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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...

  • Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway)
  • National Library of Sweden
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Musée McCord Museum
  • National Library of Norway
  • The British Library
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • National Media Museum
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • SALTOnline
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • sinaloaarchivohistorico
  • SMU Central University Libraries
  • Swedish National Heritage Board
  • JWA Commons
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • Texas State Archives
  • DC Public Library Commons
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • The Library of Congress
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • National Galleries of Scotland Commons
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • National Library NZ on The Commons

A Commons Sampler

Carter Buton Album Loan_00008
Carter Buton Album Loan_00008
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
Carter Buton Album Loan_00086
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00119
Carter Buton Album Loan_00119
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00020
Carter Buton Album Loan_00020
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

Carter Buton Album Loan_00109
Carter Buton Album Loan_00109
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00001
Carter Buton Album Loan_00001
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Photograph of Hon. Antoine-Aimé Dorion
Photograph of Hon. Antoine-Aimé Dorion
from Law Society of Upper Canada Archives

Carter Buton Album Loan_00114
Carter Buton Album Loan_00114
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!!