Modern ephemera categories explained
When the John Johnson Collection came to the Bodleian in 1968, a decision was taken to collect contemporary ephemera. Much of the early material remains unsorted, but from the 1980s a system of categorisation has been applied, with the intention that finer sorting should take place in due course. Most modern ephemera are unindexed, but their minimal level records include an indication of the years covered in each box. This listing gives the headings (sometimes with variant headings) under which modern ephemera can be found in SOLO.
Please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection (email@example.com) for information on ordering modern ephemera.
NB: Two headings take precedence over the others, where items could fall into more than one category: Health and Oxford
Special categories (not in bold) are marked with an asterisk.
Art Galleries, Museums (for commercial art galleries see Fine art)
Arts misc see Entertainment misc. (includes Oxfordshire Art weeks)
Birth of Prince George*: index
Birth of Princess Charlotte*: index
Blank stationery (mostly received by copyright)
Board games (mostly received by copyright). See also Ballam Collection.
Bodley’s Librarian cards (Christmas cards sent to Bodley’s Librarian)
Bookselling, book clubs
Booktrade General see also Publishing
British Printing Society
Building Control (copyright)
Calendars, large and Calendars, small (mostly received by copyright). Includes Advent calendars
Card Games (mostly received by copyright). See also Mary Gardiner, Ballam and Donald Welsh collections
Careers Booklets (mostly 1970s)
Catalogues (substantial commercial catalogues, e.g. Argos, John Lewis). See also Christmas catalogues
Charities & Societies (includes clubs)
Examples include: American Numismatic Society, American Philosophical Society, Ancient Society of College Youths, Art Fund, Art UK, Association of European Printing Museums, Bibliographical Society, British Archaeological Association, British Association of Paper Historians, British Cartographic Society, British Numismatic Society, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Council for British Archaeology, Friends of Cathedral Music, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Hundred Parishes Society, Huguenot Society, Lansdowne Club, Lutyens Trust, National Liberal Club, Not Forgotten Association, OXFAM, Ramblers’ Association, Richard III Society, Rotary Club, Royal Historical Society, Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Over-Seas League, Saint Catherine Foundation, Society of Antiquaries of London, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Society of Bookbinders, Travellers’ Club, Turf Club, William Cobbett Society, Women’s Institute, Woodland Trust.
Excludes charities for pets and guide dogs (see Domestic Pets)
Christmas cards (see also Bodley’s Librarian’s cards)
Cinema, TV & Video
Commercial General / Commercial Miscellaneous: ephemera that fall outside the main commercial categories
Competitions, Lotteries (lotteries, scratch cards etc., also includes Christmas cracker jokes)
NB: Concerts, opera, ballet, other dance, musicals (leaflets, posters, programmes) are no longer collected by the John Johnson Collection, but are passed to the Music section.
Conservation (libraries, societies, education and environment)
Copyright Receipts. Games, toys, jigsaws, calendars, blank stationery and building control form discrete categories. Other miscellaneous stamped receipts are boxed together. Unstamped ephemera sent from legal deposit (mainly inserts from periodicals) are sorted into the general modern ephemera categories.
Craft including artists’ supplies (commercial)
NB: Diaries are sent to Legal Deposit for cataloguing.
Diamond Jubilee 2012*: index
Domestic pets (started 2016): Includes charities for pets, guide dogs
Double Crown Club* (indexed)
Education General (including online; ProQuest etc, also St. Bride). Also Employment & Education General
Elections see General Elections, Politics General, Local Elections, European Election (one box, 2019) (some indexed)
Entertainment General / Entertainment Misc.
Environment (started 2012). Takes precedence over: Household, Politics, Commercial misc., Charities, Public services except Oxford.
For Electric cars see Transport.
