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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...

  • National Museum of Denmark
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • LSE Library
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • CDHS
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • National Library of Scotland
  • New York Public Library
  • Cornell University Library
  • Preus museum
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • SALTOnline
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • JWA Commons
  • National Library of Norway
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • nimhimages
  • IWM Collections
  • The Royal Library, Denmark

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00139
Carter Buton Album Loan_00139
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00062
Carter Buton Album Loan_00062
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Photograph of unidentified man
Photograph of unidentified man
from Law Society of Upper Canada Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00017
Carter Buton Album Loan_00017
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
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_00024
Carter Buton Album Loan_00024
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00100
Carter Buton Album Loan_00100
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00134
Carter Buton Album Loan_00134
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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!!