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Content Roundup – First Week – February 2017

This week we bring to your attention more issues of the National Defender newspaper from 1858, rare Dime Novel and Story Paper issues, and even more signed presidential certificates. A real treasure in the new offerings is the cosmetic creation and beauty guide “How to Become Beautiful”, part of the Ten Cent Handbook series.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Diamond Dick, Jr.’s Fellow Passenger; or, A mail robber tackles the wrong man / by W.B. Lawson
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:471372]

Non-Fiction

How to become beautiful; or, secrets of the toilet and of health
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468989]

Periodicals

Beadle’s Monthly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469643]

Selection, cover illustration, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 10, Saturday, March 10, 1900

Selection, cover illustration, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 10, Saturday, March 10, 1900

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469954]

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 12, May 29, 1858

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 12, May 29, 1858

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468930]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. III, no. 9, Tuesday, October 12, 1858, Whole Number: 113

National Defender, v. III, no. 9, Tuesday, October 12, 1858, Whole Number: 113

National Defender (48 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Olive Branch (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449227]

Manuscript Collection

Uncollected manuscripts

Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Lieutenant Colonel, Signed: Andrew Johnson, President of the United States and Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, September 19, 1866
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:471414]

Certificate, New York State Appointment as Counselor to the Chancery, To: Isaac McConihe, January 27, 1823
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:471410]

Villanova Digital Collection

January 25, 2017, "Gloria Naylor"

January 25, 2017, “Gloria Naylor”

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – January 2017

Soldiers' Memorial, Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Ohio Volunteers, [n.d.].

Soldiers’ Memorial, Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Ohio Volunteers, [n.d.].

This warm January week finds more digitized documents from the American War of Rebellion – as well as more dime novels – story paper issues, more issues of the National Defender in the Historical Society of Montgomery County collection and more Irish folk music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

Americana

War of Rebellion

proclam

Broadside, “Proclamation! Headquarters Fourth Division, Murfreesboro,” Signed: Brigadier General William Nelson, July 18, 1862
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469330]

Discharge certificate for Sergeant William F. Bahning signed by Charles B. Russell, June 23, 1864
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469338]

Military Pass, To: Sergt. William F. Bahning, Company D, Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, April 26, 1863
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469342]

Soldiers’ Memorial, Company D, 6th Regiment Infantry, Ohio Volunteers, [n.d.]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469346]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Book of witty anecdotes
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469990]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469151]

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 11, May 22, 1858

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 11, May 22, 1858

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468920]

Beadle's monthly, February, 1866

Beadle’s monthly, February, 1866

Beadle’s Monthly (index + 1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469533]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469545]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. III, no. 9, Tuesday, October 12, 1858, Whole Number: 113

National Defender, v. III, no. 9, Tuesday, October 12, 1858, Whole Number: 113

National Defender (1858: 10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:465299]

Manuscript Collection

Uncollected manuscripts

Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Captain, 14th Regiment Signed: Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Alphonso Taft, Secretary of War, April 6, 1876
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469462]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Spring Concert, April 18, 1982 (3 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:470692]


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Content Roundup – Third week – January 2017

Selection, "President of the United States of America" from Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Captain, 14th Regiment Signed: Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Alphonso Taft, Secretary of War, April 6, 1876

Selection, “President of the United States of America” from Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Captain, 14th Regiment Signed: Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Alphonso Taft, Secretary of War, April 6, 1876

Selection, from: Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Captain, 14th Regiment Signed: Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Alphonso Taft, Secretary of War, April 6, 1876

Selection, from: Printed. Military Commission Certificate, To: Samuel McConihe, Captain, 14th Regiment Signed: Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States and Alphonso Taft, Secretary of War, April 6, 1876

Selection, from: Certificate, Presidential Appointment as Deputy Postmaster, To: Isaac McConihe, Troy, New York From: President Andrew Jackson, July 2, 1836

Selection, from: Certificate, Presidential Appointment as Deputy Postmaster, To: Isaac McConihe, Troy, New York From: President Andrew Jackson, July 2, 1836