For Green Party see Politics
Energy: saving, producing (solar etc.); action for / against; Friends of the Earth / Earth Trust / Sylva Foundation / Traidcraft / British Association for Shooting & Conservation; Recycling (advice, requests); Advice on greener living; Reducing carbon footprints (including petrol adverts for cleaner environment); Plant conservation, seed banks, reforestation; Animal conservation, endangered species; Building conservation; Saving water; Fair trade
See also Extinction Rebellion, Reclaim the Power and other direct action groups (kept separately (started 2019))
Ephemera Society / Ephemera of ephemera*
EU Referendum / Brexit*: index
Fairs and Festivals
Fashion & Cosmetics (includes Hairdressing)
Finance & insurance (for Automobile Association see Transport)
Fine Art (commercial galleries etc).
Food & Soft drinks: Advertising, restaurants, etc.
Formal General (paper bags, plastic bags, greeting cards, bookmarkers, serviettes (unless named restaurant), blank stationery, compliment slips; also MICE (Modern Information Collector’s Exchange))
Fortnum and Mason*: a continuation of the pre-1960 Fortnum & Mason sequence. Much ephemera has been received from the Archivist of Fortnum & Mason
General Elections (some indexed)
Golden Jubilee*: index
Greetings cards (all categories except Christmas cards). See also Formal General
Health / Health General (takes precedence): All health issues (including vaping). For Oxford Health see Oxford General
Horticulture (includes gardens, seeds and florists)
Hotels & holidays
Household & DIY
Jigsaws (mostly received by copyright). See also Ballam Collection.
Literary (started 2016): Modern material relating to authors, with separate sections for Tolkien, TE Lawrence, Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Philip Pullman and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
London Theatre (kept by venue)
Margaret Thatcher (death)* (indexed)
Marks & Spencer
Modern British and Irish Presses (private presses) (indexed). Also many private presses boxed by press.
National Trust etc (also Royal Oak Foundation, English Heritage, Landmark Trust and Historic Houses Association)
Olympics 2012*: index
Politics (including Local Government elections)
Office supplies, Stationery
Oxford Booktrade (includes Oxford Literary Festival and Temple Bookbinders of Oxford; Blackwells, Bodleian Publishing and OUP catalogues, Oxford Mail)
Oxford Freshers’ Fair
Oxford General (includes sport, health, transport, education (private, Secretarial, musical etc.), non-university societies, local charities, community groups, sound)
Oxford Jewish Congregation: index
Oxford Museums & Galleries
Oxford Religion (see also Oxford Jewish Congregation)
Oxford Theatre (city and university, OUDS etc. forms a continuation of the pre-1960 sequence)
Oxford Trade (includes Oxford Castle, state education; libraries; city council; Oxfordshire council; Oxford Civic Society; Oxford Preservation Trust (Open Doors)
Oxford University (includes Brookes and Ruskin, Pusey House and college chapels, Maison Française and Mansfield College)
Oxford University Societies: index
Packaging (mostly 1970s: no longer collected)
Plastic Bags (mostly 1970s: no longer collected as bio-degradable)
Postcard Albums / Postcards (Unnamed Collections)
Publishing, excl. cats. (excluding catalogues)
Public services (gas, water, electricity, telephones, postal, military (army), Didcot power station; neighbourhood / community schemes etc.). NB. These ‘public services’ are now mostly privatised, but the section has been kept together here in the interests of consistency
Religion / Religion General (including Salvation Army, Church Urban Fund, Christian Aid, specific church organs, funerals)
Royal Shakespeare Company
Royalty (mostly relating to special events: births and birthdays, jubilees, weddings, funerals. See also Birth of Prince George, Diamond Jubilee 2012, Golden Jubilee, Platinum Jubilee)
School Magazines (1970s)
School Prospectuses (1970s)
Slip Cases [indexed]
Sound (CD adverts, adverts for music magazines and sheet music, instrument making including organ building, organists associations, audiobooks, musical instrument collections). Concert ephemera are sent to the Bodleian’s Music section
Sport / Sport General See also Olympics 2012
T E Lawrence* [indexed]
Toys (mostly received by copyright). See also Ballam Collection
Trade Unions (now included in Politics)
Transport / Transport General (including Automobile Association and Electric Cars)
Unsorted: 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, mixed dates
What’s On and Tourism
Wines, Spirits, Tobacco (includes beer, wine labels)
World War One Centenary* / World War One Commemorations* [indexed]
World War Two Anniversaries*