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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...

  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Liberas / Liberaal Archief
  • CDHS
  • The Library of Congress
  • Royal Danish Library
  • Médiathèques Valence Romans agglomération
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • IWM Collections
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Nationaal Archief
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
  • The Field Museum Library
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • JWA Commons
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • UVicLibraries

A Commons Sampler

February 9, 1924
February 9, 1924
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Billy and Graham Green from the Salvation Army Camp practise a little deceit, Collaroy Beach, ca. 1940 / photographer unknown
Billy and Graham Green from the Salvation Army Camp practise a...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Fancy a Cuppa?
Fancy a Cuppa?
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Shadows
Shadows
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough
Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Boons and Blessings
Boons and Blessings
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Pinkeens
Pinkeens
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Mmmmortimer's
Mmmmortimer's
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Nelson Street (now Ashe Street), Tralee, Co. Kerry
Nelson Street (now Ashe Street), Tralee, Co. Kerry
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

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!!