Newly digitized – and with the Presidential Inauguration of the 45th President this week, take a timely look at the Presidential signature of Andrew Jackson, another populist president, on the Certificate of appointment of Isaac McConihe as the new Deputy Postmaster of Troy New York. Still another Presidential signature – U.S. Grant – graces a military commission! Other materials include a postcard featuring the image of the most famous bird in 19th century America, “Old Abe” – Old Abe, was the eagle mascot for the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War; the mascot was carried into battle with the regiment; on the rear side is a drawing of Old Abe perched on a shield with the American stars and stripes painted on it. The card certifies that the Old Abe Centennial Portrait printed by J.O. Barrett is really Old Abe. “Sold with the Eagle’s History, by J.O. Barrett . . . for the ‘Old Abe Museum of Ornithology.'” Signature believed to be that of the sitting governor for Wisconsin, Harrison Ludington. And don’t leave now, but check on some very rare Dime Novels and Story Paper issues! Finally 2 long audio lectures from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, one featuring the contributions of Douglas Hyde to the Irish Literary Renaissance and the other on the Irish songs and singers of Newfoundland. Strap in, as we speed up with even more new content next week!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Frontispiece, [6] p., "Star Eyes"

Frontispiece, [6] p., “Star Eyes”

Star Eyes; or, The Susquehanna Rangers : a tale of the French-Indian War / by W. J. Hamilton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469361]

Non-Fiction

Guide to crochet and fancy work
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468832]

Periodicals

Front cover selection, The Rocket Express : story of a memorable night on the rail / by Maro O. Rolfe - Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 8, Saturday, February 24, 1900

Front cover selection, The Rocket Express : story of a memorable night on the rail / by Maro O. Rolfe – Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 8, Saturday, February 24, 1900

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469133]

Selection [1] p., Rosalind Hubert; or, The Hillside Tragedy. A Story of Sunshine and Shadow in Town and Country / by Sylvanus Cobb, Jr. - The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 9, May 8, 1858

Selection [1] p., Rosalind Hubert; or, The Hillside Tragedy. A Story of Sunshine and Shadow in Town and Country / by Sylvanus Cobb, Jr. – The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 9, May 8, 1858

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468900]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468910]

Manuscript Collection

Uncollected manuscripts

Certificate, Presidential Appointment as Deputy Postmaster, To: Isaac McConihe, Troy, New York From: President Andrew Jackson, July 2, 1836.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469334]

Pennsylvaniana

Postcard, “The Centennial Photograph of ‘Old Abe,’ the Live Wisconsin War Eagle,” February 8, 1876.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469350]

Issued Capital Stock Certificate, Centennial International Exhibition, To: Michael Meagher for 3 shares From: Centennial Board of Finance, March 13, 1876.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469354]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Importance of Douglas Hyde to the Irish Literary Renaissance”, March 12, 1982 [https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469461]

“Irish Songs and Singers of Newfoundland”, 1982
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469469]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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Oíche Cois Tine – Two Nights Beside The Fire: A Window Into The Rich Literary World of Dr. Douglas Hyde, and A Musical Voyage to Irish Newfoundland

PORTAL_CEILIDuring the 1980s the Philadelphia Ceili Group hosted a cultural evenings series under the title “Oíche Cois Tine”, Gaelic for “Night Beside the Fire”. These events celebrated a wide range of Irish culture: music and dance performances by prominent Irish and Irish-American artists, demonstrations of uniquely Irish musical instruments such as the uilleann pipes, and lectures on topics such as Irish literature, history, travel, and the Irish-American experience. This week we added two new recordings of academic lectures from this series to the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection of Villanova University’s Digital Library. These items, freely available for streaming and download, highlight the amazing breadth of materials on Irish history and culture present in the Ceili Group collection and augment in sound the huge array of Irish textual and visual materials in other areas of the Digital Library.

“Irish Songs and Singers of Newfoundland”, 1982.

