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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...

  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • NSW State Archives and Records
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • IWM Collections
  • Fylkesarkivet i Vestland
  • UW Digital Collections
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • American Aviation Historical Society
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Fotoarkivet NTM

A Commons Sampler

08 08 13_4095_edited-1
08 08 13_4095_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

09 17 13_5454_edited-1
09 17 13_5454_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

09 17 13_5473_edited-1
09 17 13_5473_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

09 17 13_5349_edited-1
09 17 13_5349_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

08 01 13_3737_edited-1
08 01 13_3737_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

09 17 13_5359_edited-1
09 17 13_5359_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

09 17 13_5394_edited-1
09 17 13_5394_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

08 08 13_4065_edited-1
08 08 13_4065_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

08 08 13_4064_edited-1
08 08 13_4064_edited-1
from Kalamazoo Public Library

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!!