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Digital Library Content Roundup – Second Week – September 2016

Postcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, October 7, 1915

Postcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, October 7, 1915

This week finds us with a large set of new musical numbers from the Philadelphia Ceili Group and some additional postcards from the Great War collection of Gerhard Hauschild.

Great War

Gerhard Hauschild Postcards (6 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:466904]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Buttons and Bows”, November 10, 1989 (21 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466961]


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Content Roundup – First Week – September 2016

Postcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, July 21, 1915

Postcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, July 21, 1915

Just a few new items to call to your attention this week. Study along with two newly available Irish musical performances from the Philadelphia Ceili Group including a 1998 offering from the hit group “Cherish the Ladies”!

Great War

Gerhard Hauschild Postcards (3 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:466904]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Cherish The Ladies (12 sets)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466908]

Ensemble (1 set added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466951]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2016:1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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Available for proofreading: Don’t Marry

Earlier this summer, Don’t Marry, a 19th century marriage advice book from our collection, gained a significant amount of attention when it was featured in a Slate.com article. Now we hope to make the title even more accessible by creating a Project Gutenberg eBook edition in collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders.

Front cover, selection, "Don't marry"

Front cover, selection, “Don’t marry”

If you would like to help produce the electronic version of this long-forgotten but fascinating book, you can first read about the process in this earlier blog post, then join in the work at the project page.


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Make Up

Motor Matt's Make UpOur latest eBook release from Distributed Proofreaders is another Motor Stories adventure, Motor Matt’s Make Up; or, Playing a New Role. This tale concludes the story arc of Motor Matt’s aerial adventures in the circus while still leaving some loose ends for future stories to tie up. It also includes the usual eclectic mix of filler material, featuring a tale of a miner’s “Brave Deed” (also found in an 1894 Ballinrobe Chronicle from Ireland), the actions of “A Locomotive Hero” (also found in an 1895 Bloomington Courier from Indiana) and an account of what happens when “Geese Drown a Squirrel” (apparently borrowed without attribution from the pages of the June 4, 1909 New York Times).

As always, the entire book may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Weeks 3 and 4 – August 2016

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Making up this two week Content Roundup are a few newly digitized materials, including two extensive Irish musical performances along with a number of World War I German postcards sent from the front lines.

Great War

Gerhard Hauschild Postcards (14 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:466904]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

The Green Fields of America (7 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466855]

Tim Britton, Carol Ann Hunner and Gerald Trimble (6 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466880]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (:2016 3 images added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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eBook available: The Fight Against Lynching

The Fight Against LynchingRecently, the Distributed Proofreaders converted another item from our Digital Library into a Project Gutenberg eBook: The Fight Against Lynching. This NAACP pamphlet, published in April, 1919, reproduces the portion of the organization’s ninth annual report related to lynching, providing statistics about lynching incidents across the U.S. and discussing progress and challenges in combating the crime. Also included is a list of other pamphlets on the subject.

The entire text may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – August 2016

The heat is on, as August continues to broil. Take a moment to cool down with a few newly digitized items, including: “Adventures of the Mountains”!

Dime novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Faithful unto death
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466607]

Adventures of the mountains
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466625]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection, from p. 738,  The Gaelic journal, v. XIV, February, 1905

Selection, from p. 738, The Gaelic journal, v. XIV, February, 1905

The Gaelic journal (14 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:454352]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2016: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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eBook available: How to Tell Fortunes

How to Tell FortunesOur latest completed project at Distributed Proofreaders is How to Tell Fortunes, one of publisher Frank Tousey‘s many Ten Cent Hand Books. Like other volumes in this series, the book appears to have been cobbled together from multiple sources, consisting of a lengthy discussion of fortune-telling by dealing out and interpreting playing cards, a catalog of omens and their meanings, meteorological information, lists of lucky and unlucky dates, and a copy of Napoleon’s Oraculum, a sort of paper-based Magic 8-Ball.

The patchwork nature of the book is underscored by the fact that some sections appear to take the idea of fortune-telling seriously while others present the information as amusing but obsolete superstition. Even though the book does not feel like a unified whole, it does offer an interesting turn-of-the-20th-century sampling of perspectives on foretelling the future.

The entire book can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – First Week – August 2016

Front cover, Handsome Harry on the wolf's trail; or, The train robbers' ambush

Front cover, Handsome Harry on the wolf’s trail; or, The train robbers’ ambush

Just a few new items this week as the summer heat and building construction continue. Still take a moment to listen to some of the classic Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group as you enjoy your summertime.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Handsome Harry on the wolf’s trail; or, The train robbers’ ambush / by the author of “Diamond Dick”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461170]

Non-Fiction

The mysterious man
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465570]

Turley’s defence
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466589]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 13, March 31, 1917

Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 13, March 31, 1917

Chicago Ledger (1 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464784]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Gaelic journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:454352]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

The Egan Family (4 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466796]

Jack Coen and Paddy Reynolds (5 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466810]

Tommy Sands (3 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466826]

Brendan Mulvihill and Donna Long (3 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466839]

Selection, p. 19 "The Mono Ex-Ray", Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 13, March 31, 1917

Selection, p. 19 “The Mono Ex-Ray”, Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 13, March 31, 1917


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Summer Research: Irish Nurses of 1916

Yesterday, we had a visit from an international researcher who was excited to go through our Joseph McGarrity Collection. He was looking for materials related to Irish nurses who participated in the Easter Rising of 1916.

One of the items in the collection is In Times of Peril, which contains excerpts from the diary of nurse Linda Kearns.

Cover of In Times of Peril, featuring a photo of Linda Kearns

Our copy is especially noteworthy as it belonged to Éamon de Valera (to whom the book was dedicated) and bears his signature on the title page. De Valera served as the first president of the Irish Republic (1921-1922) and the third president of the modern Republic of Ireland (1959-1973).

Signature of Eamon de Valera on title page of In Times of Peril.

An excerpt from Kearns’ diary is one of the readings featured in the fifth episode of our Mail Call podcast.

Our researcher had a very productive visit. It is always thrilling to see researchers examining primary sources and bringing new connections to light. You can view a list of published resources that have used materials from our collections in our Zotero library.


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