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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Launch

Motor Matt's LaunchThe latest title to be transformed from images in our Digital Library into a Project Gutenberg eBook by Distributed Proofreaders is the twenty-first Motor Stories adventure, Motor Matt’s Launch; or, A Friend in Need. This adventure starts Motor Matt off with a clean slate, as it sends his old friends Carl and Dick off on a trip and allows him to meet a new cast of supporting characters.

Those relieved at the prospect of a break from the German stereotyping of Carl Pretzel will be disappointed to find him replaced with, if anything, an even less sympathetic ethnic portrayal in the form of the unfortunately named Ping Pong, a Chinese character who teams up with Motor Matt after winning a boat in a raffle. The book’s exaggerated racial portrayals are at least slightly offset by the fact that Matt himself steadfastly refuses to join in his fellow characters’ racism, and his kindness and open-mindedness is ultimately shown to pay off — another example of the complexities and contradictions to be found in this series.

As with most issues of Motor Stories, the book is filled out with an extra story, in this case, “The Man-Eater,” telling of an encounter with a dangerous tiger.

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


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Content Roundup – Third Week – November 2015

Selection, Plate 21, Atlas of properties on Main Line, Pennsylvania Railroad from Overbrook to Paoli, 1913

Selection, Plate 21, Atlas of properties on Main Line, Pennsylvania Railroad from Overbrook to Paoli, 1913

On this pre-Thanksgiving week, a number of new and interesting items are available for your reading pleasure, including – from 1913 – an Atlas of the Main Line, more Story Paper and other newspaper issues, and new musical performances from the Philadelphia Ceili Group!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 769, July 10, 1909

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 769, July 10, 1909

Happy Days (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434440]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434458]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434476]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434494]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434512]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

Emil Doernenburg collection (2 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428329]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[673] p., The Irish People, v. 2, no. 43, September 16, 1865

[673] p., The Irish People, v. 2, no. 43, September 16, 1865

The Irish People (25 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]

[37] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. II, no. 3, March 12, 1897

[37] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. II, no. 3, March 12, 1897

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


Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (16 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

Festivals

Meadow Stage: Gerald Trimble (7 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:436217]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

Atlas of properties on Main Line, Pennsylvania Railroad from Overbrook to Paoli
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435801]


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Available for proofreading: The Prince of the House of David

The Prince of the House of DavidBefore dime novelist Prentiss Ingraham was writing adventures like Wizard Will the Wonder Worker, his father Reverend J. H. Ingraham published a number of successful religious novels. Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is one of these tales, an epistolary novel called The Prince of the House of David. The particular edition we are using as the basis for this project comes from Chicago-based publisher David C. Cook’s New Sabbath Library, a series of inexpensive editions of religious novels sold by subscription.

To help make this once-popular book available again in convenient electronic formats, first read about the proofreading process here, then join in at the project page.


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eBook available: Leslie’s Loyalty

Leslie's LoyaltyOur latest Project Gutenberg eBook release, produced with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders project, is Leslie’s Loyalty by Charles Garvice. This is the third Garvice title we have worked on, following Wild Margaret and The Spider and the Fly.

Leslie’s Loyalty seems to be a fairly typical Garvice romance, with an irresponsible but good-natured upper class hero, a beautiful but poor heroine, and some melodramatic complications to delay their eventual union. There aren’t as many unusual plot elements as were found in The Spider and the Fly, but there are mix-ups and misunderstandings enough to fuel a screwball comedy. This is no comedy, however — in spite of some humorous moments, it more often aims for a tragic tone.

As in Wild Margaret, the author’s prose holds a certain charm that goes at least a little way to offset the conventionality and absurdity of the plot. Perhaps it’s the tongue-in-cheek snobbishness of the narration, or the fact that the story makes an effort to paint nearly every character sympathetically; whatever it is, there is a certain intangible quality that helps to explain how these novels were best-sellers in their day.

In case you’d like to form your own opinion, the entire book can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – November 2015

Front cover, The American chatterbox

Front cover, The American chatterbox

This week newly digitized dime novels and story paper issues of note are available including another title in the ongoing “Brighton Boys” adventure novels, and a bound volume of the story paper “American chatterbox”! As well, more issues of the Irish People published in Dublin make an appearance.

