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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...

  • CDHS
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • National Media Museum
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • The Library of Congress
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • IWM Collections
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • UL Digital Library
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • SALTOnline
  • National Library of Norway
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • JWA Commons
  • Texas State Archives
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Nova Scotia Archives

A Commons Sampler

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

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00007
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00045
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00065
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00009
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00033
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00119
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00015
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!!