Arlene Leis on Sarah Sophia Banks’s Collection of Ephemera

Posted in resources by Editor on June 6, 2014

Those of you working on ephemera may be interested in the John Johnson Collection’s Ephemera Resources Blog, associated with The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, which itself

is one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world and is a very rich source for social and printing historians. Assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882–1956), papyrologist, and Printer to the University, it contains c.1.5 million items. Spanning from 1508 to 1939 (and beyond in some areas), the strengths of the Collection are in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The John Johnson Collection (formerly called the Constance Meade Memorial Collection of Ephemeral Printing) was transferred to the Bodleian Library from Oxford University Press in 1968.

Online since 2011, the blog then

aims to accumulate a useful and growing guide to the many websites either wholly or partially devoted to ephemera. The blog will list two types of resources: online resources and bibliographic references (books and articles, both hard copy and electronic).


British Museum. Prints and Drawings. C.1-193-219.

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Most recently, Arlene Leis contributes a guest posting:

Arlene Leis, “Sarah Sophia Banks: Collecting Ephemera in Late Georgian England,” John Johnson Collection’s Ephemera Resources Blog (3 June 2014).

The Prints and Drawings room at the British Museum holds a fascinating collection of ephemera amassed by Sarah Sophia Banks (1744–1818), sister of the celebrated botanist and President of the Royal Society Sir Joseph Banks. While Sir Joseph is a well-known collector of natural history whose collections helped shape the foundations of the Natural History Museum, Sarah Sophia, also an avid collector, has remained for the most part in her brother’s shadow. This, fortunately, is beginning to change. . . .

The full posting is available here»

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