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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...

  • NASA on The Commons
  • Texas State Archives
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • The British Library
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • National Media Museum
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • New York Public Library
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • JWA Commons
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • The Field Museum Library
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • National Library of Norway
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • The Royal Library, Denmark

A Commons Sampler

Racegoers at Warwick Farm racecourse
Racegoers at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

Shame we couldn't call these ClareMorris Minors!
Shame we couldn't call these ClareMorris Minors!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Potatoes should be dug without delay
Potatoes should be dug without delay
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

Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam Hood
Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Gas Lamp no. 313
Gas Lamp no. 313
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Grand Parade in Cork City
Grand Parade in Cork City
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

A wet Angel Place, Sydney, 1930s / Sam Hood
A wet Angel Place, Sydney, 1930s / Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

View from Katarina Lift, Stockholm, Sweden
View from Katarina Lift, Stockholm, Sweden
from Swedish National Heritage Board

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!!