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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...

  • Colección Amadeo León - Boconó
  • Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • The Gallen-Kallela Museum
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • TXSTATE Library Digital Collections
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Royal Danish Library
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Halifax Municipal Archives
  • nha.library
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • IWM Collections
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • UW Digital Collections
  • The British Library
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • SMU Libraries Digital Collections
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia

A Commons Sampler

Henry R. Carter, the yellow fever expert of the Public Health Service, collecting mosquito larvae at Baden Pond in North Carolina
Henry R. Carter, the yellow fever expert of the Public Health...
from National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

Bilstein_00586   Douglas C-9B 161266 VR-59 RY-266 1994
Bilstein_00586 Douglas C-9B 161266 VR-59 RY-266 1994
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Traveling Trachoma Clinic
Traveling Trachoma Clinic
from National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

Bilstein_00622   North American Navion NC 91103 (mfr)
Bilstein_00622 North American Navion NC 91103 (mfr)
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Malaria Control Unit of the Philippines Public Health Rehabilitation Program in front of their headquarters
Malaria Control Unit of the Philippines Public Health...
from National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

Bilstein_00601   Bell XV-15
Bilstein_00601 Bell XV-15
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Expedition 29
Expedition 29
from NASA on The Commons

U.S. Public Health Service: Demonstration unit- residual spraying for flies
U.S. Public Health Service: Demonstration unit- residual spraying...
from National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

Bilstein_00704   Stinson Model B restored in American Airlines markings interior
Bilstein_00704 Stinson Model B restored in American Airlines...
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!!