FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY



You are exploring: VU > Library > Blogs > Blue Electrode: Sparking between Silicon and Paper

Content Roundup – Third Week – November 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: November 21, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The search-light eye; or, Clif Faraday's signal corps / by Ensign Clarke Fitch, U.S.N.

Front cover, The search-light eye; or, Clif Faraday’s signal corps / by Ensign Clarke Fitch, U.S.N.

As the holiday season approaches, we offer a few new titles for your enjoyment, including a number of new issues of the story paper “Happy Days”, several novels from young adult series, and further resources from the Barry-Hayes papers of the Independence Seaport Museum. Happy Reading and Safe Holidays to all!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Two American boys in the war zone / by L. Worthington Green
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:371633]

The search-light eye; or, Clif Faraday’s signal corps / by Ensign Clarke Fitch, U.S.N.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:372128]

Midshipman Merrill / by Henry Harrison Lewis
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:371404]

Non-Fiction

How to do sixty tricks with cards
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368827]

Periodicals

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLII, no. 1074, May 15, 1915

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLII, no. 1074, May 15, 1915

Happy Days (14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362818]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362836]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362854]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363340]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363928]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363358]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363376]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363236]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363254]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:364665]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:364683]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:364701]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:364719]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:364737]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes Papers

Series LXVIII. Clippings (26 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:370860]

Engraved Business Card, J. A. Inslee, National Hotel, [n.d.].

Engraved Business Card, J. A. Inslee, National Hotel, [n.d.].

Series LXIX. Calling Cards (7 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:372107]

Series LXXV. Publications (7 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1139, August 12, 1916.

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1139, August 12, 1916.

Like

Irish Cultural Series Lecture Events in the Digital Library

In addition to the hours and hours of great Irish traditional music recordings in the Philadelphia Ceili Group collection, it has recently become apparent that PORTAL_CEILIthe collection also includes some incredibly compelling audio documents of cultural lecture events from years past by top scholars in Irish Studies. Check out these recordings from 1979 events sponsored by the Ceili Group:

 

 

“The Irish in Philadelphia”, a lecture by Dr. Dennis J. Clark.

 

“Passing the Time in Ballymenone”, a lecture by Dr. Henry Glassie.

 

“Irish Literary Tradition”, a lecture by Dr. Thomas Kinsella.

 

“Celtic Epic Poems, Heroic Cycles”, a lecture by Dr. Ann T. Matonis.

 

More to come as digitization progresses!

Like

Available for proofreading: Countess Vera

Countess Vera

Our latest Distributed Proofreading project is another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel, Countess Vera; or, The Oath of Vengeance. This tale comes from relatively early in Mrs. Miller’s career in melodrama, having first appeared in the New York Family Story Paper in October, 1882. This original publication came hot on the heels of another tale previously released as a Project Gutenberg eBook, The Rose and the Lily. Like that earlier story, Countess Vera is written entirely in the present tense, giving it a somewhat different flavor from most of its contemporaries.

To learn more about how you can help create a modern electronic edition of this long-forgotten novel, read this earlier post. When you’re ready to begin work, you can visit the project page to get started!

Like

Content Roundup – Second Week – November 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: November 14, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Cover selection, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1055, January 2, 1915

Cover selection, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1055, January 2, 1915

This week brings a number of new newspaper issues to your attention: 4 from the initial set of digitized content from Catholic Standard and Times and 47 issues – primarily from the war years – from the ongoing digitization of the story paper, Happy Days. In addition a few new dime novels and 6 issues of the rare French theater journal – Le Théatre are newly available. We also find another volume of the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature available from our digital partner the Catholic Library Association, as well as a significant number of new content from the Barry-Hayes papers from the Independence Seaport Museum. As the temperatures drop, and the “polar vortex” nears, brew a mug of hot chocolate and grab your favorite tablet or e-reader and explore!

Americana

Stereogram, The Syracuse Blacksmith Shop (Fusion). Hurst's Stereoscopic Studies of Natural History: for object teaching in schools and parlor entertainments, 1870

Stereogram, The Syracuse Blacksmith Shop (Fusion). Hurst’s Stereoscopic Studies of Natural History: for object teaching in schools and parlor entertainments, 1870

Stereogram Collection (4 stereograms added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353872]

Catholic Library Association

Guide to Catholic Literature (v. 8, 1964-1967 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:338778]

Catholica

Newspapers

Front cover, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 19, no. 39, Saturday, August 8, 1914

Front cover, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 19, no. 39, Saturday, August 8, 1914