Catholica

Newspapers

I.C.B.U. Journal (30 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428063]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Brighton boys with the battle fleet / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435237]

Periodicals

The American chatterbox, 1881-1882
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434755]

Front cover, illustration for Jack, the Acrobat, from: Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 768, July 3, 1909

Front cover, illustration for Jack the Acrobat, from: Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 768, July 3, 1909

Happy days : a paper for young and old (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434404]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434422]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection from p. 277,  "Murder", The Irish People, v. 2, no. 18, March 25, 1865

Selection from p. 277, “Murder”, The Irish People, v. 2, no. 18, March 25, 1865

The Irish People (30 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Front, "Subscriptions to the Reception given to Admiral Vignes on Friday evening," November 18, 1887

Front, “Subscriptions to the Reception given to Admiral Vignes on Friday evening,” November 18, 1887

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]

Philadelphia Ceili Group


Workshops

The Irish-American Tradition in Music and Song (8 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:435520]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

5 items added
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:206082]


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How we spent our summer vacations

At the beginning of the summer, we acquired and digitized a scrapbook documenting a road trip across America in 1924. It’s a fascinating glimpse of cross-country motor vehicle travel in its early days as well as providing photographic peeks into average American towns. I love recreating old photos when the opportunity presents itself (as previously demonstrated by my Paris sojourn), so I was eager to recreate the scrapbook’s California photos when I headed out to the Golden State for a conference and vacation trip. When I learned that two of my colleagues would also be traveling to states featured in the scrapbook, I enlisted their help as well. Here are the photos we took along with the originals from the scrapbook. A lot of the photos were of generic landscapes or portraits, but we had fun finding similar perspectives, even if not always from the exact same place.

(Click the images to enlarge.)

Demian Katz, South Dakota:

A family portrait, 1924 and 2015:

A family in South Dakota, 1924 A family in South Dakota, 2015

“Some Boy,” 1924 and 2015:

"Some boy" in South Dakota, 1924 "Some boy" (South Dakota), 2015

The Badlands, 1924 and 2015:

Badlands (South Dakota), 1924 Badlands (South Dakota), 2015

“Some of the Road in S.D.,” 1924 and 2015:

Some of the road in South Dakota, 1924 Some of the road in South Dakota, 2015

 

Laura Bang, California:

Redwoods, 1924 and 2015:

CA redwoods, 1924

CA redwoods, 2015 CA redwoods, 2015

Bridge in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, 1924 and 2015:

Japanese Tea Garden Bridge (San Francisco, CA), 1924 Japanese Tea Garden Bridge (San Francisco, CA), 2015

Atascadero Community House, 1924, and Atascadero City Hall, 2015:

Community House (Atascadero, CA), 1924 City Hall (Atascadero, CA), 2015

 

Laura Hutelmyer, Arizona:

The Grand Canyon, 1924 and 2015:

The Grand Canyon, 1924 The Grand Canyon, 2015

The Grand Canyon, 1924 The Grand Canyon, 2015

Bright Angel Trail (Grand Canyon), 1924 and 2015:

Bright Angel Trail, 1924 Bright Angel Trail, 2015

Bright Angel Trail, 1924 Bright Angel Trail, 2015

Fortunately none of us drove into in a ditch, like our 1924 predecessors!

"Our first hard luck," 1924

Take a look through the scrapbook to view all the adventures of Paul Haines, Warren Bridegam, and George Spang across 1924 America.


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Available for proofreading: How to Be a Detective

How to Be a DetectiveOur latest title to become available at Distributed Proofreaders is How to Be a Detective, a volume from Frank Tousey’s Ten Cent Hand Books series which alleges to be written by Old King Brady, the heroic detective from the Secret Service series (and elsewhere). While this claims to be a “how to” manual, it also appears to contain some fiction.

To help create a new electronic edition of this vintage book, first read this earlier blog post, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – First Week – November 2015

Plate 1, "Gregor Mendel", from Mendelizm ili teoriia skreshchevaniia.  Moscow : Knigoizdatel'stvo studentov Moskovskago sel'skokhoziaistvennago instituta, 1914.

Plate 1, “Gregor Mendel”, from Mendelizm ili teoriia skreshchevaniia. Moscow : Knigoizdatel’stvo studentov Moskovskago sel’skokhoziaistvennago instituta, 1914.

This two week report, covering the last week of October and the first week of November, brings a number of newly digitized and described materials to your attention. Some of the treasures in this double-dose of content include: a rare 1914 Russian work on Gregor Mendel and genetics; over 50 new issues of the I.C.B.U. journal; 46 issues of the rare Chambers’s London Journal; a new set of music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group; and a host of books from the Joseph McGarrity collection including a presentation copy of poems of Padraic Pearse, to Joseph McGarrity.


