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

Happy holidays from us to you! Here are some photos to accompany three do-it-yourself cutout snowflake templates made by our creative staff here at AIP and loosely based on some images from our Emilio Segrè Visual Archives!
November is National Novel Writing Month and regardless of if you are participating, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a selection of physicists and scientists who are also novelists themselves. Often, these novels tend to be influenced by the real-life works of the scientists who write them.
Portrait of E. Margaret Burbidge
It's Nobel season and we are showcasing some of the women who were nominated, but never received, a Nobel Prize in Physics.
This month, we're highlighting physicists meeting with world leaders after we were inspired by finding a photo of Prince Philip at the dedication of one of AIP’s former locations in Manhattan.
Our excitement about the August 21st eclipse, which will be viewable across the United States, got us thinking about how physicists and astronomers of the past viewed solar eclipses. As we do every month, we dug into the photograph archives, this time to find some images of solar eclipse expeditions and gatherings.
July’s Photos of the Month take us around the world with John Irwin, showcasing some of the portraits of astronomers taken in his professional travels.
In honor of Father's Day, we’re spending some time this June remembering physicists who were fathers and the men who raised some of the most prominent physical scientists.
Spend some time this May leading up to Mother’s Day reflecting and remembering physicists who were mothers and women who raised some of the most well-known scientists in history.
In celebration of Take your Kid to Work Day, we’re sharing a series of photographs of physicists when they were kids.
We are celebrating Women’s History Month with a set of photographs from our archives of women who impacted their unique subfields of the physical sciences.