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Content Roundup – Third Week – January 2016

Front cover, Presto Quick; or, The weird magician detective / by Old Sleuth.

Front cover, Presto Quick; or, The weird magician detective / by Old Sleuth.

Along with the snow, this week brings a blizzard of newly digitized newspaper issues and a few other tidbits to read while relaxing around the fireplace!

American Catholic Historical Society

Records: Volume 22 (21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441543]

Catholica


Newspapers

 I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 19, no. 321, November 15, 1891

I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 19, no. 321, November 15, 1891

I.C.B.U. Journal (92 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428063]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Old Sleuth Weekly (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440702]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440740]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440782]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440828]


Periodicals

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 3, January 15, 1916

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 3, January 15, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440569]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Enemies

Motor Matt's EnemiesAnother issue of Motor Stories has been released to Project Gutenberg through our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders. In issue 22, Motor Matt’s Enemies; or, A Struggle for the Right, Motor Matt travels to Wisconsin to help a friend but discovers that some recently-acquired foes are on his trail. As is often the case in this series, the book’s main liability to the modern reader is the inclusion of broad racial stereotypes, which are especially evident in this volume due to a prominent African American character.

The volume also includes a filler story, “The Guardian of the Pass,” in which a youth traveling in Alaska encounters a prehistoric creature in a forgotten wilderness, which may be of particular interest to readers seeking traces of science fiction in the series.

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


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Content Roundup – Second Week – January 2016

Front cover, The secret of the kidnapped heir : a strange detective narrative / by Old Sleuth

Front cover, The secret of the kidnapped heir : a strange detective narrative / by Old Sleuth

As January brings a chill, sit by the fireside and read a newly digitized work! This week brings a host of new titles including:

American Catholic Historical Society

Records of the ACHS (11 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441543]

Catholica

Newspapers

[1]p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 13, no. 163, April 1, 1885

[1]p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 13, no. 163, April 1, 1885

I.C.B.U. Journal (33 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428063]


Contributions from Augustinian Theologians and Scholars

Saint Augustine : monk, priest, bishop / by Luc Verheijen, O.S.A. (campus access only)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431316]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Front cover, The hotel tragedy; or, Manfred's great detective adventures : a strange and wierd detective narrative / by "Old Sleuth."

Front cover, The hotel tragedy; or, Manfred’s great detective adventures : a strange and wierd detective narrative / by “Old Sleuth.”

Old Sleuth Weekly (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439284]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439322]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439794]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440379]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440417]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440455]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440493]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440531]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440598]


Periodicals

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 2, January 8, 1916

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 2, January 8, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439832]

New York Weekly (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441314]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441324]

New York Saturday Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441334]

Great War

Frederick William Walter Papers (1 item added, set completed)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405665]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

The Shan Van Vocht (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:291027]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Doodle, June 7, 2013, "Louise Erdrich" birthday

Doodle, June 7, 2013, “Louise Erdrich” birthday

Daily Doodles (2013: 29 doodles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441442]


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eBook available: How to Be a Detective

how-to-be-detectiveOur latest eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is another of Frank Tousey‘s Ten Cent Hand Books, though a rather unusual one.

Attributed to fictional detective Old King Brady, hero of the Secret Service series, How to Be a Detective consists primarily of a series of short stories designed to illustrate different aspects of detective work, with the overall moral being that you can’t learn detective work from a book, and that most people simply aren’t cut out for it. While the book does not really deliver on the promise of its title, it does serve as an interesting example of the intersection between fiction and non-fiction in the dime novel era.

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


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Content Roundup – end of 2015 and first week of 2016

[1] p., Catholic Almanac for 1846

[1] p., Catholic Almanac for 1846

As the old year ends and the new year begins, take time to reflect upon some of the treasures of the past including a host of newly digitized historic popular literature titles including the fictional work “The Man” by Elbert Hubbard, published under the pen name Aspasia Hobbs, which tells the “true” story of the then 300-year-old Shakespeare living in a log cabin in the woods outside of Buffalo.

