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Content Roundup – mid-December 2018

Front cover, Tiger Tom, the Texan terror / by Oll Coomes

In this year end issue of the Content Roundup, take a look at some of the newly digitized materials added to the collections. Highlights include more Dime Novels, more Story Paper issues, more issues of the National Defender newspaper from the 1870s, another Belle Air yearbook, and the final volume of a rare edition of the Bible ornamented with engravings. Enjoy your holiday but check back as more content will be arriving in the New Year!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Tiger Tom, the Texan terror / by Oll Coomes
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:543665]

Red Rattlesnake, the Pawnee : or, Life on the border / by Capt. Latham C. Carleton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:540723]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXV, no. 22, Saturday, June 1, 1907

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541321]

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536191]

The flag of our Union, v. XXII, no. 11, Saturday, March 16, 1867

Flag of Our Union (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539405]

Golden Days : for Boys and Girls, v. I, no. 4, March 27, 1880

Golden Days (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:543069]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXIII, no. 1, January 1908

People’s Home Journal (7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541341]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541369]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541904]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541932]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541960]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541988]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:542012]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. XVII, no. 19, Tuesday, December 17, 1872

National Defender (32 issues added from 1872-73)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Joseph McGarrity

Newspapers

The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 51, January 23, 1869

The Emerald (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541659]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541269]

“Colonel Michael Doheny, USA”, Supplement to the Irish Fireside, v.5, no. 121, October 14, 1885

Irish Fireside (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:542168]

La Salle University Collection

[3] p.

Volume 4: New Testament, completes the set of The Holy Bible, ornamented with engravings by James Fittler from celebrated pictures of old masters
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/item/vudl:543163]

Villanova Digital Collection

Yearbooks

[3] p., Belle Air 1953

Belle Air 1953
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532684]


Content Roundup – First Week – December 2018

Supplement to the Irish Fireside, July 29, 1885

Newly available this week are story paper issues – including more of the Irish-American “Emerald”, the Dublin published “Irish Fireside” – as well as more Dime Novels, three Belle Air yearbooks, all of the Villanova College commencement programs till 1900 and a smattering of other content!

A prince of swindlers / by Guy Boothby
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536420]

Beadle’s Frontier Series (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541095]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXV, no. 21, Saturday, May 25, 1907

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541301]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. VIII, no. 187, December 26, 1868

Chimney Corner (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537054]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537773]

Flag of Our Union (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538989]

Scholarship

John Regan biography (1 document added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541881]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[363] p., The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 48, January 9, 1869

The Emerald (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541249]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:541229]

Supplement to the Irish Fireside July 22, 1885

Irish Fireside (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:542168]

Villanova Digital Collection

Commencement Programs: (all available programs 1850-1900)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:523674]

Yearbooks

Belle Air 1954
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:542797]

Belle Air 1960
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537133]

[10] p., Belle Air 1962

Belle Air 1962
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:540336]

Undergraduate Theses

The Experience of Homelessness as it Relates to Human Dignity / Eliza Clark
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:543060]


Content Roundup – Last Weeks of November 2018

The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 43, November 28, 1868

From November, take a glance through some of the newly digitized materials for your reading and research needs. Continued issues of story papers and Dime Novels

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The woman trapper / by Col. Prentiss Ingraham
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539605]

The ranger boy’s career, or, Cougar Bill in Texas / by Captain Frederick Whittaker
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532302]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXV, no. 17, Saturday, April 27, 1907

Chicago Ledger (3 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539709]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539729]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539749]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 102, May 11, 1867

Chimney Corner (3 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529967]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529987]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530007]

The flag of our Union, v. XXII, no. 8, Saturday, February 23, 1867

Flag of Our Union (3 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538969]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538913]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538893]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXII, no. 11, November 1907

People’s Home Journal (2 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539801]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539769]

The People’s literary companion, v. 36, no. 3, October, 1904

People’s Literary Companion (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536798]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 47, December 26, 1868

The Emerald (18 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538892]

