the feature or behind-the-scenes.
Elizabeth Wood served as the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) President in 1957. Credit: Photograph by Bradford Bachrach, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives
This month, we’re featuring more photos than usual, to highlight the ten scientists who were the first women to be the presidents of AIP’s ten member societies. These women were trailblazers in their organizations and in physics history.
Joanne Simpson performing a meteorological study in flight, circa 1960.
We have a host of meteorologists, both past and present, to thank for our ability to predict the weather and overall climate patterns. This month, we’re looking back at some photos of meteorologists from our Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.
In this, the first Photos of the Month series of 2019, we’re looking back at photos captured during moments in physics history a century ago.
December’s Photos of the Month showcases some mystery photos that we've identified this year thanks to our followers.
This month, we’re coming up for air and looking at elevated physics equipment, high above the surface of the Earth.