Catholica

The Official Catholic directory  (1846 volume added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:424829]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, The senator's bride / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

Front cover, The senator’s bride / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

The senator’s bride / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440123]

Front cover (selection), The man : a story of to-day : with facts, fancies and faults peculiarly its own

Front cover (selection), The man : a story of to-day : with facts, fancies and faults peculiarly its own

The man: a story of to-day: with facts, fancies and faults peculiarly its own: containing certain truths heretofore unpublished concerning right relation of the sexes, etc., etc. / by Aspasia Hobbs
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439628]

Front cover, A dangerous flirtation; or, Did Ida May sin? / by Miss Laura Jean Libbey

Front cover, A dangerous flirtation; or, Did Ida May sin? / by Miss Laura Jean Libbey

A dangerous flirtation; or, Did Ida May sin? / by Miss Laura Jean Libbey
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439857]

Front cover, The Brighton boys at St. Mihiel / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll

Front cover, The Brighton boys at St. Mihiel / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll

The Brighton boys at St. Mihiel / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:440942]

Front cover, Old Sleuth's triumph; or, The great Bronx mystery / by "Old Sleuth"

Front cover, Old Sleuth’s triumph; or, The great Bronx mystery / by “Old Sleuth”

Old Sleuth Library (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438824]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438862]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438900]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439246]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:439558]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:437298]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438748]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438786]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:437260]

Non-Fiction

Front cover, How to tell fortunes : containing Napoleon's Oraculum

Front cover, How to tell fortunes : containing Napoleon’s Oraculum

How to tell fortunes : containing Napoleon’s Oraculum and the key to work it : also tells fortunes by cards, lucky and unlucky days, signs and omens
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441363]

Periodicals

[1] p., Happy days, v. XXX, no. 780, September 25, 1909

[1] p., Happy days, v. XXX, no. 780, September 25, 1909

Happy Days (16 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434548]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434566]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434584]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434602]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434620]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435605]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435623]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435641]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435659]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435677]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435695]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435713]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434638]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435731]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435749]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434530]

The Young Men of America (1 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441344]

German Society of Pennsylvania

[1] p., Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 52, December 23, 1916

[1] p., Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 52, December 23, 1916

Deutsch-Americka (40 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:428065]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (52 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles

Daily Doodle, "Stephen Hawking 71st birthday", January 8, 2013

Daily Doodle, “Stephen Hawking 71st birthday”, January 8, 2013

2013 (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441442]

2015 (7 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:415994]

Van Houten's Cocoa Ad, Inside Front cover, "The Man".

Van Houten’s Cocoa Ad, Inside Front cover, “The Man”.


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Available for proofreading: My Pretty Maid

My Pretty MaidOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another novel by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller: My Pretty Maid; or, Liane Lester. Like most of Mrs. Miller’s work, this first appeared in a story paper (in this case, the New York Family Story Paper) and was later reprinted in paper-covered format.

You can help turn this forgotten melodrama into a new electronic edition. Just read this earlier post for information on how the process works, then join in at the project page.


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Available for proofreading: How to Become an Actor

How to Become an ActorOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another vintage “how to” manual from publisher Frank Tousey. How to Become an Actor, as the title suggests, deals with theatrical matters, and like many books in this series, it is quite ambitious for its brief length, covering not just acting but also makeup, set design and other technical matters. As if that were not enough, it also includes several short plays.

The modern reader is unlikely to learn many useful skills from this text, but it does provide considerable insight into the popular entertainments of its time. To help make the book even more accessible through the creation of a new electronic edition, you can read this previous blog post to learn about the proofreading process, then join in the work at the project page.


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eBook available: In the Wonderful Land of Hez

In the Wonderful Land of HezOur latest eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is In the Wonderful Land of Hez, another Brave & Bold adventure written by the same author as our earlier release, In the Depths of the Dark Continent.

Like that earlier adventure, Hez tells of intrepid explorers discovering a little-known civilization and battling monsters in an unfamiliar place. Of course, the details differ a bit: the unknown civilization here is ruled by women and centered around the Fountain of Youth, the monsters are huge, bloodthirsty turtle-spider hybrids instead of giant crabs, and the unfamiliar place is Florida rather than Africa. There’s also a bit more (extremely unromantic) romance on display here, and the whole thing ends in a surprisingly abrupt fashion.

