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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...

  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Netherlands Institute of Military History
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • National Library of Norway
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • State Records NSW
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • The Field Museum Library
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Preus museum
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • SALTOnline
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Getty Research Institute
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Australian War Memorial collection

A Commons Sampler

What an amazing contraption!
What an amazing contraption!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Coral and Copper Snow
Coral and Copper Snow
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

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

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

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century
Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Catch of the Day
Catch of the Day
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Merchants Quay, Newry
Merchants Quay, Newry
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, late 19th century
Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, late 19th century
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

What? Where? Why?
What? Where? Why?
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!!