La Salle University

Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature

[72] p., The Holy Bible [v. 2: Samuel to Job] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler from celebrated pictures by old masters

The Holy Bible [v. 2: Samuel to Job] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:539009]


Content Roundup – First Week of November – 2018

The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 31, September 5, 1868

This week brings a host of newly digitized story paper issues, rare periodicals, and Dime novels, including issues from The Emerald, a rare New York published story paper featuring Irish and Irish-American fiction, poetry, and news.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

 

Fiction

 

The Ocean detective; or, Captain Talcott’s secret : a thrilling tale of ocean warfare / by Major A. F. Grant
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537028]

Harry Dare; or, A New York boy in the navy / by Col. Ralph Fenton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536892]

A New York boy among the Indians / by George L. Aiken
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537545]

The hunter’s secret : or, Gamblers among the redskins : a story of Idaho / by Arthur L. Meserve
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531019]

 

Paratextual

 

Poster, Ireland Will Be Free
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536621]

 

Periodicals

 

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530537]

Chicago Ledger (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537794]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537814] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537834] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537854] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:537874] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538641]

Gentlewoman (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534122]

Cottage Hearth (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531891] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531937] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531985] [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532037]

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533230]

People’s Literary Companion (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534210]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536778]

 

Joseph McGarrity Collection

 

Books

 

March of the Sixty-ninth
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:538290]

 

Newspapers

 

The Emerald : an illustrated literary journal, v. 2, no. 27, August 8, 1868

The Emerald (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:538892?recordID=vudl%3A538812]


March of the Sixty-Ninth

This recent acquisition titled, “March of the Sixty-Ninth,” references New York’s 69th Infantry Regiment, popularly known as “The Fighting 69th” or “The Fighting Irish.” The regiment’s coat of arms at the top of the page include the names of well-known Irish military heroes including Commodore John Barry, as well as motifs of Irish heritage such as the shamrock and the golden harp. The two Irish wolfhounds on either side inspired the regimental motto, “Gentle when stroked, fierce when provoked.”

The text, possibly a poem or a song, seeks to combat anti-immigrant sentiments by demonstrating the natural bravery of the Irish soldiers and their loyalty to both their home country and the United States. The idea is reinforced by the repeating exclamation by Winfield Scott, Commanding General of the U.S. Army, “Seldom such men I’ve led; There go the boys for a FIGHTING BRIGADE!”

Around 1851 the 69th Regiment began the tradition still followed today of leading the marchers in New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the text here likely refers to a military inspection parade observed by Scott, known for his nickname “Old Fuss and Feathers” because of his attention to details and military formalities. Traditionally, military parades were not commonly held in the United States outside of war time, though in the early days of U.S. history military parades were sometimes reviewed by the President on the Fourth of July. But given the publication date noted here as “All-Hallow Eve” – October 31st, 1858 – do you think the 69th were marching in a Halloween parade instead?!

Transcription:

Comrades! the cocks in yon hamlet are crowing,
The morning star pales like our own dying lamp,
But fill, and we’ll drink “dough-a-doras” o’erflowing,
To outposts and soldiers asleep in the Camp.
Promptly at duty’s call
Forth they rushed one and all,
Must’ring in order along the Parade;
Gallant old Scott has said,
“Seldom such men I’ve led;
There go the boys for a FIGHTING BRIGADE!”

Honored by good men’s unsought approbation,
Specially thanked by the Chief of our State,
Soldiers by birthright, they’re sons of a nation
Of warriors who used but their swords in debate!
Marked ye the ranks to-day!
Straight as sun-setting ray,
Proudly they passed at INSPECTION PARADE;
Well has the veteran said –
“Seldom such men I’ve led;
There go the boys for a FIGHTING BRIGADE!”

True to the land of their birth and adoption,
Upholding the Free Flag, revering the Green,
More loyally bound to the home of their option
Than Orange or native-bred Arnolds have been. –
Impotent bigot-slaves,
Cravens and traitor-knaves,
War’s wild excitement would make ye afraid;
Scott knew ye well that day,
When he was heard to say –
“There go the boys for a FIGHTING BRIGADE!”

