The National Archives Archival Photographs and Documents on Flickr

Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House - National Archives - Master Print File, compiled 1969-1974 (Collection RN-WHPO)

The National Archives has joined Flickr to share images of National Archives archival photographs and documents in a new way with National Archives researchers, potential researchers, and the public. You, we, the public, are invited to contribute our own tags, comments, notes, and other identifying information to the National Archive photographs on Flickr. The National Archive photostream is online at

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathew Ahmann - Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. -

No account is needed to view the National Archives photos on Flickr.

If you would like to leave tags or comments on the photos, you will need to create a Flickr account. If you already have a Yahoo! user name and password, you can use these to access the site as well. More information about Flickr and joining is available on Flickr’s About Flickr page and their Flickr FAQ page.

“The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, by Ansel Adams

All of the U.S. National Archives’ images that are part of The Flickr Commons are marked “no known copyright restrictions.” This means the U.S. National Archives is unaware of any copyright restrictions on the publication, distribution, or re-use of those particular photos. Their use restriction status in our online catalog is “unrestricted.” Therefore, no written permission is required to use them. Read more information about the Publication of Photographs Furnished by Still Pictures.

This is an obvious outgrowth of the social networking advances of our era. It’s cool, it’s free, it’s for all of us.

Many of the National Archive films and photos are also available for your home entertainment and include WW-ll footage, NASA footage, and important American documents.

Take part, and enjoy.

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