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

We’ve chosen to highlight some of our well-known physicists behind the lens.
The Optical Society of America is celebrating its centennial in 2016.
Stuck together like electrons and protons by an electromagnetic force, so were these famous physicist couples.
An extraordinary group of scientists were born in January. Our selection of photos this month include Nobel Prize winners, authors, three Capricorns, and two Aquariuses.
Ada Lovelace is often identified as the first computer programmer. Without computers, the physics community – and world - would be at a loss. In honor of Ada Lovelace’s birthday, we wanted to highlight some of the images from our collection of computers from the past.
This month we highlight our acquisition of the photos and letters of Sergeant Malcolm Thurgood. He was assigned to the WW II Alsos Mission, which sought intelligence on the German nuclear weapons project.
It’s that time of year again … the world awaits the announcement of the Nobel Prizes. Here are some of our favorite photos of Emilio Segrè, pictured with other Nobel Prize winners.
This month we're celebrating the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize and best known for having built the first nuclear reactor.
With Pluto being on everyone’s radar for the past month, we’ve decided to share our images of those astronomers whose careers involved the dwarf planet.
The Fourth of July is upon us! In honor of this Independence Day, we’ve gathered images of scientists and presidents from our past.