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Content Roundup – Third Week – July 2019

Masthead detail, Star spangled banner, v. V, no. 43, Saturday, July 12, 1851

This week’s newly digitized content includes two scrapbook advertisements for the upcoming fall scrapbook exhibit, a new audio performance from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, the completion of all extant issues of the Weekly Wayne Gazette from the Radnor Historical Society, and number of other story paper issues, including one from the ultra rare Star Spangled Banner.

Americana

Detail, p. 28

Advertising leaf, from a 1901-1902 trade catalog of A.C. McClurg & Co.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570283]

Trade card for F. Trifet, dealer in scrap book pictures and fancy cards
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570370]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Detail, p. [1], Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 45, Wednesday, November 9, 1898

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565749]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565761]

Detail, p. [137], The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 18, Saturday, May 6, 1854

Flag of Our Union (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567873]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567885]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567897]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567909]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565983]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567611]

Detail, p. [1], Saturday Night, v. XII, no. 44, Saturday July 17, 1875

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:569557]

Star Spangled Banner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570166]

Masthead detail, The Yankee blade, v. IX, no. 10, Saturday, October 27, 1849

Yankee Blade (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570237]

Radnor Historical Society

Masthead detail, Weekly Wayne Gazette, v. 1, no. 52, June 22, 1872

Weekly Wayne Gazette (20 issues added, completing digitization of all available issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566692]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Tulla Ceili Band, hosted by the Philadelphia Ceili Group at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia on September 17, 1982 (1 file)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570467]


Available for proofreading: The Red Cross Girls on the French Firing Line

Following last month’s unveiling of The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches, we have released its sequel into the rounds of the Distributed Proofreaders project. The Red Cross Girls on the French Firing Line is the second entry in the WWI-era juvenile series.

To help create a new free electronic edition of this century-old book on Project Gutenberg, you can read this earlier blog post to learn how the process works, then join in the work at the project page.


Content Roundup – Second Week – July 2019

p. 78, Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), January 3, 1892 – October 26, 1901

This week’s newly digitized offerings include more Dime Novels, story paper issues, Irish music, and the next minute book from the MacSwiney Club.
Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Detective Hardscrabble’s long chase; or, Solving the Catherwood mystery / by Bernard Wayde
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568295]

Redeemed by love / by Charlotte M. Braeme.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568225]

Front cover, selection

Old Sleuth’s shore inn case; or, The Mark of the crescent scar / by “Old Sleuth.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566043]

Ruby Gordon; or, Back from the grave / by Libbie Sprague Phillips
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568129]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565725]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565737]

Selection, p. [129], The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 17, Saturday, April 29, 1854

Flag of Our Union (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566612]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566624]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567837]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567849]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567861]

p. 236, International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 8, no. 15

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565943]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565963]

MacSwiney Club

Minute Books

Selection, p. 1

Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), January 3, 1892 – October 26, 1901
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568403]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (6 files added – completing digitization of this event)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]


Content Roundup – First Week – July 2019

p. 24, selection,The Bummer boy, a “spoony” biography / By “That-brick.”

This week’s newly digitized offerings include a number of treasures to fill your early July days! Notable materials include: a dissected early map of Asia used as jigsaw puzzle, more issues of the Weekly Wayne Gazette from the Radnor Historical Society, more rare issues of storypapers including the Centennial Record and the Weekly Novelette, more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, a political pamphlet satirizing the presidential hopeful Benjamin Butler, and the first song (sheet music) designed to altert the public of a kidnapped child!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, selection

Old Cap. Collier and the “speckled hands” conspiracy; or, The Mystery of the first night of the opera / by the author of “Old Cap. Collier.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565866]

Non-Fiction

The Bummer boy a “spoony” biography / By “That-brick.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567651]

Billy-boy : the kidnapped child / words by Sam Bullock; Music by W. E. “Paddy” Krepper
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567679]

Periodicals

Centennial Record cover, 1876, about July 4th

The Centennial Record (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:568028]

The Weekly novelette, v. III, no. 3, Saturday, April 3, 1858

Weekly Novelette (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567689]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567707]

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565701]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565713]

Front cover, selection,The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 11, Saturday, March 18, 1854

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566083]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566095]

p. 197, selection, International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 7, no. 13

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565923]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (2 files added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]

Radnor Historical Society

Front cover, selection, Wayne Weekly Gazette, v. 1, no. 32, December 30, 1871

Weekly Wayne Gazette (23 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:566692]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

Map selections and Box

Dissected Map of Asia
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568019]


Map Quest

In my quest for “complex” items from our Distinctive Collections to add to Villanova University’s Digital Library (see: Scanning a Panoramic Sketch) I was drawn to the many beautiful hand-colored maps in The John F. Smith, III, and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. While a few unframed maps and prints were already added to the Digital Library, the majority of the collection holdings to date are custom framed and previously unscanned (See: The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection: A Recent Addition to Special Collections). Making use of past exhibition posters, I was able to utilize the large poster boards to remove or minimize the reflective glare from the framed glass to digitally capture these wonderful and unique images.