The Catholic Standard and Times (collection created; 1914: 4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368816]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Averil / by Rosa Nouchette Carey
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:370492]

Grimesy’s new game / by Will Winner
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369493]

Title page,  The Safety First Club and the flood / by W.T. Nichols

Title page,
The Safety First Club and the flood / by W.T. Nichols

The Safety First Club and the flood / by W.T. Nichols
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369916]

Periodicals

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLII, no. 1080, June 26, 1915

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLII, no. 1080, June 26, 1915

Happy days : a paper for young and old (47 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:297465]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes Papers

Series LXVII. Newspapers (8 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367773]

Series LXVIII. Clippings (15 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:370860]

Series LXXV. Publications (13 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]

World

Le Théatre (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:47598]

Like
1 People Like This Post

Content Roundup – First Week – November 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: November 7, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Menu for the Officers' Mess Peace Dinner, Norton Hall, Sheffield, July 11th 1919.

Front cover, Menu for the Officers’ Mess Peace Dinner, Norton Hall, Sheffield, July 11th 1919.

This week let me present a number of notable items for your reading pleasure: the completion of the 1915 Ardmore Chronicle, 8 more issues of the the historical French language theater publication Le Théatre, and a World War I trivia game published during the conflict. It was a busy week, so there are more items to view, including:

Americana

Menu for the North Side Tea Room
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369171]

Menu for the Society of the Sons of St. George Philadelphia No. 2 to Calvary, No. 13 meal
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369177]

Stereogram Collection (2 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353872]

Summer trips : outings in California
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368529]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Six Bad Husbands and Six Unhappy Wives / by Ella Wheeler WIlcox
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369253]

Bright Flowers: Choice Stories for Little People
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369345]

Periodicals

Brother Jonathan supplement: (Eva: a true story of light and darkness, the ill-omened marriage, and other poems / by Sir Edward Lytton Bulwer)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369181]

New York Weekly supplement: (Prettiest of All / by Julia Edwards)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369219]

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1053, December 19, 1914.

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1053, December 19, 1914.

Happy Days (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361627]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362259]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362277]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362295]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362872]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362890]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:362908]

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366891]

Great War

Instruction Card,  America in the War : a patriotic and instructive game with pronunciation of all war names.

Instruction Card,
America in the War : a patriotic and instructive game with pronunciation of all war names.

America in the War : a patriotic and instructive game with pronunciation of all war names
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367602]

Menu for the Officers’ Mess Peace Dinner, Norton Hall, Sheffield, July 11th 1919
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368951]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

1915 (36 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:358337]

1916 (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366658]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes Collection

Series LXVII. Newspapers (18 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367773]

Series LXXV. Publications (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]

World

Front cover, Le Théatre, Numero de Noel, 1903, no. 120.

Front cover, Le Théatre, Numero de Noel, 1903, no. 120.

Le Théatre (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:47598]

Like
1 People Like This Post

Content Roundup – Last Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 31, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
"The 3 Bears take a morning walk", [5] p., The Three bears by R. André.

“The 3 Bears take a morning walk”, [5] p., The Three bears by R. André.

This week finds a number of new titles added to the collections including three more fairy tales in the Puss-in-Boots series; more progress on the Barry-Hayes collection; a number of new story paper issues, and a significant scrapbook by the comedian-detective Samuel (Tucker) Tugentman. To top it off: all 52 issues of the 1914 Ardmore Chronicle are now available.


Americana

Playbill, Selwyn’s Theater, July 4, 1870
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:336426]

Sam Tucker & Co. trade card

Sam Tucker & Co. trade card

Samuel Tugentman scrapbook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367774]

Leaflets from the beyond / by Gilbert Haven (Late Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368174]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Jack & the beanstalk
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363272]

[4],  Puss in Boots.

[4],
Puss in Boots.

Puss in Boots: / cobbled by R. Andre
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366901]

The Three bears : : / the pictures by R. André
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363290]

Non-Fiction

Is the Devil the Father of Spiritualism? / by G. Tabor Thompson, D.D.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367929]

Periodicals

Cover detail,   Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1052, December 12, 1914.

Cover detail,
Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLI, no. 1052, December 12, 1914.

Happy Days (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367343]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361234]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361609]

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 33, October 23, 1858.

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 33, October 23, 1858.

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366199]

Historical Society of Montgomery County


Ardmore Chronicle

[5] p. Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVII, No. 23, Saturday, March 11, 1916.

[5] p. Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVII, No. 23, Saturday, March 11, 1916.

