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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...

  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • National Library of Norway
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • Nationaal Archief
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Bergen Public Library
  • The British Library
  • LSE Library
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • National Library of Sweden
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • New York Public Library
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • National Library of Scotland
  • JWA Commons
  • National Media Museum
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • The Royal Library, Denmark

A Commons Sampler

XXI OCTOBER MDCCCV
XXI OCTOBER MDCCCV
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Punch and Judy?
Punch and Judy?
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Keep Off Propellor
Keep Off Propellor
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

A Portable Joanna!
A Portable Joanna!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Karl Oskar Lööw, Fredhäll, Uppland, Sweden
Karl Oskar Lööw, Fredhäll, Uppland, Sweden
from Swedish National Heritage Board

Fluteplayer, Lysekil, Sweden
Fluteplayer, Lysekil, Sweden
from Swedish National Heritage Board

Police Dog, Tess, 29/1/35 / by Sam Hood
Police Dog, Tess, 29/1/35 / by Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Evacuation of Spike Island
Evacuation of Spike Island
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Diaphalene for dainty lingerie
Diaphalene for dainty lingerie
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!!