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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...

  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Texas State Archives
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban
  • LSE Library
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • State Records NSW
  • Royal Australian Historical Society
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • Nationaal Archief
  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • National Media Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • National Library of Norway
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • Miami U. Libraries - Digital Collections
  • Gallen-Kallelan Museo
  • Cornell University Library
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • UL Digital Library
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • Netherlands Institute of Military History
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • Stockholm Transport Museum Commons
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

A Commons Sampler

Scott Gives Salute
Scott Gives Salute
from NASA on The Commons

1991077_900_012ac
1991077_900_012ac
from Texas State Archives

X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side
X-3 Stiletto on Ramp - View from Side
from NASA on The Commons

Young girl identified as "Matheson" in Highland regalia
Young girl identified as "Matheson" in Highland regalia
from Provincial Archives of Alberta

1991077_900_037ac
1991077_900_037ac
from Texas State Archives

1991077_900_036ac
1991077_900_036ac
from Texas State Archives

General Pershing, Gen. Pelletier, Gen. Dumas, Rene Besnard (LOC)
General Pershing, Gen. Pelletier, Gen. Dumas, Rene Besnard (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

14th Infantry -- Bayonet drill (LOC)
14th Infantry -- Bayonet drill (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Marines Depart for France (LOC)
Marines Depart for France (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

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!!