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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...

  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • The Field Museum Library
  • nha.library
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Bergen Public Library
  • State Records NSW
  • George Eastman House
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • UL Digital Library

A Commons Sampler

O'Connell Street, Dublin
O'Connell Street, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Lady Waterford
Lady Waterford
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

Little cowboy on horse, 22/4/1935 / by Sam Hood
Little cowboy on horse, 22/4/1935 / by Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Merchants Quay, Newry
Merchants Quay, Newry
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

April 1, 1962
April 1, 1962
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Chicks and Ducks in Galway
Chicks and Ducks in Galway
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Coral and Copper Snow
Coral and Copper Snow
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

All of early 20th century transport is here…
All of early 20th century transport is here…
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

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!!