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About About the Collection The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera offers a fresh view of British history through primary, uninterpreted printed documents which, produced for short-term use, have survived by chance. The Collection is strongest in the 18th to early 20th centuries but also contains earlier documents. Physically arranged in some 700 subject headings, it is searchable in myriad ways through detailed cataloguing, selective OCR and digitisation. The John Johnson Collection is one of the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library and it is part of the department of Rare Books and Printed Ephemera . Transferred from the Oxford University Press in 1968, It normally has a staff of one, the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection with (currently) eight volunteers who undertake projects which would not normally be accomplished. It is one of the most important and largest collections of printed ephemera in the world. There is other ephemera in the Bodleian Library and a list is in preparation. Users of the Bodleian are invited to contribute to the list by email .