This lecture from the Spring of 1982 features the renowned folklorist and scholar Dr. Kenneth Goldstein, presenting on his adventures visiting with musicians and archiving Irish folk music in Newfoundland, Canada. Kenny Goldstein was a hugely influential figure in Irish folk music, having collected and published thousands of folksongs across several continents. He was also instrumental to the success of the Philadelphia Ceili Group’s activities in past decades, as attested to in this tribute to him from the 1996 Festival Program.

If you want to hear some incredible stories and some unique takes on some well-known Irish tunes, have a listen to Dr. Goldstein’s fascinating exploration of the music of a lesser-known corner of the Irish diaspora.

“The Importance of Douglas Hyde to the Irish Literary Renaissance”, March 12, 1982.

This lecture from 1982 features an extended discussion by the late Dr. Lester I. Conner, a Professor of English at Chestnut Hill
College from 1962-1990, on the unique contributions of Douglas Hyde to the Gaelic revival of the late-nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. His contributions, according to Dr. Conner, to the reestablishment of the Irish language as a living tongue,
the formation of a de-anglicized Irish identity, Irish nationalism, and especially the Irish literary renaissance, cannot be overestimated. Dr. Conner illuminates the literary world of Douglas Hyde with spark and enthusiasm, and brings to life the voices of famous contemporaries such as Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats in an engaging presentation packed with quotes and anecdotes.

This new addition to the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection is also a perfect entry point to the study of Dr. Hyde’s influence in the scores of primary documents available throughout the Digital Library. If you’re interested in exploring further, try this list of documents concerning Douglas Hyde.

 

Stay tuned for more links to recordings from the Oíche Cois Tine series!


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Content Roundup – Second Week – January 2017

Muster roll, F company, 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, 1862

Muster roll, F company, 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, 1862

This week brings warmer weather and a host of newly digitized materials. Check out some early Villanova College photographs as the 175th Anniversary commences. More story paper fiction! A muster roll from the American Civil War!! And another collection of Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group!!!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

A Detective’s Secrets
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468814]

Periodicals

[1], Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 46, Saturday, November 11, 1899

[1], Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 46, Saturday, November 11, 1899

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468760]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468778]

[1], The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 7, April 24, 1858

[1], The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 7, April 24, 1858

New York Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468870]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468880]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468890]

Great War

Panorama, Villanova College Army Unit World War I, [1918]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468983]

Manuscripts

Muster roll, F company, 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA, 1862
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469265]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Joe and Antoinette McKenna”, 1982 (19 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469260]

Villanova Digital Collection

Villanova College (Monastery, Academy, Barns), (Views from Lancaster Avenue), 1856

Villanova College (Monastery, Academy, Barns), (Views from Lancaster Avenue), 1856

Photographs (24 photographs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:189101]

Doodle, January 11, 2017

Doodle, January 11, 2017

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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Digital exhibit: “You can learn a lot from ADVERTISING” : the American Paper Experience

Posted for: Susan A. Ottignon

The Digital Library@Villanova University’s newest online exhibit, “You can learn a lot from ADVERTISING”: the American Paper Experience” illustrates advertised products published, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, that the average American read in print newspapers and magazines.

The exhibit’s title comes from a direct quote about advertising published in The Chicago Ledger, March 29, 1919, that encouraged by “reading advertisements” the decision would be informed and make the product “valuable to you as you go through life.” The advertisements for the exhibit were selected to illustrate an assortment of merchandise available to the readers between the years 1858 to 1921.

The selected newspapers are from the Digital Library’s digitized collections. Among the newspapers used are: Ardmore Chronicle, (Ardmore, PA), The Chicago Ledger, (Chicago, IL), The Catholic Standard and Times, (Philadelphia, PA) and others.

This exhibit was curated by Sue Ottignon with assistance from Laura Bang and Michael Foight and graphics by Joanne Quinn.


