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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...

  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • JWA Commons
  • National Library of Norway
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • National Media Museum
  • The Library of Congress
  • The British Library
  • State Records NSW
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • The Field Museum Library
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • NASA on The Commons
  • George Eastman House

A Commons Sampler

Stipa-Caproni A front quarter view of the Stipa-Caproni with wheel spats removed. The Stipa-Caproni, also generally called the Caproni Stipa, was an experimental Italian aircraft designed in 1932 by Luigi Stipa (19001992) and built by Caproni. It featured
Stipa-Caproni A front quarter view of the Stipa-Caproni with wheel...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Fiat G.91Y
Fiat G.91Y
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Macchi MC-200
Macchi MC-200
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

ca_20150327_003
ca_20150327_003
from Costică Acsinte Archive

Examining the tri motored Triplex - Daytona
Examining the tri motored Triplex - Daytona
from State Library and Archives of Florida

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Possibly a P-47D-25-RE
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Possibly a P-47D-25-RE
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Republic YP-43 Lancer The Lend-Lease aircraft were delivered to China through Claire Chennault's American Volunteer Group, the
Republic YP-43 Lancer The Lend-Lease aircraft were delivered to...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

ca_20150327_005
ca_20150327_005
from Costică Acsinte Archive

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt P-47D-20-RA, 43-25412. shows the result of this aircraft crashing at Dover AAFB in May 1944
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt P-47D-20-RA, 43-25412. shows the result...
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!!