Catholica

Newspapers

[1] p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 19, no. 321, November 15, 1889

[1] p., I.C.B.U. Journal, v. 19, no. 321, November 15, 1889

I.C.B.U. Journal (56 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428063]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, The Brighton boys in transatlantic flight

Front cover, The Brighton boys in transatlantic flight

The Brighton boys in transatlantic flight / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:432550]

Periodicals

Comfort (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:430138]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:430180]

Selection from 8 p., Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 766, June 19, 1909

Selection from 8 p., Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 766, June 19, 1909

Happy Days (1 issue added: title story “Trailing the Black Fox; or, Two boy traders from Winnipeg / by Jas. D. Montague”
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:434386]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

Font cover, Fun o' the forge

Font cove, Fun o’ the forge

Fun o’ the forge : stories / by Brian O’Higgins
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:432987]

Poems of the Irish revolutionary brotherhood
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431586]

[1] p., Suantraidhe agus goltraidhe

[1] p., Suantraidhe agus goltraidhe

Suantraidhe agus goltraidhe / Pádraic mac Piarais
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431492]

p. 1, Belfast Newspapers

p. 1, Belfast Newspapers

Belfast newspapers : past and present / by A. Albert Campbell
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431560]

Front cover, Clár Oireactais 1909.

Front cover, Clár Oireactais 1909.

Clár Oireactais 1909
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431708]

Newspapers

Front cover, An Ċraoḃ-ruaḋ

Front cover, An Ċraoḃ-ruaḋ

An Ċraoḃ-ruaḋ : irisleaḃar Ċonnarṫa na Gaeḋilge ġá ċur amaċ ag muinntir na h-Árd-Sgoile Ultaiġe Béal-Feirsde : high-class literary and art magazine, devoted to the promotion of the Irish language, arts, and industries (volume 1 complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:432865]

[221] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 11, November 6, 1896

[221] p., The Shan Van Vocht, v. I, no. 11, November 6, 1896

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

Selection, p. 656, "Worm Lozenge" from The Irish People, v. 1, no. 41, September 3, 1864

Selection from p. 656, “Lloyd’s Vegetable Worm Lozenges”, The Irish People, v. 1, no. 41, September 3, 1864

The Irish People (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426929]

Mendel Collection

p. 318

p. 318

Mendelizm ili teoriia skreshchevaniia = “Mendelism or the theory of crossing” / E. A. Bogdanov.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:10949]

Pennsylvaniana

Front cover, Typescript Article: The Sciacchitani of Norristown (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania); Comments on MSS Records at HSP, 2011

Front cover, Typescript Article: The Sciacchitani of Norristown (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania); Comments on MSS Records at HSP, 2011

Celeste A. Morello Collection (5 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402253]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Front, Report, By: Mr. Downing on the Cost of 3 Stenographers for the Catholic Club's Tenth Anniversary Banquet at Hotel Bellevue, January 29, 1887

Front, Report, By: Mr. Downing on the Cost of 3 Stenographers for the Catholic Club’s Tenth Anniversary Banquet at Hotel Bellevue, January 29, 1887

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (4 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

Events

“Skylark”, April 29, 1989 (19 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431538]


Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

4 items added
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:206082]

World

Periodicals

Masthead, [385] p., Chambers's London Journal of History, Literature, Poetry, Biography, and Adventure, v. 2, no. 81, December 10, 1842

Masthead, [385] p., Chambers’s London Journal of History, Literature, Poetry, Biography, and Adventure, v. 2, no. 81, December 10, 1842

Chambers’s London Journal (46 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:429634]

p. 99, "Types of Irish Costume", from An Ċraoḃ-ruaḋ

p. 99, “Types of Irish Costume”, from An Ċraoḃ-ruaḋ


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Robert M. O’Reilly

Posted for Susan Ottignon.

Recently the Digital Library completed a digitalization project of the “Robert M. O’Reilly” papers. The collection’s subject, Dr. Robert O’Reilly, was a Philadelphia native, who held a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and had a lengthy and distinguishable career in the U. S. Army which lasted over 40 years, from 1867-1909.

The O’Reilly collection consists of over 300+ items, chronicling Dr. O’Reilly’s personal life and military career, includes his personal letters, a selection of published U.S. Army General Orders, from the United States Adjutant-General’s Office, in 1870, and his scrapbook from the 1906 International Conference for the Revision of the Geneva Convention where he was a delegate for the United States.

