The all-new John Johnson Collection website

gaitiety-girl-front-cover_webIn order to provide clear, navigable and up-to-date information to users of one of the largest and most important ephemera collections in the world, staff at the Bodleian Library have rewritten and relaunched the John Johnson Collection website ( With over 1.5 million items, the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera provides unique and often surprising evidence of our cultural, social and commercial history. The new website will make its material more accessible to users worldwide.

As well as a more modern feel, the site has the following new features:

  • An enhanced online catalogue offering Boolean searching, images, and links to the ProQuest digitisation project site from individual records
  • Hundreds of new online indexes and finding aids
  • Detailed information on catalogued and digitised sections (with links to project information)
  • Image galleries
  • An ‘In the spotlight’ rotating feature
  • Weekly information for readers the Bodleian Libraries move
  • RSS feeds
  • 1971 John Johnson Collection exhibition catalogue online
  • Ask a John Johnson Librarian form
The ephemera collection was assembled by John de Monins Johnson between 1923 and 1956 and was housed at the Oxford University Press until its transfer to the Bodleian Library in 1968. The collection incorporates a very wide range of ephemera, from Victorian playbills to crime broadsides and from political cartoons to advertisements. Although the earliest item dates from 1508 and there are limited holdings of 16th and 17th century ephemera, the strength of the collection lies in its 18th, 19th and early 20th century material.

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