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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...

  • Regionaal Archief Alkmaar Commons
  • NSW State Archives and Records
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • UC Berkeley, Department of Geography
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Texas State Archives
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • Preus museum
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Camden Public Library (Maine)
  • Nationaal Archief
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • The Gallen-Kallela Museum
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • UL Digital Library
  • Université de Caen Normandie

A Commons Sampler

Driving in Donegal
Driving in Donegal
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893
Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Musical stars Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard's wedding, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, 16 September 1935 / photograph by Sam Hood
Musical stars Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard's wedding, St Mary's...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Fancy a Cuppa?
Fancy a Cuppa?
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Lovely lamp posts
Lovely lamp posts
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Messrs J.F. O'Gorman, Clonmel
Messrs J.F. O'Gorman, Clonmel
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

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

Sibyl
Sibyl
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Valentina Blinova in L'Oiseau de feu [The Firebird], Ballets Russes, Sydney, 1936-1937 / Max Dupain
Valentina Blinova in L'Oiseau de feu [The Firebird], Ballets...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

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!!