Comrades! away to your posts and your duty,
For Sol gilds the vane on the village church dome;
And ere he goes down, friends, affection, and beauty,
Will throng to the Batt’ry to welcome us home.
Guardians of liberty!
Soldiers we’re proud to see,
Eirinn’s allegiance ‘neath FREE FLAG arrayed!
Braver men never fought;
Truer men never sought
Liberty’s shrine, than the IRISH BRIGADE!


Content Roundup – Fourth Week – October 2018

Front cover, An Teagask Creestye agus Paidreagha na Mainne agus an tranona

Newly digitized this week are a host of new story paper issues, more Villanova commencement programs, a number rare Irish language titles from the Joseph McGarrity Collection, and more Dime Novels! Stay warm as the chill is in the air.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Tuscarora’s vow : or, Along the Mohawk / by Sandy G.V. Griswold
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533018]

Squatty Dick : or, The short-legged hunter / by Capt. L. C. Carleton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536212]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 48, Saturday, December 1, 1906

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533162]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533182]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 97, April 6, 1867

Chimney Corner (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529927]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529947]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530517]

The gentlewoman, v. XXIII, no. 10, October 1915

Gentlewoman (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534182]

Hearth and Home (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534150]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXII, no. 5, May 1907

People’s Home Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532586]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533202]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

p. 15

An Teagask Creestye agus Paidreagha na Mainne agus an tranona (1808)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536627]

An Teagask Creestye agus Paidreagha na Mainne agus an tranona (1820)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536687]

An easy and useful method of meditation
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536826]

[ii] p., Charitable institution of the Holy Childhood

Charitable institution of the Holy Childhood
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536741]

Villanova Digital Collection

Commencement

Newspaper clipping, Commencement, 50th year, June 21, 1893
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536889]

Program, Commencement, 35th year, Monday June 25th, 1886

Programs (6 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:523674]


Content Roundup – Second and Third Weeks – October 2018

Front cover, Scrapbook of John F. Ballier, circa 1831-1889

This double-dose of newly digitized content includes a host of dime novels and story paper issues, a newly acquired photo album from a Nurse, more commencement programs, 4 Belle Air yearbooks, and a scrapbook of John F. Ballier, which includes a signed letter from Abraham Lincoln. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, Ballier formed the 21st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers for three months’ service, holding the rank of Colonel. When, at the expiration of that term, he was ordered to recruit a regiment for three years’ service, he organized the 98th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Fighting with the 98th in the Battle of Fort Stevens, Washington, D. C., 12 July 1864, he was wounded (for the second time in the war) and was visited afterwards by President Lincoln, who conferred upon him the rank of Brevet Brigadier General.

Americana

[17] p.

Photographic Album, Nurse’s Album of Work and Family Trip
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:536055]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The young mountaineer / by Col. Prentiss Ingraham
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533974]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 47, Saturday, November 24, 1906

Chicago Ledger (2 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533122]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533142]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 94, March 16, 1867

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529907]

The Fortune Finder, v. 1, no. 1, April, 1895

Fortune Finder (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533322]

LeBlanc Bibliography (22 PDFs added or updated in these 2 items)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533948]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:287327]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXII, no. 2, February 1907

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532554]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

Rear paste down

Scrapbook of John F. Ballier, circa 1831-1889
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:535512]

Villanova Digital Collection

Commencement

Program, Commencement, 39th year, Wednesday June 22, 1887

Programs (6 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:523674]

Yearbooks

[13] p., Belle Air 1943

Belle Air 1943
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534238]

p. 12, Belle Air 1950

Belle Air 1950
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534579]

Front fly leaf, Belle Air 1951

Belle Air 1951
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:534834]

p. 5, Belle Air 1967

Belle Air 1967
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:535057]


Content Roundup – First Week – October 2018

[61] p., Autograph album/ compiled by Joseph E. Hernandez

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The fearless ranger : or, Life on the plains : a story of the far West / by J. Milton Hoffman
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529763]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 45, Saturday, November 10, 1906

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531331]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 93, March 9, 1867

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529887]

The country gentleman, v. LXXX, no. 29, July 17, 1915

Country Gentleman (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532486]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 7, July 1906

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532526]

Villanova Digital Collection

Painting of a red-and-white striped lighthouse with a ship on the sea to the right, signed by Jas. A Harkins.

