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

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

Main finding aids

Print of The Connoisseur

There are four main resources you will need to use:


John Johnson online catalogue

ProQuest project

Other projects


The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera is a treasure trove for those interested in Women's Studies from 1800 to 1939. Ephemera are uninterpreted documents of the past. Redolent of their period, they give glimpses of what it was like to live at a given time through fascinating details which have often escaped formal history books.

The aim of this guide is to introduce the many finding aids to the Collection and to explain how to use them most efficiently to find subjects, names, places, images, etc. relating to women.  It is not intended to replace the John Johnson Collection website.

Please note that many major sections of relevance to Historians remain uncatalogued at an item level. There are many reasons for this. Funded digital projects have tended to focus on illustrated rather than purely textual material, and even late 19th/early 20th century events such as Women's Suffrage, the South African War, and the Great War contain much which is still in copyright.

Our main advice is that if you don't find what you are looking for online, do contact us:

Key Johnson sections for Women's Studies

References to women are omnipresent in the John Johnson Collection and it is invidious to single out individual sections.However, many of the sections specific to women are not catalogued or digitised, and include:

Women's Suffrage, including postcards in the John Johnson and John Fraser collections.

Artists: Kate Greenaway, Joan Hassall, Clare Leighton, Enid Marx. But see also the online catalogue and ProQuest project for all work by artists, male and female.

Authors: Jane Austen, Bronte Family, George Eliot, Hannah More (but see also Ballads), The Sitwells. But see also the online catalogue (e.g. for Bookjackets which are catalogued but not digitised) and, especially the ProQuest project for Prospectuses of books and journals, playbills and programmes (including dramatisations of novels)

Education: (boxes 1-7, 10, 40, 45, 48) but also Prospectuses for Books and Journals (ProQuest project) and Educational games and alphabets.

Entertainment: see Tab

Valentine cards.  New index in preparation, but many related blog posts, with images on our Pinterest site

Pastimes Embroidery folders, Fancy work, Knitting & crochet, Lace etc.  See also Sewing Cottons and Sewing Machines

Periodicals First and special numbers only, including First Numbers, Womens and First Numbers, Novelettes.  Handlisted. See SOLO for complete runs. See also Prospectuses of Journals

Political, Religious, Social and Economic History see Social History and Political History tabs.

Sport The Sport section is indexed but not catalogued.  Many of our most striking images of women playing sport are in advertisements.

Transport see Tab.

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