List of modern ephemera categories

Artefacts

Card Games
Games
Jigsaws
Toys

These games and toys are received by legal deposit. The original John Johnson Collection contains historic games, many of which have been catalogued and digitised. Work is in progress in cataloguing the card games, both from the original John Johnson Collection, and from the Mary Gardiner Collection (donated 2002) which includes a specialised Happy Families collection. The earliest playing cards are in the Douce Collection.

In 2012 we received a major donation of Board and other games from Richard Ballam. The Ballam collection is also currently being catalogued.

Please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection for further information.

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Bookjackets

From the late 1970s onwards, bookjackets from Bodleian Library books (including the dependent libraries: RSL, Rhodes House, Law Library, Indian Institute etc) have been taken from books and sorted into English Language, Foreign Language, Oxford Publishers and Publishers relating to the Ryder Collection (Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Putnam, Hogarth, Virago). They are not easy to locate as the date associated with them is that of packaging them for the shelves. There are minimal records for the book jacket parcels on SOLO (search syntax ICPbookjacket).  Please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection for further information.

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Booktrade

Binding (including specimens)
Bookselling and Bookclubs
Publishers’ catalogues
Publishing
Libraries
Typography
Booktrade General (not sub-sorted)

For Oxford Booktrade and publishing see Oxford

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Commercial Ephemera (Advertising)

Antiques
Fine Art
Auctions
Catalogues
Christmas catalogues
Craft
Fashion and Cosmetics, including jewellery, watches and clocks
Finance and Insurance
Food and Soft Drinks
Hotels and Holidays
Horticulture, Farming and Silviculture
Household and DIY
Office Supplies, including stationery and commercial printing
Photography
Property
Sound
Technology
Wines and Spirits, Tobacco
Special categories: Liberty, Harrods, Marks and Spencer.

For Fortnum and Mason see pre-1960 indexes

Commercial Misc (not fileable in the above categories)

Commercial General (not yet sub-sorted)

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Charities, Societies and Clubs

Charities
Societies and Clubs

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Employment and Education

Careers booklets
Education general
School prospectuses
Employment

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Entertainment

Art Galleries and Museums
Cinema, Television and Video
London Theatre
Oxford Theatre
Provincial Theatre
RSC (all venues)
Entertainment Misc (other arts)
What’s on, Tourism
Entertainment General (i.e. not yet sub-sorted)

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Formal Ephemera

Blank stationery
Calendars
Christmas cards
Compliment slips
Gallery Five (special category)
Greetings cards (except Christmas)
General (i.e. mixed)
Posters

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Health

Health general (cuts across all categories)

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Modern Publicity

A discrete collection relating to a design competition held in the 1970s by Felix Gluck

General
Posters

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Oxford

Oxford City
Oxford Entertainment (except Music & Theatre). Concert ephemera is kept by the Bodleian Music Room and Theatre ephemera is kept under Entertainment (see above)
Oxford Jewish Congregation
Oxford University
Oxford Religion
Oxford University Societies:a significant collection of term cards, posters, etc
Oxford Trade

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Politics

Foreign Politics
General Elections
Political General
Local Elections
Trade Unions
Wars

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Private Presses

British
Foreign
Private Presses General
Libanus Press
Samson Press
American

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Public Services

Building Control: legal deposit
Public Services general

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Religion

Religion General

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Special Categories

Millennium
Golden Jubilee
Diamond Jubilee
Royalty, incl death of Diana, Princess of Wales
Special categories: other: Competitions, lotteries, , Great British Cheese Festival, Worshipful Companies, etc.
National Trust, English Heritage
Olympics
Sports General, incl Betting, Football general
Sport Special. World Cup, etc. (excl Olympics 2012)

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Transport

Transport General

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Named collections

Rip Bulkeley (Protest)
Pateman (Protest)
Hirsh (Protest)
James Fraser (Protest)
K Jones (Protest)
Christopher Cox (Christmas cards)
Dickinson Robinson
Fitzgerald
Hague Moseley

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