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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...

  • Cloyne & District Historical Society
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Cornell University Library
  • National Library of Norway
  • nha.library
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • LSE Library
  • National Library of Scotland
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • National Science and Media Museum
  • The Gallen-Kallela Museum
  • The British Library
  • Université de Caen Normandie
  • Liberas
  • Armenian Studies Program, Fresno State
  • Preus museum
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • The Field Museum Library
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Deseronto Archives
  • The National Archives UK
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • UW Digital Collections
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Netherlands Institute of Military History
  • Nationaal Archief
  • UC Berkeley, Department of Geography
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

A Commons Sampler

Plus fours and horse apples
Plus fours and horse apples
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Instruments at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin...
Instruments at Clonsilla, Co. Dublin...
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893
Photographer Thomas J. Wynne, 1838-1893
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Evacuation of Spike Island
Evacuation of Spike Island
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Messrs J.F. O'Gorman, Clonmel
Messrs J.F. O'Gorman, Clonmel
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Howth, Co. Dublin
Howth, Co. Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Little cowboy on horse, 22/4/1935 / by Sam Hood
Little cowboy on horse, 22/4/1935 / by Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Boots and bare feet on the ground...
Boots and bare feet on the ground...
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!!