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Available for proofreading: How to Tell Fortunes

How to Tell FortunesHow to Tell Fortunes has just been released to Distributed Proofreaders so that volunteers can help produce a new electronic edition. The book is another of Frank Tousey‘s inexpensive instructional manuals from the late 19th/early 20th century, published as the Ten Cent Hand Books series. As the title suggests, this one includes tables and suggestions that it claims will help predict the future.

Whether or not the authors of the book ever predicted that it would one day be freely available on the Internet, you can help make that future a reality by reading about how the process works and then joining in at the project page.


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eBook available: How to Become an Actor

actorOur latest Project Gutenberg eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is another how-to manual from Frank Tousey‘s series of Ten Cent Hand Books. Designed to help with the production of amateur “drawing-room theatricals,” How to Become an Actor touches on such important subjects as set and costume design, make-up, conveying emotions and (crucial at the time) fire safety. It also includes a selection of short sample plays, all of which rely on broad ethnic stereotypes, and most of which end in a general melee between the actors. It is difficult for the modern reader to imagine how anyone would want to put on such productions for their friends and family in the comfort of their own home (or anywhere else), but the book serves as an interesting cultural artifact, revealing just how much some things have changed since the late 19th century.

The entire text of the volume may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg. The original page images of the book can be found in our Digital Library.


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Content Roundup – First Week – April 2016

Selection, p. 330, The Gaelic journal, v. XIII, May, 1903

Selection, p. 330, The Gaelic journal, v. XIII, May, 1903

A few new items this week to read, see especially the Gaelic Journal – filled with stories in Irish, musical scores, and early photographs.

American Catholic Historical Society Collections

Records Volume 23 (1 article added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:454351]

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

Catholic Standard & Times (1921: 1 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:445028]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Eclipse song book
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449203]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 30, July 22, 1916

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 30, July 22, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449110]

Selection p. [321] - "The Topsy Turvy Man", The Wellspring for young people, v. LXXI, no. 41, October 10, 1914

Selection p. [321] – “The Topsy Turvy Man”, The Wellspring for young people, v. LXXI, no. 41, October 10, 1914

Wellspring for Young People (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449398]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449408]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449418]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449428]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449438]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449448]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449458]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449468]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic Journal (collection created, 8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:454352]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles (2016: 2 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – March 2016

See the following newly digitized items available this week, including the latest Mail Call podcast featuring news and stories from 1915.

American Catholic Historical Society Collection

American Catholic Historical Society Records Volume 16 (20 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452609]

American Catholic Historical Society Records Volume 23 (2 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:454351]

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

Catholic Standard & Times (1921: 14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:445028]

Great War

Mail Call Podcast

August to December 1915
[https://wwionline.org/projects/mail-call]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353234]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

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


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Online exhibit: “To Strike for Freedom! 1916 Easter Rising”

Posted for: Leigh Clark, 2016 Digital Library Intern.

As Easter approaches, so too does the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising, which began on April 24th, 1916. Falvey’s Special Collections commemorates the 1916 Easter Rising with a physical exhibit located on the library’s 1st floor, as well as an online exhibit: To Strike for Freedom! 1916 Easter Rising. The exhibits include items from the Joseph McGarrity Collection. Joseph McGarrity was an Irish-American from Philadelphia, who immigrated to the United States in 1892 when he was 18. McGarrity was an active supporter of Irish independence and a leading member of the Clan-na-Gael, an Irish republican organization. McGarrity’s belief in Irish nationalism is strongly reflected in the items of the collection, which he donated to Villanova University. Falvey’s 1916 Easter Rising exhibit not only looks at the causes, details, and consequences of the Rising, but also reveals the important role Irish-American organizations played in supporting the Rising and Ireland’s fight for independence.

As I organized the online exhibit, I gained a deeper understanding of the important impact the Rising had on Ireland’s fight for independence. Also, I was surprised to discover the active part Irish women played in the Rising. Women’s important roles as nurses, soldiers, and couriers are explored in the online exhibits section: “Undying glory of Womanhood”. Of particular interest is In Times of Peril: Leaves from the Diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 by Linda Kearns, which has been recently digitized and can be found in Villanova’s Digital Library along with many other resources detailing the events surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising.

I would like to thank Anna Fitzpatrick for providing research and text for the online exhibit. I would also like thank Craig Bailey, Ph.D., Laura Bang, and Michael Foight for additional curation and editing, as well as Joanne Quinn for designing the graphics.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – March 2016

Front cover, Counterfeit money

Front cover, Counterfeit money

This week finds a number of new materials including more issues from Olive Branch, the Catholic Standard & Times, and of course more popular content including a rare work on counterfeit money!