There are several unique certificates, in this collection, given to O’Reilly signifying his succession in military rank; the certificates are sizable and elaborate in design and signed and countersigned by the President and Secretary of War. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War under Lincoln and Johnson, signed O’Reilly’s first certificate, with his appointment as a Medical Cadet, in January, 1864. Several certificates display the signatures of Presidents Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt authorizing O’Reilly’s promotion in rank; in most cases the certificate had a stamped Presidential signature, and were countersigned by the Secretary of War as well as recorded in the Adjutant General’s Office.

The Collection is owned by the American Catholic Historical Society and held at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center in Wynnewood, PA. Be certain to check out the Center’s blog, by Amanda McKnight, entitled, “Robert M. O’Reilly, Surgeon General” which provides a summary of Robert O’Reilly’s life and career.

If you are interested in more information on the role of a Medical Cadet during the Civil War, 1861-1865, I suggest reading this blog: Schmidt, Jim. “Medical Department #36 – Medical Cadets.” Civil War Medicine (and Writing): A blog on Civil War-era medicine and my own historical research and writing. 11 October 2010. Accessed 13 July 2015.

Printed. Military Promotion of Rank Certificate, To: Brigadier General Robert O'Reilly, Surgeon General, U. S. Army Signed: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States and Elihu Root, Secretary of War, December 2, 1902.

Printed. Military Promotion of Rank Certificate, To: Brigadier General Robert O’Reilly, Surgeon General, U. S. Army Signed: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States and Elihu Root, Secretary of War, December 2, 1902.


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – October 2015

[1] p., hotograph album, Traveling theater companies and vaudeville acts in America, 1910-1921

[1] p., Photograph album, Traveling theater companies and vaudeville acts in America, 1910-1921

This week brings a trove of newly digitized content to your attention. Especially noteworthy is a photograph album of traveling circus and theater performers as they travel journey across the United States, over a span of years. Also available: more newspaper issues from across the collections, papers related to crime and policing in the Philadelphia region, and more ephemera relating to the Catholic Club of Philadelphia featuring early dinner menus and programs.

Americana

[33] p., "Characters in the Sheriff's Bride"

[33] p., “Characters in the Sheriff’s Bride”

Photograph album, Traveling theater companies and vaudeville acts in America, 1910-1921
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:425275]

Catholica

Newspapers

Catholic Weekly Instructor (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408956]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408962]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418144]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418132]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418150]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418156]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418162]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418168]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418174]

The Catholic Standard and Times

1917 (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391199]

1919 (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:422552]

1920 (25 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:429913]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Guide to fortune-telling by dreams
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:422900]

Paratextual Materials

[62] p.,  "The Golden Grotto", Happy Days story paper scrapbook

[62] p., “The Golden Grotto”, Happy Days story paper scrapbook

Happy Days story paper scrapbook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:429532]

Periodicals

Comfort (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:424275]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:424317]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:425867]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:430054]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:430096]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

Front cover, Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 2, January 8, 1916

Front cover, Deutsch-Amerika, v.2, no. 2, January 8, 1916

Deutsch-Amerika

Deutsch-Amerika (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:431218]


Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

3 items added
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:206082]

Pennsylvaniana

Celeste A. Morello Collection

The Philadelphia Police’s Homicide Records: The First Decades of Investigating & Advancement
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:423157]

The Sicilian Colony, in Norristown, Pennsylvania
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:426223]

Reviewing Illicit Narcotics Use & Distribution in Philadelphia before the Involvement of Organized Crime
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:423142]

Philadelphia’s Lawful Mafiosi; A Review of Unconvicted Mafiosi
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:422447]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Front cover, Dinner Menu, From: The Hibernian Society of Philadelphia's 115th Anniversary Honoring the Governors of the Original Thirteen States, September 17, 1886

Front cover, Dinner Menu, From: The Hibernian Society of Philadelphia’s 115th Anniversary Honoring the Governors of the Original Thirteen States, September 17, 1886

Catholic Club of Philadelphia Records, 1871-1923 (11 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:428999]

[Front menu], Printed. Invitation and Menu, To: Tenth Anniversary of the Catholic Club of Philadelphia : Banquet at Hotel Bellevue, Given in Honor of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, February 8, 1887

[Front menu], Printed. Invitation and Menu, To: Tenth Anniversary of the Catholic Club of Philadelphia : Banquet at Hotel Bellevue, Given in Honor of His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, February 8, 1887


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