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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...

  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • The Gallen-Kallela Museum
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • UVicLibraries
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Université de Caen Normandie
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Liberas / Liberaal Archief
  • UC Berkeley, Department of Geography
  • The Field Museum Library
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Cornell University Library
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Médiathèques Valence Romans agglomération
  • Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
  • Texas State Archives
  • Preus museum
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • SMU Libraries Digital Collections
  • nha.library
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • George Eastman Museum
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • TXSTATE Library Digital Collections
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons

A Commons Sampler

Dixie Gasoline sign, Louisville, Mississippi (LOC)
Dixie Gasoline sign, Louisville, Mississippi (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

First deputation visit to India 19??
First deputation visit to India 19??
from Mennonite Church USA Archives

Dr Martin at Dhamtari Hospital India
Dr Martin at Dhamtari Hospital India
from Mennonite Church USA Archives

Conoco gasoline sign, Route 70, Blackfish Lake, Arkansas (LOC)
Conoco gasoline sign, Route 70, Blackfish Lake, Arkansas (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Visible gas pump (restoration with Sinclair globe), Santa Margarita, California (LOC)
Visible gas pump (restoration with Sinclair globe), Santa...
from The Library of Congress

Jet gasoline sign, Route 85, Cheyenne, Wyoming (LOC)
Jet gasoline sign, Route 85, Cheyenne, Wyoming (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Ideal Gasoline sign, Route 27, Cedartown, Georgia (LOC)
Ideal Gasoline sign, Route 27, Cedartown, Georgia (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Clockface gasoline pump, close up view, Route 40, Indian Springs, Maryland (LOC)
Clockface gasoline pump, close up view, Route 40, Indian Springs,...
from The Library of Congress

Graduation of nurses 1957 India
Graduation of nurses 1957 India
from Mennonite Church USA 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!!