Thursday, April 17, 2008

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

The John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera is now available to all GSA students, researchers and staff through your Athens account. The resource provides access to about 65,000 items of printed ephemera. Housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the John Johnson Collection is widely recognised as one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world and generally regarded as the most significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. It was assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University, who was visionary in his preservation of Britain's vulnerable paper heritage. It contains a high proportion of unique material, which has remained largely hidden to scholars and researchers. Collections include:
  • Nineteenth-Century Entertainment including theatre material and non-theatrical entertainment material.
  • The Booktrade - including publishing material (e.g. prospectuses of books and journals) and bookplates.
  • Popular Prints - including landscapes, architecture, artistic works and topography.
  • Crime, Murders, and Executions - a mixture of single sheets and pamphlets that afford unique insights into the judicial system and its punishments.
  • Advertising - including social and economic history, popular culture, trades and industries, and typographic design.
Access: Athens