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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...

  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • JWA Commons
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • NASA on The Commons
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • LSE Library
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Deseronto Archives
  • George Eastman House
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • State Library and Archives of Florida

A Commons Sampler

Capt. C.F. Pierce, Lt. W.P. Vickerman, Ass't Surg. J.J. Kaveny, Com. C. Adams, Lt. Com. T.N. Taylor, Lt. C. McKinney, Ass't P.M. Wells Hawkes, Ass't Surg R.H. Jenkins [Officers of the RECRUIT] (LOC)
Capt. C.F. Pierce, Lt. W.P. Vickerman, Ass't Surg. J.J. Kaveny,...
from The Library of Congress

King & Queen Mary at aeroplane factory (LOC)
King & Queen Mary at aeroplane factory (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Friary Park, Eng., Pledging food support (LOC)
Friary Park, Eng., Pledging food support (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

W. D'Arcy Ryan (LOC)
W. D'Arcy Ryan (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Pictorial History of Mississippi Architecture
Pictorial History of Mississippi Architecture
from Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Last train from the brewery
Last train from the brewery
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Henry M. Baker (LOC)
Henry M. Baker (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Marquis Matsukata (LOC)
Marquis Matsukata (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim (LOC)
Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

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!!