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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...

  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Preus museum
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • UL Digital Library
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • IWM Collections
  • CDHS
  • SALTOnline
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Bergen Public Library
  • The Field Museum Library
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • nha.library
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • George Eastman House
  • National Library of Scotland
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • nimhimages
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • LSE Library
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • The Library of Virginia
  • State Records NSW
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

A Commons Sampler

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

February 9, 1924
February 9, 1924
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain
from Swedish National Heritage Board

Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

Tunnel
Tunnel
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

Cary Bay Zoo, Lake Macquarie, NSW, 1954 / Sam Hood
Cary Bay Zoo, Lake Macquarie, NSW, 1954 / Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Lady Waterford
Lady Waterford
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!!