American Catholic Historical Society Collection

American Catholic Historical Society Records Volume 16 (18 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452609]

American Catholic Historical Society Records Volume 17 [5 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:448858]

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

"The Bat", p. 8, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 27, no. 8, Saturday, December 31, 1921

“The Bat”, p. 8, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 27, no. 8, Saturday, December 31, 1921

Catholic Standard & Times (1921: 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:445028]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Seth Bond, detective; or, The mystery of an old mansion / by “Old Sleuth.”
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450733]

Non-Fiction

Counterfeit money
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449185]

Periodicals

Comic illustration, p. 11, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 29, July 15, 1916

Comic illustration, p. 11, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 29, July 15, 1916

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:448967]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449089]

Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection

"Accommodation Line", [4] p., Olive Branch, v. X, no. 484 [sic 483], October 14, 1851

“Accommodation Line”, [4] p., Olive Branch, v. X, no. 484 [sic 483], October 14, 1851

Olive Branch (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449227]

Villanova Digital Collection


Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles (2016: 5 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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Available for proofreading: Only a Girl’s Love

only-208x300Our latest proofreading project with Distributed Proofreaders is Only a Girl’s Love, another romance by prolific author Charles Garvice, who also wrote previously-released titles such as The Spider and the Fly and Wild Margaret.

If you are interesting to help create a new electronic edition of this forgotten novel, you can first read about the process in this earlier post, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – March 2016

Preliminary sketch 8, recto, Le vrai patineur.

Preliminary sketch 8, recto, Le vrai patineur.

Just a few newly digitized materials this week! As the cold hand of Winter recedes, check out some Spring readings, including the original artist’s copy with pen drawings and the later published and hand colored plates of the one of the first ice skating books, published in 1813 Paris.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

The unique story book
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449167]


Periodicals

20 p. Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 26, June 24, 1916

20 p., “The Fairy Corner”, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 26, June 24, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:448616]

Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection

Masthead illustration, "Do Boldly What You Know Is Right"

Masthead illustration, “Do Boldly What You Know Is Right”

Olive Branch (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449227]

Philadelphia Ceili Group


Festivals

Songs With Political Themes (8 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451464]

World Collection

Plate 1, verso

Plate 1, verso

Le vrai patineur, ou principes sur l’art de patiner avec grace
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450860]

Photograph, Standing small boy wearing Lederhosen and an Alpine hat

Photograph, Standing small boy wearing Lederhosen and an Alpine hat

German Cartes-de-vistes (19 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:352819]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Reverse

Motor Matt's ReverseOur latest Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders eBook release, Motor Matt’s Reverse; or, Caught in a Losing Cause, marks two significant milestones. Not only is this the twenty-fifth issue of Motor Stories to be converted from images in our collection into a full-fledged eBook, but it is also our hundredth release overall.

The story here fits the usual Motor Stories mold, with Motor Matt testing out his latest vehicle (another airplane) while facing danger from old enemies in search of revenge. The filler material this time around consists of four different (at least purportedly) factual pieces involving such diverse topics as piracy in the China Sea, battles between lions in captivity, and gold dredging.

As always, the complete text of the book may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.

 


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Content Roundup – First Week – March 2016

"Philadelphia Twist", [30] p., Spalding's roller skating guide / edited by H.P. Burchell

“Philadelphia Twist”, [30] p., Spalding’s roller skating guide / edited by H.P. Burchell

As the snow returns, curl up with a hot newly digitized title! This week, more Dime Novels and Story Papers! And a 1906 guide to learning to roller skate: be sure to check out the latest craze, the “Philadelphia Twist”.

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

Catholic Standard & Times

1921 (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:445028]

1922 (16 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:445713]

Contributions from Augustinian Theologians and Scholars

The praises of the illustrious men who bore fruit in the odor of sweetness
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449492]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The squire’s darling / by Charlotte M. Braeme
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450548]

Non-Fiction

"Starting of Two-Step", [82] p.

“Starting of Two-Step”, [82] p.

Spalding’s roller skating guide / edited by H.P. Burchell
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449252]

Book of parlor tricks
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449149]

Periodicals

[89] p., the Wellspring for young people, v. LXVIII, no. 12, March 25, 1911

[89] p., the Wellspring for young people, v. LXVIII, no. 12, March 25, 1911

Wellspring for Young People (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447515]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447525]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447535]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447545]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447555]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449388]

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 25, June 17, 1916

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 25, June 17, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:447874]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Shan Van Vocht (12 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:291027]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Festivals

Tin Whistle Teach-In
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450701]

Irish Phrases For Tourists
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450705]

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Books and Journals

Southwarcen : Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Cornelia Connelly Foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449666]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles (2016: 5 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]


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