1914 (completed – all 52 issues available)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]

1916 (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366658]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXIV. Narratives and poetry (6 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367369]

Series LXXIII. Fragments (16 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367276]

Series LXXV. Publications (3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]

"The First Glimpse of a Strange Land",  [6] p., from  Jack & the beanstalk.

“The First Glimpse of a Strange Land”, [6] p., from
Jack & the beanstalk.

Like

eBook available: Sybil Chase

Sybil ChaseAfter her short novel, Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, launched the Beadle’s Dime Novels series in 1860, Mrs. Ann S. Stephens continued to contribute to the popular line of inexpensive books. Myra, the Child of Adoption followed very quickly as #3 in the series, and a bit later came today’s featured title: Sybil Chase; or, The Valley Ranche, the twenty-first volume in the line.

The stereotype of the dime novel is a fast-paced, action-oriented crowd-pleaser with a convoluted yet shallow plot. With Sybil Chase, Mrs. Stephens once again proves that this pattern did not always hold true. The novel has a somewhat unusual structure, being essentially split into two very different acts and revealing some key plot points in a non-linear fashion. The role of the titular protagonist changes over time and is perhaps not what the reader would initially expect. While there are some significant action sequences, the pace is fairly slow and the writing very descriptive. Finally, as in Malaeska, the narrative contains enough tragic elements to indicate that this was definitely not intended as a feel-good tale.

If you want to check this out for yourself and get a taste of the popular reading options on the market in 1861, the entire book can be read online or downloaded to your eReader at Project Gutenberg.

Like

Available for Proofreading: Averil

AverilOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is Averil, a 19th-century novel by British author Rosa Nouchette Carey. The edition we are working with was published as part of F. M. Lupton’s Arm Chair Library of inexpensive reprints.

To help create a new electronic edition of this text so that it can live alongside some of the author’s other works on Project Gutenberg, you can learn more about the proofreading process in this blog post and then move on to the project page.

Like

Content Roundup – Fourth Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 24, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Postcard, December 1, 1917.

Postcard, December 1, 1917.

This week finds a significant number of new Barry-Hayes materials including poetry and fragments from other parts of the collection. A host of new story paper issues also are available for your reading pleasure. The first offering “Red Riding Hood” from a newly digitized fairy tales illustrated by R. André in popular literature series from 1888 and published by the McLoughlin Brothers show how European folk tales were made available to a younger American audience in vibrant color. Finally another musical set from the Philadelphia Ceili Group is completed! Listen and read on…

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

"A guilty conscience", [7 p.], Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André.

“A guilty conscience”, [7 p.], Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André.

Red Riding Hood : : / the pictures by R. André
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363308]

Periodicals

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1159, December 30, 1916.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1159, December 30, 1916.

Happy Days (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361062]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361080]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361108]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361126]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361144]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361162]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361198]

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 32, October 16, 1858.

The New York Ledger, v. XIV, no. 32, October 16, 1858.

New York Ledger (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366169]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366179]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366189]

Great War

Postcard, “Old Nick’s here with greetings to you”, December 1, 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366713]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle
(1914: 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]
(1916: collection created, 2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366658]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes Collection

Poem: 'How blighted the life the Sailor leades,' [n.d.].

Poem: ‘How blighted the life the Sailor leades,’ [n.d.].

Series LXIV. Narratives and poetry (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367369]

Series LXX. Forms (Blank) (9 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366657]

Series LXXI. Envelopes (30 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366890]

Series LXXII. Transcripts (1 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367362]

Series LXXIII. Fragments (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367276]

Series LXXV. Publications (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Green Fields of America”, May 5, 1979 (9 tracks added, complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366331]

“‘Irish Literary Tradition’, 1979″ with Thomas Kinsella (4 tracks added, complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367306]

Cover detail,  Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1127, May 20, 1916.

Cover detail,
Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1127, May 20, 1916.

Like

eBook available: Motor Matt’s Mystery

Motor Matt's MysteryAnother issue of Motor Stories from our collection is now available as an eBook thanks to the volunteers at Distributed Proofreaders. Motor Matt’s Mystery; or, Foiling a Secret Plot picks up where the previous volume left off, soon involving heroic Matt King in a pearl theft.

Probably the most frustrating feature of many dime novels is their heavy use of dialect, which not only tends to reinforce negative stereotypes but also makes reading difficult by forcing the reader to interpret nearly incomprehensible text. Unfortunately for readers, this volume has more dialect than any of the previous adventures due to the introduction of Carl Pretzel, an ex-vaudevillian with a German accent. In spite of this impediment, the book does manage to provide the usual action-packed adventure backed up with a reasonably well-constructed plot.

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

Like

Next Page »

 


Last Modified: October 24, 2014