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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...

  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Preus museum
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • National Library of Norway
  • National Library of Medicine - History of Medicine
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • sinaloaarchivohistorico
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • LSE Library
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • The Field Museum Library
  • National Library of Sweden
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Bergen Public Library

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00038
Carter Buton Album Loan_00038
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00016
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00129
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00111
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00100
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00123
Carter Buton Album Loan_00123
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00063
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00105
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00019
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!!