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Content Roundup – Last Week – May 2016

"U.S.S. Florida", front pastedown, Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI

“U.S.S. Florida”, inside front cover, Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI

The heat is on! So take a moment to cool down with a refreshing spritz of reading materials, newly digitized for your consideration. Especially noteworthy is a scrapbook of a United States Marine serving seaside on the U.S.S. Florida during the Great War. More issues of the Gaelic Journal and two volumes of a rare engraved bible are among the other offerings for this week!

Dime novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Diamond Dick’s Jr.’s, Durango Dozen; or, The vampires of Vallecita / by W. B. Lawson
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457848]

Non-fiction

Volume of funny stories
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457469]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452925]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:463673]

Great War

Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marines WWI, photo 1, recto

Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marines WWI, photo 1, recto

Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464242]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

Detailed capital, selection [129] p., The Gaelic journal, v. XI, August, 1901, Whole Number 132

Detailed capital, selection [129] p., The Gaelic journal, v. XI, August, 1901, Whole Number 132

The Gaelic Journal (25 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:454352]

La Salle University

[47] p., the Holy Bible [v. 3: Psalms to Malachi] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler

[47] p., the Holy Bible [v. 3: Psalms to Malachi] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler

The Holy Bible, ornamented with engravings by James Fittler (2 volumes added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464241]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Evening Ceili (10 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:464700]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Engagement

Motor Matt's EngagementAnother Motor Stories adventure has been released to Project Gutenberg through our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders. In Motor Matt’s Engagement; or, On the Road with a Show, Motor Matt has signed up to do aerial stunts in a circus only to be reunited with an old friend and involved in a mystery. The volume also includes some interesting filler material, including a (factually-questionable) article on the capture of a huge python and a broad overview of life in Burma that offers a more positive portrayal than one might expect from this period.

As usual, the entire issue can be read online or downloaded in eBook format through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – May 2016

Map, The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838

Map, The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838

This week finds a number of new treasures digitized, and now available for your reading and research needs. Noteworthy materials include: issues of the early Boston published Irish language journal “The Irish Echo”, a very early almanac from Madras (now Chennai) India with colorful maps and plates for the year 1838, two American photographic albums showing the efforts of families to document their vacation and domestic travels in the 1910’s with snapshots, and a new musical “Sing-Along” set from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

Americana

[2] p., Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920

[2] p., Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920

Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461886]

[10] p., Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907

[10] p., Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907

Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:462662]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Harpoon Harry; or, Castaways of the Antarctic / by L. Philips
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457255]

Fighting the savages; or, The pearl of the Pacific / by Frank R. Turner
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457028]

Non-Fiction

Spiritualism exposed
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:462786]

Periodicals

Selection, front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 53, December 30, 1916

Selection, front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 53, December 30, 1916

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456500]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451083]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[33] p., The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 3, June 1893

[33] p., The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 3, June 1893

The Irish Echo (12 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:462101]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Sing-Along (13 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:460257]

World

"Geometrical Projection of a Lunar Eclipse in the month of October 1838", Plate, recto; he Madras New Almanac, 1838

“Geometrical Projection of a Lunar Eclipse in the month of October 1838”, Plate, recto; he Madras New Almanac, 1838

The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:462053]

Around the world / by Rev. J. T. Roche, LLD.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461211]


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eBook available: The Man

The ManThe latest Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders release drawn from our collection is The Man: A Story of To-day, by “Aspasia Hobbs,” a pseudonym of Elbert Hubbard.

This is a very unusual book, claiming to contain “Facts, Fancies and Faults Peculiarly its Own; Containing Certain Truths Heretofore Unpublished Concerning Right Relation of the Sexes, etc., etc.” and providing a bit of social satire, a bit of speculation about the life of Shakespeare, a bit of fantasy, and a lot of philosophizing. Because of its eccentric nature, it is perhaps understandable that it was published by J. S. Ogilvie, a name often associated with inexpensive dime novels and popular handbooks (several of which can be found in our collection).

The entire novel can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg. More works by its author can be found in our Hubbard Collection.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – May 2016

[Photograph 4, recto], Photograph album, Oxford Trio, Basketball Bicycle theater vaudeville act travelling America in 1914-1916

[Photograph 4, recto], Photograph album, Oxford Trio, Basketball Bicycle theater vaudeville act travelling America in 1914-1916

Enjoy the Spring weather and a few newly digitized items this week! Noteworthy additions include a scrapbook of the traveling Oxford Trio – a group of basketball playing bicyclists; more issues of the story paper the Chicago Ledger, and the travel photograph album of a Wisconsin family.

Americana

Selection [28] p., "Moon Light San Francisco Bay July 1914"

Selection [28] p., “Moon Light San Francisco Bay July 1914”

Photograph album, Oxford Trio, Basketball Bicycle theater vaudeville act travelling America in 1914-1916
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461707]

[63] p.,  Nurses and Soldiers

[63] p., Nurses and Soldiers

Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:461886]

Catholica

Bishop Kenrick

Manuscript Transcriptions, Letters of Francis Patrick Kenrick to George Allen Family, 1849-1863. v. 2
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459818]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

Mind reading
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457169]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 51, December 16, 1916

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 51, December 16, 1916

Chicago Ledger (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451839]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457743]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456479]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457764]

World

Plate, "The Comet of 1811", The Wonders of the universe, v. 1

Plate, “The Comet of 1811”, The Wonders of the universe, v. 1

The Wonders of the universe: or Curiosities of nature and art: including memoirs and anecdotes of wonderful and eccentric characters of every age and nation (v.1)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:460228]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Make-and-Break

Motor Stories #26Our latest Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders release is yet another Motor Stories adventure: Motor Matt’s Make-and-Break; or, Advancing the Spark of Friendship. This time around, Motor Matt once again faces off against ruthless broker Amos Murgatroyd while attempting to facilitate a reconciliation between Murgatroyd’s kindly clerk and the clerk’s estranged son.

