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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...

  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • VCU Libraries Commons
  • National Archives of Estonia
  • Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • Liberas
  • Australian War Memorial collection
  • UW Digital Collections
  • State Library of Queensland, Australia
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Université de Caen Normandie
  • National Library NZ on The Commons
  • The Library of Virginia
  • Fylkesarkivet i Vestland
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Internet Archive Book Images
  • Cloyne & District Historical Society
  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Mennonite Church USA Archives
  • Tasmanian Archives and State Library (Commons)
  • Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland
  • tyrrellhistoricallibrary
  • Deseronto Archives
  • Archives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • UA Archives | Upper Arlington History
  • SMU Libraries Digital Collections
  • Royal Danish Library
  • IWM Collections
  • George Eastman Museum
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • East Riding Archives
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC

A Commons Sampler

Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover
Overhead View of Atlantis Stack Rollover
from NASA on The Commons

Kenneth Ham
Kenneth Ham
from NASA on The Commons

STS-106 (Atlantis) Landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
STS-106 (Atlantis) Landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
from NASA on The Commons

Bugler of New York Naval Reserves on U.S.S. New Hampshire (LOC)
Bugler of New York Naval Reserves on U.S.S. New Hampshire (LOC)
from The Library of Congress

Brain Neurons
Brain Neurons
from History of Medicine Division - NLM - NIH

14_039850 Atlas Collection Image
14_039850 Atlas Collection Image
from San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

STS-41D
STS-41D
from NASA on The Commons

Tim Kopra
Tim Kopra
from NASA on The Commons

First lunar sample photographed in detail
First lunar sample photographed in detail
from NASA on The Commons

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!!