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John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera and Women's Studies: Finding images

A guide to finding the easiest ways to accessing ephemera of interest to Women's Studies in the John Johnson Collection

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 online catalogue except: Ballads, the Toyota Project (transport, including a few images of carriages and coaches) 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 John Johnson Collection ProQuest project is now integrated into ProQuest's main platform, through which it can be cross-searched with other collections.

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 Collections, John Johnson Collection + title and then View Collection.   VADS, in turn, can be cross-searched through Culture Grid.

18th century Entertainment, Board Games and Writing Blanks are online through Digital Bodleian

Iconographic indexing

We  index the images too, using: Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials and 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.


Images such as these abound in the CollectionRoyal Bar-lock advertisement

(C) John Johnson Collection: Office Equipment 2