As with most issues, the book also contains some filler material: “Mose Howard’s Fish Trap,” a “humorous” story of practical jokes played on a Professor of Orthography, plus two self-explanatory non-fiction pieces: “Photographs Taken in Dangerous Places” and “Costly Fishes.”

The entire text can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – First Week – May 2016

Selection p. [17], Treat ’em rough, v. 1, no. 9, July 29, 1918

Selection p. [17], Treat ’em rough, v. 1, no. 9, July 29, 1918

A number of new items join the ranks this week! For your reading and research needs, take a look at some of the following: a number of significant Great War materials, including a rare Camp Colt U.S. Tank Corp. publication “Treat ‘Um Rough” featuring a number of photographs of the Camp Commander – then Major Dwight D. Eisenhower, a book of “Doughboy Poetry” from troops serving on the Mexican border, and from the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center – World War I war records of Philadelphia Roman Catholics serving in the conflict.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover

Front cover

Flower and weed / by M.E. Braddon
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457399]

The wizard of the waves; or, A story of life and adventure on land and sea / by L. Philips
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456990]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451860]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451818]

Great War

Front cover

Front cover

Pilgrimage for the mothers and widows of soldiers, sailors, and marines of the American forces now interred in the cemeteries of Europe as provided by the Act of Congress of March 2, 1929
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458977]

Front cover, "Doughboy Poetry" (Cover title: On the Mexican border)

Front cover, “Doughboy Poetry” (Cover title: On the Mexican border)

“Doughboy Poetry” / [Compiled by Ivan L. Gaddis]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459676]

Front cover

Front cover

Treat ’em rough (1 issue added: v. 1, no. 9, July 29, 1918 )
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459635]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection [1] p., "Splendid St. Patrick's Day Celebration" / "A Fenian Group", The Gaelic American - Vol. IV No. 12, March 23, 1907

Selection [1] p., “Splendid St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” / “A Fenian Group”, The Gaelic American – Vol. IV No. 12, March 23, 1907

The Gaelic American (1907: 8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458858]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Delaney, Lawrence E., died: September 24, 1918

Delaney, Lawrence E., died: September 24, 1918

World War I — War Records (15 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:459489]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Doodle, April 27, 2016

Doodle, April 27, 2016

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


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eBook available: My Pretty Maid

My Pretty MaidOur latest Project Gutenberg release, produced through Distributed Proofreaders, is another novel by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller: My Pretty Maid; or, Liane Lester.

According to her unpublished autobiography, To Be Continued in Our Next, this story marked one of several turning points in Mrs. Miller’s long writing career. At the time of its writing, she had a contract with Street & Smith to write for The New York Weekly. When a new editor rejected the first installment of this tale, she sold the story to competitor The New York Family Story Paper instead and eventually broke her Street & Smith contract to move back to the Family Story Paper, the venue where her most famous story, The Bride of the Tomb, had debuted. Mrs. Miller claimed to have felt vindicated when, years later, the story was issued in book form by Street & Smith in spite of the earlier rejection. It is this book-form release that formed the basis for the current electronic edition.

The entire novel may now be read or downloaded through Project Gutenberg. Mrs. Miller’s autobiography is not currently available in print or online but may be accessed through arrangement with the Greenbrier Historical Society.


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Available for proofreading: The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service

Dreadnought Boys on Aero ServiceMore than a year ago, we released an eBook edition of the first book in the Dreadnought Boys series of pre-WWI naval adventure stories. Our latest project at Distributed Proofreaders is another volume from this set, The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service, in which the series’ young heroes encounter early “aeroplanes.”

To help produce a new electronic edition of this long-forgotten novel, first read about how the process works and then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – April 2016

[4] p. Card 4, top, Trade card scrapbook, [1883]

[4] p. Card 4, top, Trade card scrapbook, [1883]

New! New! New! A number of newly digitized titles are now available in the digital library for your reading and research interests. See especially a vibrant Pennsylvania trade card scrapbook, a photograph album of 1919 California, and a host of new dime novels and popular literature.

Americana Collection

[13-14] p.

[13-14] p.

Photograph album of Southern California, 1919-1920
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458667]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection

Fiction

The Russian gipsy, or, The palace of ice / by Alexander Dumas
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451188]

The steps of doom : a tale of the land of the Incas / by L. Philips
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456952]

Non-Fiction

How to hypnotize
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457151]

Periodicals

Front cover, "Halloween", Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 44, October 28, 1916

Front cover, “Halloween”, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 44, October 28, 1916

Chicago Ledger (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451885]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:453314]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:453674]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456458]

Pennsylvaniana Collection

[10] p.

[10] p.

Trade card scrapbook, [1883]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458683]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[1] p., selection, The Gaelic American - Vol. III No. 48, December 1, 1906

[1] p., selection, The Gaelic American – Vol. III No. 48, December 1, 1906

The Gaelic American

1906 (44 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:266850]

1907 (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458858]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Cittern Workshop (6 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458859]


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