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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...

  • Archives of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Center for Jewish History, NYC
  • New York Public Library
  • Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey Directorate o
  • State Library of NSW
  • Camden Public Library (Maine)
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Museum of Photographic Arts Collections
  • Tasmanian Archives and State Library (Commons)
  • National Library of Australia Commons
  • Fotoarkivet NTM
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut - Architecture Collection
  • National Library of Scotland
  • Museum of Hartlepool
  • Keene and Cheshire County (NH) Historical Photos
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Royal Danish Library
  • Vestfoldmuseene | Vestfold Museums
  • Bergen Public Library
  • Halifax Municipal Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta
  • OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
  • State Library and Archives of Florida
  • LSE Library
  • National Library of Norway
  • NASA on The Commons
  • NavyMedicine
  • The National Archives UK
  • UW Digital Collections
  • Vancouver Public Library Historical Photographs
  • Texas State Archives
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Powerhouse Museum Collection
  • Schlesinger Library, RIAS, Harvard University

A Commons Sampler

Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
Woman sitting on bumper bar of a car at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

Man and woman at Warwick Farm racecourse
Man and woman at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

Racegoers at Warwick Farm racecourse
Racegoers at Warwick Farm racecourse
from Powerhouse Museum Collection

April 28, 1959
April 28, 1959
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
Railway Station House, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Pinkeens
Pinkeens
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
Horse-drawn Omnibus, Westmoreland Street, Dublin
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Next stop, America!
Next stop, America!
from National Library of Ireland on The Commons

Nelson Street (now Ashe Street), Tralee, Co. Kerry
Nelson Street (now Ashe Street), Tralee, Co. Kerry
from National Library of Ireland 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!!