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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

ostcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, February 12, 1916

ostcard, To: Frida Heilshorn From: Gerhard Hauschild, February 12, 1916[/capt

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]

[caption id="attachment_47544" align="alignnone" width="189"]Postcard, "Durch Kampf zum Sieg", [n.d.] Postcard, “Durch Kampf zum Sieg”, [n.d.]


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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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Content Roundup – Last Week – July 2016

Front cover, Diamond Dick's man-hunt; or, The terror of the Yellowstone

Front cover, Diamond Dick’s man-hunt; or, The terror of the Yellowstone

This week finds just a few newly digitized items. Check out a new dime novel or story paper issue, or read about the loss of a fallen Great War soldier Edward Canfield. As well for your listening pleasure – try some great Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group including sets by Ellis Island, Eugene O’Donnell, and Mick Moloney.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Diamond Dick’s man-hunt; or, The terror of the Yellowstone / by the author of “Diamond Dick.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461132]

Non-Fiction

Roger Merrit’s crime
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465534]

Circumstantial evidence
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465552]

Periodicals

[1] p., featuring the story "The Son of Satan" Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 10, Saturday, March 4, 1899

[1] p., featuring the story “The Son of Satan” Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 10, Saturday, March 4, 1899

Chicago Ledger (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465462]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466468]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466553]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466571]

Great War

[2] p., Letter, To: "Dear friend Canfield" From: Cassius A. Johnson, May 21, 1914

[2] p., Letter, To: “Dear friend Canfield” From: Cassius A. Johnson, May 21, 1914

Edward Canfield Papers (6 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:466725]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Ellis Island (5 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466765]

Eugene O’Donnell and Mick Moloney (4 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:466782]


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The Dog Days of Summer

The sunny, sultry days of July and August are often referred to as the “dog days” of summer. Ancient civilizations noticed what they thought was a correlation between the hottest days of summer and the heliacal (or, at sunrise) rising of the star Sirius in the constellation known as Canis Major (the “Big Dog”). Although Sirius does not actually have an effect on the temperature, its heliacal rising does coincide with some of the hottest days of summer in many parts of the northern hemisphere. “Canicular days” (from the Latin word for dog) made their first appearance in print in English in 1398. The Old Farmer’s Almanac puts the timing of the Dog Days as July 3 through August 11.

As we sweat our way through the dog days of summer, here is a selection of dog images from our collections!

From the Photo Album of Laird C. Robinson of Philadelphia, 1904:

Photo: Man with hunting rifle and dog Photo: The Whole Family and the Dog

(more…)


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eBook available: The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service

Dreadnought Boys on Aero ServiceOur most recent completed Distributed Proofreaders project is part of the Dreadnought Boys series of hardcover juvenile novels describing naval adventures in the years just prior to World War I. The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service is the fourth volume of the series, in which the dutiful boy heroes Ned and Herc volunteer to help the United States Navy experiment with applications for the early airplanes (or “aeroplanes”) of the time. In these books, honor and duty are always opposed by greed and selfishness, so there is another group of bullies and conspirators (including a familiar face from the first book) who must be overcome along the way.

The book makes an interesting study when compared with the nearly-contemporary Motor Stories adventures such as Motor Matt on the Wing, which featured similar themes of early flight and its potential military applications. The hardcover Dreadnought Boys stories take a somewhat more conservative approach to storytelling than the “nickel weekly” Motor Stories, and this Dreadnought Boys adventure even makes a passing derogatory mention of “dime novels,” but there are many obvious similarities.

The full novel may now be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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