Named collections

These are collections of ephemera which are not original to the John Johnson Collection, but which are curated by the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection.

The John Fraser Collection of Propaganda Postcards

Donated in 2006, this is a fascinating collection of propaganda (and some topographical) postcards, from the beginnings of the postcard era to date. Its strengths are in the First and Second World Wars, which are represented internationally. 

The John Fraser Collection has not been digitised, but volunteers have been cataloguing the cards, notably those from the South African War and the First World War.  To see these entries, use the Browse function of our online catalogue, set the scroll bar to Shelfmarks and type John Fraser, or search in the usual ways.

The index is in draft form.

The Ballam Collection of Games and Pastimes

Between 2012 and 2017, Richard Ballam has donated to the Bodleian 1,500 games and pastimes, ranging in date from 1771 to 2000.  These are currently being catalogued. Alphabetical and chronological lists enable users to discover which games are in the collection: most have been boxed and can be consulted in the normal way (with an 'A' category reader's card). Images for games out of copyright can be seen through GARD (the Games Research Database).

Playing with history showcases twenty-two of the games in a display in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (until March 6): 

Hear the collector himself talk about his collection in this podcast with video of Richard's lunchtime talk 200 years of fun and games (20 January 2016).

For further information, see our Games for Research LibGuide.

The Lennox-Boyd Collection

In November 2015, the John Johnson Collection acquired the Lennox Boyd Collection. Consisting mainly of trade cards, bill headings, ceremonial and funeral ephemera, this collection was accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by HM Government from the estate of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.

The collection complements ephemera in the John Johnson Collection, and focuses primarily on Trade Cards, Bill Headings, Note Headings, Hotel Ephemera, Coronations and Funeralia. A preliminary sort has now taken place, and a provisional index is in preparation. The next stage is a fine sort of the trade cards. In due course, these will be catalogued.  We have posted some of our early discoveries on the John Johnson Collection blog.

The Sayers Collection

We are delighted to announce the Sayers Collection of Ocean Liner Ephemera, which is being gradually transferred to the John Johnson Collection from Canada. Indexes are in preparation and a series of explanatory posts by John Sayers himself are being mounted on the John Johnson Collection blog, as well as an interview about the formation of his collection.

To April 2017, we have received the following: White Star: White Star menus (PDF 202 KB), White Star passenger lists (PDF 182 KB); Cunard: Cunard menus (PDF 365 KB), Cunard vintage menus (PDF 215 KB), Cunard passenger lists (PDF 86 KB), Cunard deck plans, Cunard general ephemera, SS Laconia 'bon voyage' messages, 1924, RMS Ivernia immigration archive 1925, Queen Mary 1937 coronation cruise, and QE2 Farewell cruise 2008, Sayers cruises on QE2, Seamen's Charity Concerts, Cunard ship stationery, and Cunard voyage logs; British India Steam Navigation Co: Menus from SS Kenya (PDF 182 KB), Menus from SS Navasa (PDF 321 KB), Children's menus from SS Kenya and Uganda (PDF 199 KB), voyage logs; Canadian Pacific: Canadian Pacific Promotional booklets, Menus (PDF 330 KB), Passenger lists (PDF 225 KB), Cruise booklets, Sailing schedules, Empress of Japan archive, 1925, Pacific cruise 1930, 1930s scrapbook, and General ephemera; Canadian-Australasian Line (NZ): General ephemera; French Line SS Liberté 1st class passage, 1956 archive; Hamburg-American & North German Lloyd St Columbus Thanksgiving Caribbean cruise 1937; P&O SS Ranchi Cruise 1926; OtherLiners at the Royal Naval Review, Spithead 1935; Baggage labels; Postcard & menu combinations (index PDF 322 KB); Allowance lists for SS United States; Reford Estate deck plans; Ship Matchbook covers, outsize items & books. 


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