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Content Roundup – First Week – January 2017

Selection p. 8, The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 3, March 27, 1858

Selection p. 8, The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 3, March 27, 1858

With the wolf of winter at the door, here are a few Dime Novel tidbits to start off your new year:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Book of 1000 facts in history
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468796]

Paratextual Materials

Enclosure, Davis & Elverson Publishing Company stationery
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468973]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 25, Saturday, June 17, 1899

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVII, no. 25, Saturday, June 17, 1899

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468246]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468742]

Front cover, The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 5, April 10, 1858

Front cover, The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 5, April 10, 1858

New York Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468850]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468960]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468860]


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eBook available: The Prince of the House of David

prince99-241x300Our latest eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders and published through Project Gutenberg, is the New Sabbath Library edition of The Prince of the House of David by Rev. J. H. Ingraham. This novel tells of the events leading up to and immediately following Jesus’ crucifixion, as described by the letters of a young woman named Adina. Its author, who first became well-known by writing sensational adventure serials, is now probably best remembered for the fact that another of his epistolary novels, The Pillar of Fire, helped inspire the iconic film, The Ten Commandments.

It is important to note that this edition of the novel is not the author’s original version; instead, it has been (as the editors put it) “thoroughly revised and in parts rewritten, all unnecessary repetition appearing in the original edition of the book being omitted.” This opens up some potentially interesting avenues for study. The very successful original version of the novel likely reflected and informed popular views of Christianity in the mid nineteenth century. The changes made in this later “cheap” edition (designed for use in Sunday schools, and taking advantage of some of the publishing practices of contemporary dime novels) may also reveal some interesting things about the culture of the time.

If you want to investigate further, the entire New Sabbath Library edition of the book may be downloaded or read online through Project Gutenberg. The original version can be found in the Making of America collection if you are interested in comparing the differences.


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Available for proofreading: An Old Man’s Darling

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man's Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man’s Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

If you’re looking for something fun yet productive to work on over the holiday break, why not volunteer to help create a new eBook edition of a long-forgotten novel? We produce quite a few of these in collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders, as described in this earlier post. Our latest title to become available is An Old Man’s Darling, an early novel by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, author of the local favorite, The Bride of the Tomb. It was first serialized in The New York Family Story Paper (starting in issue #407) before being reprinted in book form. If you want to join in and help out, just pay a visit to the project page and get started!


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Content Roundup – Second and Third Weeks – December 2016

Polus Antarcticus / Ioannes Ianssonius excudit

Polus Antarcticus / Ioannes Ianssonius excudit

This double week set of new materials brings online the first digitized materials from the fantastic collection of maps and plates newly donated to Special Collections: The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. As well, a collection of rare plates and images of Shakespeare mounts the digital stage. A few newly digitized popular cultural story paper issues and dime novels make up the audience! Waiting stage right, are two new titles from the Villanova Digital Collection. As our own “Winter’s Tale” continues, let us enjoy all of these new treasures fireside with a steaming cup of chocolate.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Thirteen
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468264]

Revelations of a model
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468282]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468210]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468192]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468228]

Great War

[1] p., Bulletin (San Francisco), v. 123, no. 136, Thursday March 15, 1917 (Extra issue - ( 9 PM "Czar Abdicates")

[1] p., Bulletin (San Francisco), v. 123, no. 136, Thursday March 15, 1917 (Extra issue – ( 9 PM “Czar Abdicates”)

Newspaper Issues (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468669]

Da Zdravstvueti Rossija, Svobodnija Strana
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468696]

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

Poli Arctici Et Circumiacentium Terrarum Descriptio Novissima / Sumptibus Henrici Hondÿ

Poli Arctici Et Circumiacentium Terrarum Descriptio Novissima / Sumptibus Henrici Hondÿ

5 maps added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:468300]

Villanova Digital Collection

Selection from p. 12,  (Varsity 1920-21 team)

Selection from p. 12, (Varsity 1920-21 team)

Villanova University basketball; a statistical history
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468448]

p. 51, Prep O'Lantern, 1921

p. 51, Prep O’Lantern, 1921

The Prep O’Lantern, 1921
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:468338]

World Collection

Shakespeare

Lord Vaux (author of the Grave Diggers' Song in Hamlet)

Lord Vaux (author of the Grave Diggers’ Song in Hamlet)

Shakespeare rare prints
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:467843]


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