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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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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – April 2016

p. 9, selection: "Ty Cobb, Superman",  Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 39, September 23, 1916

p. 9, selection: “Ty Cobb, Superman”, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 39, September 23, 1916

Spring has sprung – enjoy a host of newly digitized content available in the Digital Library this week. Highlights include: a new Mail Call podcast highlighting the Easter Rising, more newspaper and story paper issues, a manuscript of transcribed and annotated letters of Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, and 2 more extensive collections of Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

Catholica

Bishop Kenrick collection

Title page

Title page

Manuscript Transcription, Letters of Francis Patrick Kenrick to George Allen Family, 1849-1863. Volume 1.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457523]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The secrets of the diamond island / by Frank R. Turner
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457188]

[41] p.

[41] p.

Clear the way; or, The boys of Bear Hollow / by John Gordon
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:453695]

Clear grit; or, A young emigrant’s adventures / by Archie Van
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:453765]

Two brave boys; or, The mystery of the Great North Woods / by Dwight Weldon
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456571]

[2] p.

[2] p.

Barefooted Ben; or, The boy who built a railroad / by Henry L. Black
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456641]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 39, September 23, 1916

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 39, September 23, 1916

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450779]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451041]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451062]

[1] p., The Wellspring for young people, v. LXXV, no. 51. December 12, 1918.

[1] p., The Wellspring for young people, v. LXXV, no. 51. December 12, 1918.

Wellspring for Young People (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452994]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452964]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452974]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452984]

Great War

Mail Call

Easter Rising 1916 (episode number 5)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353234]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

[1] p., Olive Branch, v. 14, New Series, no. 52, Whole no. 721 [sic 720], April 29, 1856

[1] p., Olive Branch, v. 14, New Series, no. 52, Whole no. 721 [sic 720], April 29, 1856

Olive Branch (67 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449227]

[1] p., New-York Weekly Tribune, v. XII, no. 580, October 23, 1852

[1] p., New-York Weekly Tribune, v. XII, no. 580, October 23, 1852

New-York Weekly Tribune (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457187]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Sean Nós Singing (7 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457786]

Songs About Women (9 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457813]


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Content Roundup – Second and Third weeks – April 2016

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 31, July 29, 1916

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 31, July 29, 1916

Here is your two week – double-dose – of recently digitized content! Noteworthy inclusions are a rare work of poems of Roger Casement, more issues of Olive Branch, another volume of the Guide to Catholic Literature, and the 2015 Honor’s These.

American Catholic Historical Society

Records (volume 23: 14 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:454351]

Catholic Library Association

Guide to Catholic Literature (volume 5 added: 1952-1955)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:455631]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection

Non-Fiction

Volume of anecdotes
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:450530]


Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added: v. XLIV, no. 31, July 29, 1916)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449231]

[73] p., The Wellspring for young people, v. LXX, no. 10, March 8, 1913

[73] p., The Wellspring for young people, v. LXX, no. 10, March 8, 1913

Wellspring for Young People (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449478]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:453004]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Front cover, New-York Weekly Tribune, v. XI, no. 572, August 28, 1852

Front cover, New-York Weekly Tribune, v. XI, no. 572, August 28, 1852

New-York Weekly Tribune (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:457187]

Olive Branch (123 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:449227]


Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

Frontispiece, "Some poems of Roger Casement"

Frontispiece, “Some poems of Roger Casement”

Some poems of Roger Casement
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:454475]


Newspapers

447 p., The Gaelic journal, v. XIII, December, 1903, Whole Number 159

447 p., The Gaelic journal, v. XIII, December, 1903, Whole Number 159

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

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles (2016: 1 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:444148]

Undergraduate Honors Theses

2015 (20 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456786]


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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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