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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 Library of Congress
  • IWM Collections
  • SALTOnline
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • Netherlands Institute of Military History
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • The Field Museum Library
  • The British Library
  • Preus museum
  • LSE Library
  • State Records NSW
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • The National Archives UK
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • JWA Commons
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Texas State Archives

A Commons Sampler

Sandymount, Dublin
Sandymount, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

March 8, 1966
March 8, 1966
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Mary Gullick, Zoe Gullick, Marjory Gullick, Chloe Gullick - outside Altoncourt, Killara? c.1909 from Gullick family, c.1909-1922 / photographed by William Applegate Gullick
Mary Gullick, Zoe Gullick, Marjory Gullick, Chloe Gullick - outside...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

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

Lady Waterford
Lady Waterford
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971
Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Cuteness alert!
Cuteness alert!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

"… informally inscribed rock …" = An Chloch Mhór / The Big Stone
"… informally inscribed rock …" = An Chloch Mhór / The...
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Our swankiest post box ever?
Our swankiest post box ever?
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!!