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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...

  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Regionaal Archief Alkmaar (Public Domain)
  • The Library of Virginia
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • TXSTATE Library Digital Collections
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Preus museum
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • Senado Federal do Brasil
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Gallen-Kallelan Museo
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Cornell University Library
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Netherlands Institute of Military History
  • New York Public Library

A Commons Sampler

Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971
Start of the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, 1971
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

What an amazing contraption!
What an amazing contraption!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Mmmmortimer's
Mmmmortimer's
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Lucie de Souza Cardoso, 1890-1987
Lucie de Souza Cardoso, 1890-1987
from Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Meet you under the clock at Clery's
Meet you under the clock at Clery's
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Police Dog, Tess, 29/1/35 / by Sam Hood
Police Dog, Tess, 29/1/35 / by Sam Hood
from State Library of New South Wales collection

O'Connell Street, Dublin
O'Connell Street, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991
Market Square, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, 1991
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!!