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

Besides this year being proclaimed the Year of Light by UNESCO, it is also a year full of anniversaries of scientific discoveries.
This month’s photo collection urges you to take a cue from Nobel physicist, Ernest Walton, and physicist Samuel Goudsmit, and enjoy the great outdoors this spring season.
A recent discovery in the photo archives revealed an album full of snapshots from daily life in the laboratory. Images depict the facilities, experimental lab equipment, and staff portraits.
In honor of Women’s History month, we are celebrating the careers and contributions of women in physics and the allied sciences.
In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the careers and contributions of African Americans in physics and allied sciences. Our collection includes notables such as Robert Bragg, Herman Branson, James Gates, Shirley Jackson, Ronald Mickens, and Cynthia McIntyre.
The United Nations has designated 2015 as "The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies." Our historical photo collection documents the impact the field of optics has made thus far.
When they were not at work, scientists from the past enjoyed the holiday season — that time of year that embraces family gatherings, food, and outdoor sports like skiing and skating. Our historical photo collection documents these important occasions.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s publication of three papers on the theory of general relativity. These three publications introduced a new framework for physics and proposed new concepts of space and time.
Did you know that there have been five sets of families who have won the Nobel Prize in Physics, either together or separately? We are celebrating the October 2014 announcement by highlighting these familial ties.
Individuals inspired by science have changed the world. Science has also inspired the mind of the Artist. Our photo collection at the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives is chock full of artistic creations depicting scientists and their discoveries.