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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...

  • JWA Commons
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • nha.library
  • The Library of Virginia
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Nationaal Archief
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • George Eastman House
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • SALTOnline
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • New York Public Library
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Cornell University Library
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

A Commons Sampler

Walsh's Royal Mail and Day Car
Walsh's Royal Mail and Day Car
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

"Street scene with advertising hoardings" but where? Corner of Summerhill and Langrishe Place!
"Street scene with advertising hoardings" but where?...
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Tunnel
Tunnel
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Artist and dog arrive by Melbourne Express (taken for J.C. Williamson), 10/12/1937 / byTed hood
Artist and dog arrive by Melbourne Express (taken for J.C....
from State Library of New South Wales collection

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

Dublin Bread Company revisited
Dublin Bread Company revisited
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

Bowling along in their motor
Bowling along in their motor
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!!