AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XL , No. 1, Spring 2008

New Gallery Highlights Best of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

In January 2008 the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (ESVA) launched an online gallery featuring 63 of "Our Favorite Photos." The gallery shows some of the most popular and striking selections from our collection of 30,000 images of physicists and astronomers, revealing their human side and the environments of scientific work. The new gallery ( includes historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual materials of many of the best known names in physics and astronomy, including Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Richard Feynman and Hans Bethe, along with lesser-known figures. There are striking illustrations of life in science as well as teams, instruments and labs. By featuring popular and appealing images from the collection, we hope to stimulate interest in the collection and promote sales. Browse through the site and enjoy the pictures!

We also recently upgraded the photo collection’s search engine (, using Verity software, to make it more powerful and efficient. This upgrade is complemented by a new feature on the search page, a "search tips" pop-up box. The tips explain how to use the various ESVA search tools (name search, browse by name, and advanced Verity search). For instance, the Name Search is the best way to begin looking broadly for images of specific people and institutions. It is set up so that there is a logical AND between each word in your query. Likewise, you may not have previously been aware that the Quick Search query embedded in our header searches across the "Description," "Date," "Credit," and "Names" catalog fields. It can also search for a precise catalog number, such as Bohr Niels A1, if you happen to know it.

We hope these new features will alert researchers and publishers to the depth of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. More than 12,000 images are now online with high quality scans available for as little as $10, and with fees for use in publication running from zero (for limited educational or personal use) to a maximum of $75, which is considered very reasonable in the industry. We also provide prints suitable for framing at a reasonable cost.

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