Pair of maps depicting the surface of the moon, based upon the models of Johannes Hevelius and Giovanni Battista Riccioli.

There are currently 62 items from the collection now in our Digital Library, 35 items are currently on display at Picotte Hall at Dundale, and we are expecting another installment of items for donation from the Smiths this summer. In addition to the items in the Digital Library, Distinctive Collections Librarian Laura Bang is developing a web exhibit for the collection, featuring Mr. Smith’s personal reflections on each map. We are excited to highlight and provide access in a myriad of ways to these historic documents as part of our academic mission.

This 18th century map of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York features an elaborate cartouche showing William Penn trading with natives, local flora and fauna, and a wild turkey. This Smith map is especially fine with ornate and expert hand-coloring, compared with another example, below, in our Special Collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selections from this collection were also previously on display in Around the World: Selections from the Smith Antique Map Collection, an exhibit on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library in Spring 2018. Alongside these selections were other map and cartographic items from Special Collections, including a curious dissected map – an early precursor to the modern jigsaw puzzle! This item had also not yet been digitized, so I enlisted my colleagues to help assemble the pieces in preparation for digitizing.

Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, and Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian, practice their geography skills.  

Some of the earliest surviving dissected maps were sold in London in the 1760s by mapmaker John Spilsbury. Originally a method of teaching geography to the children of the aristocracy, puzzle maps became more accessible to a broader range of clientele as new methods of manufacturing made the process cheaper. Our example came in a wooden box, with a handwritten inscription on the bottom: “with dear Papa’s best love and wishes, December 31st 1849.”

We did it! After successfully completing the (educational and entertaining!) puzzle, here is the finished product – which you can see dissected and undissected –  in the Digital Library: Map of Asia, by James Wyld.


Content Roundup – Last Week – June 2019

Detail, cover – “New York Vampires” -Saturday Night, v. XXXIV, no. 17, Saturday, December 12, 1896

This week brings hot weather and the hottest in newly digitized content! Of note this week are 52 issues from the Philadelphia story paper “Saturday Night”; more dime novels, including two rare offerings from Munro’s Ten Cent Novels series, a commemorative Saki cup from the James D. Reap, Jr. Collection and more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Allan’s wife / by H. Rider Haggard (Arundel Library)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566770]

[3] p., “Passing a signal tower”

The Railroad (Engine Series)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565577]

The forest lodge : a romance of Indian life / by J. Springer (Munro’s Ten Cent Novels)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567094]

Gairook, the Montauk chief / by an old trapper (Munro’s Ten Cent Novels)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567199]

Dave Dotson and the tragedy of the woods; or, Solving the mysterious murder of a beautiful heiress / by Old Cap. Collier (Old Cap. Collier Library)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565830]

A Dead man’s hand; or, Caught by his own victim / by “Old Sleuth.” (Old Sleuth Weekly)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566003]

Periodicals

Front cover,Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 36, Wednesday, September 7, 1898

Chicago Ledger (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565649]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565689]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567402]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567452]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567475]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567498]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567525]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567579]

Detail, cover -Saturday Night, v. XXXIV, no. 47, Saturday, July 10, 1897

Saturday Night (52 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564589]

James D. Reap, Jr. Collection

Sake Cup with Commemorative Box

Sake Cup with Commemorative Box — Celebrating the Invasion of Nanking, China, 1937
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567727]

Manuscripts

Uncollected manuscripts

Front, Virginia manuscript certificate for wolf-scalping bounty

Virginia manuscript certificate for wolf-scalping bounty
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567602]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (Tapes 5 & 6 – 4 files added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]

Villanova Digital Collection

2019 Undergraduate Honors Theses (5 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


The Shelf List, June 2019

The Shelf List highlights items added to the catalog in the past month. Some of these are new acquisitions and some are items from our backlog. Follow the links to view the full catalog records.

A scrapbook page with an illustration of chickens affixed at the top and two newsclippings affixed below.

A page from the Mary Frances Knighton scrapbook.

Art Curiosa Collection

Bullock, Sam, and W. E. “Paddy” Krepper. Billy-boy: The Kidnapped Child. Cleveland, Ohio: Bee Key Music Co., 1909.

The Bummer Boy: A “spoony” Biography. [New York]: American News Co., 1868.

Carleton, L. C. Hickory Jack, Or, The Wild Man of the Woods. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Fletcher, Samuel. The Blazing Arrow. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Haggard, H. Rider. Allan’s Wife. New York: Hurst & Company, 1889.

Kennedy, A. E. The Three Bears. New York: Sam’l Gabriel Sons & Co., 1911.

Paine, Horace. The Boy’s Best Weekly. Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook Co., 1909.

The Railroad. New York: Charles E. Graham & Co., 1915.

