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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...

  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • National Library of Ireland on The Commons
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • The National Archives UK
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • Nationaal Archief
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • nha.library
  • LSE Library
  • George Eastman House
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • UW Digital Collections
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00035
Carter Buton Album Loan_00035
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00012
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00041
Carter Buton Album Loan_00041
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00019
Carter Buton Album Loan_00019
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00078
Carter Buton Album Loan_00078
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

Carter Buton Album Loan_00064
Carter Buton Album Loan_00064
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00137
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00115
Carter Buton Album Loan_00115
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!!