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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...

  • East Riding Archives
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • IWM Collections
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Université de Caen Normandie
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Fylkesarkivet i Vestland
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • The British Library
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • Texas State Archives
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • TXSTATE Library Digital Collections
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • LSE Library
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Royal Danish Library
  • Preus museum
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • National Science and Media Museum
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00101
Carter Buton Album Loan_00101
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00003
Carter Buton Album Loan_00003
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00014
Carter Buton Album Loan_00014
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

09 17 13_5361_edited-1
09 17 13_5361_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

Carter Buton Album Loan_00015
Carter Buton Album Loan_00015
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00113
Carter Buton Album Loan_00113
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00044
Carter Buton Album Loan_00044
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

08 08 13_4109_edited-1
08 08 13_4109_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

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!!