AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIX , No. 1, Spring 2007


Emilio Segrè Visual Archives Makes Photos
More Accessible
by Heather Lindsay

The photographs in this newsletter from the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (ESVA) are all newly available through our online searchable photo database at With the software introduced at the beginning of 2006 now settled in, we have been able to focus on adding new images online, and managed to catalog over 1900 new images last year. We have also been able to go beyond portraits by putting up the images of instruments and institutions that we have in our files.

Some of the new keywords: spectroscope, telescope, observatory, calorimeter, cyclotron, accelerator, microscope, CERN, Fermilab, General Electric, Westinghouse, Gottingen, Columbia, Haigerloch (site of the 1944 German attempt to build a reactor), Berkeley, Brookhaven, Harvard College Observatory, Mount Wilson Observatory, Palomar Observatory.

This year the ESVA celebrates its 7th successful year working with the UK based ‘Science Photo Library.’ Since summer of 2000, at their request, we have been providing them with digital scans of photographs along with any information we have about them. To date we have sent them over 200 photographs, mostly of Nobel Laureates. They then conduct further research on the photos, clean up the digital scans if needed, and make them available through their website This has proven to be a good way to make our photographs available to a wider international audience, and also generates revenues that can help in acquiring and cataloging new photos.

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