Springer, J. The Forest Lodge: A Romance of Indian Life. New York: George Munro & Co., publishers, 137 William Street, 1864.

Treasure Island: (c)Fox Film Corp. New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Co., 1918.

 

Augustiniana Collection

Tonna-Barthet, Antonino. La Vita Di Gesù Nel Testo Concordato Dei Vangeli Con Riflessioni Di S. Agostino. Firenze: Tipografía Fiorenza, 1939.

 

Early American Imprints

Sherman, George, John Mershon, and Isaiah Thomas. New-Jersey State Gazette. Trenton, N.J.: Printed by Sherman, Mershon & Thomas, 1799. Volume I, Number 45, January 7, 1800.

 

Joseph McGarrity Collection

[Scrapbook, Shelbourne Hotel Dublin]. Dublin: s.n., 1930.

 

Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

Andrew Jackson. Hartford: D.W. Kellogg & Co., 1830.

The Great American Tanner. New York: Currier & Ives, 1868.

James G. Birney: Nominated By the Liberty Party for Eleventh President of the United States. [New York]: Lith. & Pub. by N. Currier, 2 Spruce St., 1844.

James K. Polk: Eleventh President of the United States. [Boston]: Published by F. Gleason, 1 1/2 Tremont Row, 1845.

John P. Hale: The Champion of Liberty and Free Soil. [New York]: Kellogg & Comstock, 1852.

Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States, Inaugurated March 4th, 1837. [Hartford]: [D.W. Kellogg & Co.], 1837.

National Democratic Banner of Victory, 1868. [New York]: Published by Currier & Ives, 1868.

National Union Republican Banner, 1868. New York: Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., 1868.

 

Manuscripts Collection

Albert Ritter Scrapbook.

Brown, John. Virginia Manuscript Certificate for Wolf-scalping Bounty. Virginia: s.n., 1804.

James Hazen Hardy, Jr., Papers.

Mary Frances Knighton Scrapbook.

 

If you are interested in viewing any Special Collections materials, you can schedule an appointment with our staff.


A Small Treasure Found in the Stacks

Merriam Webster dictionary defines ephemera as an item of “no lasting significance” and usually pertains to paper items expected to be used temporarily like tickets, greeting cards, menus, pamphlets, bookmarks, and brochures. Though sometimes ephemera is far from transit; ephemeral items are often found in scrapbooks, keepsake boxes, the drawers we never clean out, or, in our case, books. This 1968 football ticket was discovered as a bookmark in a book from the stacks. Its new home is now in the University Archives where it’ll join a collection of Villanova ephemera related to the history of the campus. Preserving such items are significant because they give insight to past events and social attitudes of time.

…By the way, Villanova won the game 21-10!


Available for proofreading: The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches

The subject of our newest Distributed Proofreaders project, The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches, is the first in a ten-volume series of juvenile novels about nurses during the first World War. The series outlasted the war by a few years, but this initial volume was written while the conflict was still ongoing.

To help create a new free electronic edition of this century-old book on Project Gutenberg, you can read this earlier blog post to learn how the process works, then join in the work at the project page.


Content Roundup – Third Week – June 2019

A map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the improved parts of that Province, but also its extensive frontiers

Newly digitized this week are a host of new materials including the initial content from the latest Digital Library Partners: the MacSwiney Club and the Radnor Historical Society. Notable additions from these Partner’s include: a minute book from the Irish Club of Philadelphia from the 1880’s, and issues of the Weekly Wayne Gazette which covered the Wayne and Villanova environs in the 1870’s. Other noteworthy content this week include a 1775 map of Pennsylvania from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, more Dime Novel and story paper issues, and more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Cinderella
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565541]

Larry Murtagh’s desperate case; or, Tracing a remarkable abduction / by Bernard Wayde
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565794]

The House of fear; or, The Young duke’s strange quest / by “Old Sleuth”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565057]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565004]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566147]

Detail, p. [57], The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 8, Saturday, February 25, 1854

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563539]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563551]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565137]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565903]

Detail, p. 5,Saturday Night, v. XXIII, no. 14, Saturday, December 5, 1885

Saturday Night (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565200]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564122]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

A map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the improved parts of that Province, but also its extensive frontiers …, 1775:
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566641]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

Realia

3/4 view, Paper embosser, Irish American Club of Philadelphia, June 9, 1888

Paper embosser, Irish American Club of Philadelphia, June 9, 1888
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566647]

Minute Books

3 p., Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), March 4, 1888 – May 4, 1890

Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), March 4, 1888 – May 4, 1890
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566167]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (4 audio files added, completing Tapes 3 & 4)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]

Radnor Historical Society

Detail, p. [1], Weekly Wayne Gazette, v. 1, no. 15, September 2, 1871

Weekly Wayne Gazette (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:566692]

Villanova Digital Collection

2019 Undergraduate Honors Theses (5 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


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