In selecting an optical material, the instrument designer's first consideration is optical properties, especially transmission region but also homogeneity, freedom from birefringence, perhaps refractive index and dispersion. Next in his hierarchy are the other physical properties: mechanical, thermal, and chemical (solubility, for example). In this review article, the several properties are listed, and data sources are given. No single compilation or handbook contains all the desired data, so many references are quoted. This review covers materials useful in the ultraviolet and esuecially the infrared spectral regions; it does not include the standard glasses used in the visible region.