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John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera for English Literature students: Finding images

How to use printed ephemera from the John Johnson Collection in the study of English literature

Print Shop

Print titled Very slippy weather indeed, showing Hannah Humphrey's print shop with prints in the window, and with a gentleman slipping up outside

(C) Trade in Prints and Scraps 8 (74)

Iconographic indexing

We  index the images too.  We use: Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and, more rarely, Iconclass.

In The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera (ProQuest) always use 'Look up illustration subjects' to check that your search term is the best one.

Finding images

To find out which sections of the John Johnson Collection have been catalogued and digitised, you should refer to the online table: Digitised sections of the Collection and our Introduction to Finding Images.

We currently have c. 118,000 records online, with 183,000 images.

All images are on our own website except: Ballads, the Toyota Project (transport, now archived) and the ProQuest project:  The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera. This (our largest) project. contains 65,000 items, with over 170,000 images) It covers:

  • Popular Prints
  • Advertising
  • 19th century Entertainment
  • Crime, Murders and Executions
  • Booktrade

The ProQuest project, can be cross-searched with other collections through Connected Histories.  You should use the  ProQuest project either through the University network or use the geoloc url which enables anyone in the UK to have access:

Political Cartoons and Trades and Professions Prints can be browsed and searched in the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). To browse the images, click on Images next to the project title.  VADS, in turn, can be cross-searched through Culture Grid.

18th century Entertainment, Board Games and Writing Blanks (or school pieces) are online through Digital Bodleian.

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