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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...

  • SALTOnline
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • George Eastman House
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Texas State Archives
  • IWM Collections
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Nationaal Archief
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • New York Public Library
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban

A Commons Sampler

Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Sandymount, Dublin
Sandymount, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Peggy Bacon in mid-air backflip, Bondi Beach, Sydney, 6/2/1937 / by Ted Hood
Peggy Bacon in mid-air backflip, Bondi Beach, Sydney, 6/2/1937 / by...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Grafton Street in all its glory
Grafton Street in all its glory
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991
Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Coming of Age
Coming of Age
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Good Times
Good Times
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Meet you under the clock at Clery's
Meet you under the clock at Clery's
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Conagher's Farm in Co. Antrim
Conagher's Farm in Co. Antrim
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!!