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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...

  • CDHS
  • Cornell University Library
  • The National Archives UK
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • The Field Museum Library
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • LSE Library
  • Bergen Public Library
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • SALTOnline
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • UL Digital Library
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Texas State Archives
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • DEXTRA Photo
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • National Library of Norway

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00143
Carter Buton Album Loan_00143
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00014
Carter Buton Album Loan_00014
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00041
Carter Buton Album Loan_00041
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00111
Carter Buton Album Loan_00111
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_00034
Carter Buton Album Loan_00034
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_00066
Carter Buton Album Loan_00066
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
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!!