Like many adventures published in Brave and Bold, this story first appeared in the Golden Hours story paper in a longer serialized form under the title Under the Everglades; or, Two Years in a Land of Mystery. The abridged nature of this version of the story is made apparent by occasional abrupt leaps in the narrative, but the truncated text is sufficient to convey the overall flavor of the narrative, which is definitely a product of a different time.

The story may be read online or downloaded in eBook format through Project Gutenberg.


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eBook available: How to Make and Set Traps

How to Make and Set TrapsThe latest eBook release produced by our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders is How to Make and Set Traps, another title from Frank Tousey‘s series of Ten Cent Hand Books.

Like many of the books in this series, How to Make and Set Traps appears to have been cobbled together from multiple (likely British) sources. Some of the parts seem out of order and some details are obviously missing. What is left makes for an interesting read, mixing dense and convoluted details of trap-building with anecdotes about animal behavior, reflections on the definition of “vermin,” and a strong sense of the Victorian era.

Quotes like this give a clear sense that attitudes of the time were a little different than today’s:

Still there is nothing difficult about mole catching, and the most stupid boy could render himself successful if he observes a little and follows the directions I am about to give.

The book’s later discussion of weasels makes them seem rather more like zombies than one might expect:

Emphatically I declare it—a weasel never relinquishes its quarry till the life’s blood has been sucked and the brain extracted and eaten.

For many more nuggets of wisdom along these lines, you can find the whole book available for download or online reading through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – First Week – December 2015

Front cover, Irish bulls / selected by that TIght Lad Teddy O'Flannigan

Front cover, Irish bulls / selected by that TIght Lad Teddy O’Flannigan

This week a number of newly digitized titles from the Joseph McGarrity Collection are available for your reading and research pleasure. Joining these are a number of other materials including over 40 more items of Great War ephemera from the German Society of Pennsylvania, new Dime Novels, and new Irish music!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Brighton boys at Chateau-Thierry / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:437997]

The Irish detective’s greatest case; or, The strategy of O’Neil McDarragh / by “Old Sleuth.”
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:437222]


Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435587]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

[1] p.

[1] p.

Katholischer Katechismus / verfasst von Johann Nep. Neumann
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438256

Pictorial broadside, "Der Weg des Geldes," [1917?]

Pictorial broadside, “Der Weg des Geldes,” [1917?]

Emil Doernenburg collection of First World War ephemera (41 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428329]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

[1] p.

[1] p.

Marion of Drymnagh : a tale of Erin in two cantos / by Matthew Weld Hartstonge
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436657

[7] p.

[7] p.

Phil Purcel and other tales of Ireland / by William Carleton
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436803

[3] p.

[3] p.

The diary of an Irish cabinet minister
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Record/vudl:436605

Gurthalougha Amateur Theatricals, December 12, 1892

Gurthalougha Amateur Theatricals, December 12, 1892

Programs, Gurthalougha Amateur Theater
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436795

Supplement to the Shan Van Vocht, “Songs for the Centenary : Wolf Tone”
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434662

Selection, Front cover

Selection, Front cover

A Dublin ballad : and other poems / by Dermot O’Byrne
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436571

Selection, Rear cover

Selection, Rear cover

Irish bulls / selected by that TIght Lad Teddy O’Flannigan
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436481

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Realia, Mounted Satin Pillow with Printed Seating Arrangement Titled, "Tenth Anniversary Catholic Club; Banquet to His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons," February 8, 1887

Realia, Mounted Satin Pillow with Printed Seating Arrangement Titled, “Tenth Anniversary Catholic Club; Banquet to His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons,” February 8, 1887

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (10 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Festivals

Tim Britton and Carol Ann Hunner (7 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436336]

The Taproom Band (11 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:438616]

Broadside, Scrap Metal Drive, Emil Doernenburg collection of First World War ephemera

Broadside, Scrap Metal Drive, Emil Doernenburg collection of First World War ephemera


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