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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.


Content Roundup – Last Week – September 2018

Front paste down – Front fly leaf, recto – Belle Air 1952

This week – newly digitized for your reading and research pleasures – are a number of new story paper issues – the 1952 Belle Air yearbook – and a Thanksgiving Dinner menu from U.S.S. Proteus from 1945, newly donated to the James D. Reap, Jr. Collection.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The war tiger of the Modocs / by Capt. L. C. Carleton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530413]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 44, Saturday, November 3, 1906

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531311]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 92, March 2, 1867

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529867]

The country gentleman, v. LXXX, no. 15, April 10, 1915

Country Gentleman (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531227]

[4] p., The People’s Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 5, May 1906

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531283]

James D. Reap, Jr. Collection

Menu, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, November 22nd. 1945, U.S.S. Proteus

Menu, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, November 22nd. 1945, U.S.S. Proteus
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532618]

Villanova Digital Collection

Yearbooks

Belle Air 1952
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:532087]


Content Roundup – Third Week – September 2018

[5] p., Belle Air 1937

As the heat and humidity break bringing cooler and dryer air to campus, take a moment to examine some of materials newly digitized this week including two more Belle Air yearbooks (1937 and 1955) and a handful of story paper issues!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Hawk-eye the hunter / by Capt. Frederick Whittaker
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530219]

Periodicals

[177] p., Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 90, February 16, 1867

Chimney Corner (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529599]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529619]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529639]

[1] p., Lone scout, v. IX, no. 51, October 9, 1920

Lone Scout (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528977]

Villanova Digital Collection

[6] p., Belle Air 1955

Yearbooks

Belle Air 1937
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531641]

Belle Air 1955
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:531351]


Content Roundup – Second Week – September 2018

Title page, Belle Air, 1949

As the rains continue, take a break and examine some of the newly digitized materials from the University’s distinctive collections. Newly available this week are more new story paper issues containing fiction from by-gone days, two commencement programs, and two Belle Air yearbooks from 1946 and 1949.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 43, Saturday, October 27, 1906

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530391]

[1] p., Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 87, January 26, 1867

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529350]

Front cover, The country gentleman, v. LXXVII, no. 44, November 2, 1912

Country Gentleman (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530323]

[1] p., Lone scout, v. IX, no. 21, March 13, 1920

Lone Scout (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529083]

[1] p., The People’s Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 4, April 1906

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530359]

Villanova Digital Collection

Yearbooks

[3] p., “War …”, Belle Air 1946

Belle Air 1946
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530067]

Belle Air 1949
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:530737]

Commencement

Commencement Program, 1973
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528572]

Commencement Program, 1974
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528468]


eBook available: How to Do Mechanical Tricks

Our latest Project Gutenberg eBook release, produced with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders project, is another Ten Cent Hand Book published by Frank Tousey: How to Do Mechanical Tricks, published in 1902.

Like most of the books in this inexpensive, paper-covered series, the content appears to have been gathered together from a variety of sources, often without regard to attribution or context. The collected instructions describe how to perform a variety of magic tricks and optical illusions, most relying on simple physics, mathematics, or commonly found household items. A lot has changed in the more-than-a-century that has passed since the publication of this book, and there are definitely some tricks here you really shouldn’t try at home (like simulating volcanoes using a chemical reaction involving lead paint or catapulting flaming matches); however, some of these demonstrations have proven timeless and can still be found in contemporary how-to books on illusions.

The entire book, complete with many diagrams, can be downloaded or read online through Project Gutenberg. Enjoy with care!


Available for proofreading: Flower and Jewel

Front cover, Flower and Jewel; or, Daisy Forrest’s daughter / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

Our latest title to join the Distributed Proofreaders project for inclusion in Project Gutenberg is Flower & Jewel, another novel by prolific story paper novelist Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, author of The Bride of the Tomb (and countless other melodramas). The story was first serialized in The Fireside Companion in 1888, but we are working with a later paper-covered reprint from the early 20th century. You can volunteer to help turn our scans of this long-forgotten work into a new electronic edition of the book — just read this earlier blog post to learn how the process works, then sign up at the project page!


Content Roundup – First Week – September 2018

Front cover, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. IV, no. 86, January 19, 1867

Newly digitized and available this week are a number of early story paper issues featuring serial fiction, 2 Dime Novels, and another in the set of Villanova Commencement Programs, this “Corrected Copy” from 1972.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover

Old Jack’s frontier cabin / by R.L. Wheeler
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529659]

Front cover

Pretty Miss Smith / by Florence Warden
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529198]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXIV, no. 41, Saturday, October 13, 1906

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529290]

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529330]

Front cover, Lone scout, v. IX, no. 7, December 6, 1919

Lone Scout (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:529037]

Villanova Digital Collection

Commencement

Front cover (Corrected)

Program, Commencement, 129th year, Tuesday May 16th, 1972
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528524]


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