Actors, Actresses and Entertainers in the John Johnson Collection: a brief guide to resources
An index to our Actors, Actresses and Entertainers section is online. However, the resources of the John Johnson Collection for the theatre or family historian go far beyond these nine boxes. Detailed metadata enable users to locate references to performers in thousands of playbills, programmes, prints, music titles, advertisements and other ephemera.
All records are in our online catalogue: (browse: name index).
For the 18th century, images of Entertainment ephemera are available through Digital.Bodleian (under Ephemera).
For the 19th century, images of more than 20,700 theatrical and non-theatrical Entertainment ephemera can be found on the ProQuest site: The John Johnson Collection: an archive of printed ephemera http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/ This is available free to all in the UK (click on Access this collection or use the direct geoloc url
For the 20th century to 1960 there are no digital images, but our online catalogue includes detailed records for London theatres A-P and basic records for Provincial theatre. For the period after 1960, we are continuing to collect and to sort theatre programmes, which are kept by theatre and arranged chronologically. There are currently no finding aids.