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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...

  • State Records NSW
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • The Library of Congress
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • National Media Museum
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Bergen Public Library
  • UW Digital Collections
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Deseronto Archives
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • LSE Library
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • NASA on The Commons
  • CDHS
  • Aalto University Library and Archive Commons
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • New York Public Library
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Library Company of Philadelphia

A Commons Sampler

Written out of history
Written out of history
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Catch of the Day
Catch of the Day
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Mary Gullick, Zoe Gullick, Marjory Gullick, Chloe Gullick - outside Altoncourt, Killara? c.1909 from Gullick family, c.1909-1922 / photographed by William Applegate Gullick
Mary Gullick, Zoe Gullick, Marjory Gullick, Chloe Gullick - outside...
from State Library of New South Wales collection

Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, late 19th century
Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, late 19th century
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Coming of Age
Coming of Age
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough
Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Telegraph Office, but where? Adrigole, that's where!
Telegraph Office, but where? Adrigole, that's where!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Telephone Boxes
Telephone Boxes
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
Views in Sydney and New South Wales, 1930-40 / by Charles F. Walton
from State Library of New South Wales collection

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!!