[76], p. “Painting of a lighthouse, signed by Jas. A Harkins”

Autograph album / compiled by Joseph E. Hernandez
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:533362]


Joseph E. Hernandez, Class of 1885

Decorative ink-work in red around the word "Friendship."

“Friendship.”

We recently digitized an interesting autograph album that was compiled by Joseph Everal Hernandez, a student at Villanova College in the 1880s. Hernandez wrote a poem at the beginning of the album “to my friends” in which he begins:

When years elapse,

It may, perhaps,

Delight us to review these scraps,

And live again ‘mid scenes so gay…

The following pages in the album hold prose, poetry, and art by Hernandez’s friends and family, as well as possibly a few teachers, primarily from his time at Villanova. Some of the names appear more than once.

Pen and ink drawing of a lion, signed by William P. Regan. A note at the top of the image reads "Please do not touch this page."

“Please do not touch this page.” (We touched it to digitize it!)

The artwork includes several pen-and-ink drawings, as well as a few paintings. Two particularly lovely paintings by Hernandez’s classmate James Harkins of Atlantic City, New Jersey, depict a red-and-white striped lighthouse and a house beside a river.

Many entries are dated, with years ranging from 1882 to 1887, and most note what seems to be the author’s hometown. Hernandez was from St. Augustine, Florida, and there are some names from that locale, in addition to his friends from Villanova.

Painting of a red-and-white striped lighthouse with a ship on the sea to the right, signed by Jas. A Harkins.

Painting of a lighthouse, signed by Jas. A Harkins.

Looking through the Villanova College catalogues that we have digitized from the 1880s, I was able to trace Hernandez’s academic career. In 1883, he received a “commercial diploma” and a Gold Medal for Gentlemanly Conduct. In 1885, he received a Bachelor of Science degree, the only degree conferred that year. Throughout his time at the College, he received a number of academic “premiums” in various subjects, including Arithmetic, History, Book-Keeping, Piano, Christian Doctrine, and Navigation. He was a member of the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception of B.V.M. (a Roman Catholic Marian society); the Villanova Debating Society; and the Library and Reading Room Society.

This album provides a glimpse back at a young man’s friendships in the late 19th century. I highly recommend that you take some time to peruse the album yourself in the Digital Library!

A lithograph depicting Villanova College in the 1880s, showing a 4-story building topped by a cupola and two crosses, with a few human figures walking in the foreground.

A lithograph depicting Villanova College, published in the 1884-85 College Catalogue.


eBook available: The Dreadnought Boys on a Submarine

Our latest Project Gutenberg release, produced through the Distributed Proofreaders project, is another entry in the Dreadnought Boys series of naval adventures. In The Dreadnought Boys on a Submarine, series heroes Ned Strong and Herc Taylor are assigned to assist in government testing of a new experimental submarine. Of course, agents of a foreign power are on hand to complicate matters with a bit of sabotage!

This is a fairly typical series book for its time period, in which the good guys are very good, the bad guys are very bad, and the surprises aren’t overly surprising. The nearly-contemporary Motor Stories dime novels offered more interesting adventures along similar thematic lines. This book is interesting for at least a couple of small reasons, though. First of all, it sells a nationalist, pro-military stance to youthful readers just a few years before the outbreak of World War I; the extremely negative portrayal of a pacifist character is particularly noteworthy. Additionally, it paints a very positive image of journalists, perhaps because journalism was the primary profession of its author, John Henry Goldfrap, who wrote this series pseudonymously as “Captain Wilbur Lawton.”

If you care to take a first-hand look, the full text of the adventure can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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