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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
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • Deseronto Archives
  • National Library of Norway
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • The National Archives UK
  • SALTOnline
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • IWM Collections
  • The British Library
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Texas State Archives
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • The Library of Virginia
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • New York Public Library
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • UL Digital Library
  • Dundas Museum and Archives

A Commons Sampler

Expedition 27
Expedition 27
from NASA on The Commons

F-89H Rocket Pods  Pete Bowers photo
F-89H Rocket Pods Pete Bowers photo
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor 46-681  Pete Bowers photo
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor 46-681 Pete Bowers photo
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Mike Blagg
Mike Blagg
from Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs

Drummer on Memorial Day  - Tallahassee
Drummer on Memorial Day - Tallahassee
from State Library and Archives of Florida

Bruce Larsen ex Province Newspaper city editor
Bruce Larsen ex Province Newspaper city editor
from Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs

Lockheed F-94
Lockheed F-94
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas Missile, Launch
Atlas Missile, Launch
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas 14F, on Launcher at Pad 11
Atlas 14F, on Launcher at Pad 11
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!!