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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...

  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • The Field Museum Library
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • IWM Collections
  • Library Company of Philadelphia
  • George Eastman House
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • National Media Museum
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • National Library of Sweden
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • NASA on The Commons
  • Cornell University Library
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • The Library of Congress
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • Swedish National Heritage Board

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00044
Carter Buton Album Loan_00044
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00031
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00125
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00028
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00048
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00110
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00107
Carter Buton Album Loan_00107
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!!