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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...

  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • National Library of Norway
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • The British Library
  • SALTOnline
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • CDHS
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • Texas State Archives
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • Nationaal Archief
  • The Library of Virginia
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • UL Digital Library
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • New York Public Library
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00019
Carter Buton Album Loan_00019
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00015
Carter Buton Album Loan_00015
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00008
Carter Buton Album Loan_00008
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00146
Carter Buton Album Loan_00146
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Photograph of Hon. Antoine-Aimé Dorion
Photograph of Hon. Antoine-Aimé Dorion
from Law Society of Upper Canada Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00074
Carter Buton Album Loan_00074
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00063
Carter Buton Album Loan_00063
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00003
Carter Buton Album Loan_00003
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00035
Carter Buton Album Loan_00035
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!!