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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...

  • National Library of Sweden
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • California Historical Society Digital Collection
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada
  • Nova Scotia Archives
  • Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • The U.S. National Archives
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Archives
  • National Media Museum
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur / Reykjavík Museum of
  • Cornell University Library
  • CDHS
  • The Library of Congress
  • nha.library
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Nationaal Archief
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • State Library of New South Wales collection
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • The Royal Library, Denmark
  • The National Archives UK
  • The British Library
  • Royal Australian Historical Society

A Commons Sampler

Atlas 9C, Assembly-------2-2-59; caption: Factory Ass[embl]y Line, Atlas 9C in dock, Bldg. 5
Atlas 9C, Assembly-------2-2-59; caption: Factory Ass[embl]y Line,...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Portrait of large gathering, date unknown
Portrait of large gathering, date unknown
from Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol

Atlas 10B, on Pad, pre-SCORE------- stamped: Master Inter. Neg.; missile in image is numbered 10B; nose-cone is not SCORE (yet)
Atlas 10B, on Pad, pre-SCORE------- stamped: Master Inter. Neg.;...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas Missile on Pad------- DUPE NEGATIVE , U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO, OL1-1352 MPS - APCS (MATS), 998 '59 OL-1-1352 MPS UNCL , UNCLASSIFIED ; , film: 998-59-1-1352-Unclassified
Atlas Missile on Pad------- DUPE NEGATIVE , U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO,...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas 4B, on Pad-------4B; Master Col. Pos.
Atlas 4B, on Pad-------4B; Master Col. Pos.
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas 3B, on Pad-------3B; Master Col. Pos.
Atlas 3B, on Pad-------3B; Master Col. Pos.
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas 13B, on Launcher-------12/22/58; AMR LC-14; 13B;  CCMTA, Convair, Pad 14 , Atlas Missile 13B on Launcher , PATRICK AFB, FLORIDA , PL-59-10120 (Color) ; __Item 1.3-1_ __Photo by: Westberg_,
Atlas 13B, on Launcher-------12/22/58; AMR LC-14; 13B; CCMTA,...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas 9B, on Pad-------11-17-58; AMR LC-11; Atlas 9B; caption on insert: PL-58-48183 (Color) 11-17-58/CCMTA, Convair, Pad 11 -I 1-3-1/Atlas 9B on launcher/Photo by: DeFillips OFFICIAL/U. S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/***/RCA PHOTO LAB./AIR FORCE MISSILE TEST CENTER/
Atlas 9B, on Pad-------11-17-58; AMR LC-11; Atlas 9B; caption on...
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Atlas D series, Assembly Line-------2-18-59; caption: Thrust Sections, Atlas D Production Lines
Atlas D series, Assembly Line-------2-18-59; caption: Thrust...
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!!