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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...

  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Halifax Municipal Archives
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Nationaal Archief
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • Preus museum
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Médiathèques Valence Romans agglomération
  • UC Berkeley, Department of Geography
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • Royal Danish Library
  • American Aviation Historical Society
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • National Library of Sweden
  • UVicLibraries
  • NSW State Archives and Records
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • East Riding Archives
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • Cornell University Library
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • The Field Museum Library

A Commons Sampler

House, Orange Street, Fort Pierce, Florida (LOC)
House, Orange Street, Fort Pierce, Florida (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Statue of Liberty at Platte County Courthouse, Wheatland, Wyoming (LOC)
Statue of Liberty at Platte County Courthouse, Wheatland, Wyoming...
from The Library of Congress

RipleyPapers.P2
RipleyPapers.P2
from

RipleyPapers.P8
RipleyPapers.P8
from

F-100 and George Cooper
F-100 and George Cooper
from NASA on The Commons

Apache Canyon Trading Post, stone building, Routes 62 & 180, Whites City, New Mexico (LOC)
Apache Canyon Trading Post, stone building, Routes 62 & 180,...
from The Library of Congress

Statue of Liberty at Shoreline Market, Route 101, Orick, California (LOC)
Statue of Liberty at Shoreline Market, Route 101, Orick, California...
from The Library of Congress

Thomas Stafford during Apollo 10 pad egress training
Thomas Stafford during Apollo 10 pad egress training
from NASA on The Commons

Quarantine:Angel Island Quarantine Station
Quarantine:Angel Island Quarantine Station
from National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine

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!!