Photo by George

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...

  • UW Digital Collections
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • National Media Museum
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • The Library of Congress
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • CDHS
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • UL Digital Library
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • LSE Library
  • Nationaal Archief
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • Bergen Public Library
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Fotoarkivet NTM

A Commons Sampler

Punch and Judy?
Punch and Judy?
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

The Boys of Ballydehob
The Boys of Ballydehob
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century
Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, late 19th century
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

The Lizard
The Lizard
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Driving in Donegal
Driving in Donegal
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

View from Katarina Elevator, Stockholm, Sweden
View from Katarina Elevator, Stockholm, Sweden
from Swedish National Heritage Board

O'Connell Street, Dublin
O'Connell Street, Dublin
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

Potatoes should be dug without delay
Potatoes should be dug without delay
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!!