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The Commons

Help us catalog the world’s public photo archives.

The Commons Help us catalog the world’s public photo archives.

Welcome!

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives.

Please help make the photographs you enjoy more discoverable by adding tags and leaving comments. Your contributions and knowledge make these photos even richer*

A random sprinkling of our participating institutions...

  • The British Library
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Deseronto Archives
  • CDHS
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Bergen Public Library
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Cornell University Library
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • National Media Museum
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • The National Archives UK
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00045
Carter Buton Album Loan_00045
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00057
Carter Buton Album Loan_00057
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00038
Carter Buton Album Loan_00038
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00103
Carter Buton Album Loan_00103
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00137
Carter Buton Album Loan_00137
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00024
Carter Buton Album Loan_00024
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00070
Carter Buton Album Loan_00070
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00093
Carter Buton Album Loan_00093
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

More about The Commons

A new way to share photos on Flickr

The Commons was launched on January 16 2008, when we released our pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. Both Flickr and the Library were overwhelmed by the positive response to the project! Thank you!

The program has two main objectives:

  1. To increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and
  2. To provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Then watch what happens when they do!)

FAQ

I work for a cultural heritage institution that would like to be a part of The Commons. How do we do that?

Please let us know you're interested by registering here. It helps a lot if you let us know some background about your institution, and direct us to any online photo collections you already have.

How can I get involved?

We've already seen fantastic contribution from the Flickr membership. Your tags and conversations about the content in The Commons has been wonderful! The best way to get involved is to add a tag or two to the photos you see, and if you happen to know anything else about the subject, by all means add a comment.

What's "no known copyright restrictions?"

This new rights statement is being contained to the institutions participating in The Commons, at the account level. It is a requirement for participation in the program that institutions may rightly claim "no known copyright restrictions" on the content they share. More information.

*Any Flickr member is able to add tags or comment on these collections. If you're a dork about it, shame on you. This is for the good of humanity, dude!!