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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...

  • NASA on The Commons
  • NavyMedicine
  • UVicLibraries
  • The Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • bibliothequedetoulouse
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
  • Preus museum
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons
  • George Eastman Museum
  • Colección Amadeo León - Boconó
  • SMU Libraries Digital Collections
  • The Finnish Museum of Photography
  • UBC Library Digitization Centre
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Camden Public Library (Maine)
  • Getty Research Institute
  • The Library of Congress
  • East Riding Archives
  • TXSTATE Library Digital Collections
  • Dundas Museum and Archives
  • National Science and Media Museum
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library
  • LlGC ~ NLW
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Cornell University Library
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
  • UL Digital Library
  • Costică Acsinte Archive
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • Senado Federal do Brasil

A Commons Sampler

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Carter Buton Album Loan_00061
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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from

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09 17 13_5475_edited-1
from

Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
Carter Buton Album Loan_00071
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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08 08 13_4087_edited-1
from

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09 17 13_5315_edited-1
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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!!