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Content Roundup – Last Week – August 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 28, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[1], Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 9, July 1912

[1], Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 9, July 1912

This week finds newly digitized issues of the story paper Comfort – containing serial fiction, sewing patterns, and news of interest! As well, more issues of the Catholic Standard and Times and papers from the Robert O’Reilly collection add to variety that is now available for your reading and research pleasure.

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

[1], Letter, To: "My dear Siss" (Mary O'Reilly) From: Robert, May 9, 1903

[1], Letter, To: “My dear Siss” (Mary O’Reilly) From: Robert, May 9, 1903

Robert M. O’Reilly (27 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Catholica

Newspapers

[1],  The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 22, no. 47, Saturday, October 6, 1917

[1], The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 22, no. 47, Saturday, October 6, 1917

Catholic Standard and Times
1916: 8 issues added
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395072]

1917: 7 issues added
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391199]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 12, October 1912

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 12, October 1912

Comfort (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417081]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417111]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417909]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418197]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417977]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418015]

[1], Ein Kampf um Rom : historischer Roman / von Felix Dahn. 1. Hälfte

[1], Ein Kampf um Rom : historischer Roman / von Felix Dahn. 1. Hälfte

Die Deutsche Library (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:420673]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:420739]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409999]


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Available for proofreading: How to Do Chemical Tricks

How to Do Chemical TricksIt has been quite some time since we have released a Frank Tousey Ten Cent Hand Book to Distributed Proofreaders, so today’s new project is somewhat overdue. How to Do Chemical Tricks offers a series of science experiments for its young readers, and like previous release How to Make Electrical Machines, it shows that our attitudes about what children should be doing on their own may have changed a bit in a century.

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


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eBook available: Motor Matt in Brazil

Motor Matt in BrazilAnother week brings another Project Gutenberg release from the Motor Stories series, thanks to the work of Distributed Proofreaders volunteers.

In volume 18, Motor Matt in Brazil; or, Under the Amazon, the Motor Boys continue their adventures aboard the submarine Grampus, finding themselves opposed by the Sons of the Rising Son, a fanatical Japanese nationalist group determined to prevent the craft from falling under the control of the American government. Perhaps it goes without saying that some unfortunate period stereotypes are put on display along the way, and the story’s heroes demonstrate varying degrees of racism, though the narrative is careful to differentiate between the story’s villains and the friendly Japanese government.

The book is filled out with “In the Hands of the Enemy,” a short story involving an African uprising (and, unsurprisingly, some more racist attitudes).

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


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Content Roundup – Third Week – August 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 21, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The Brighton boys with the engineers at Cantigny / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll

Front cover, The Brighton boys with the engineers at Cantigny / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll

Just a few newly digitized items to view this week, as summer’s end approaches.

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

Front, Letter, To: "Dear Siss" (Mary O'Reilly) From: Robert, November 8, 1872

Front, Letter, To: “Dear Siss” (Mary O’Reilly) From: Robert, November 8, 1872

Robert M. O’Reilly (15 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Brighton boys with the engineers at Cantigny / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:421197]

Pennsylvaniana

Celeste A. Morello Collection

"Exhibit 4"

“Exhibit 4″

Historical Marker application documents, Philadelphia Historical Commission, St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 2015
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:420515]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Close Call

Motor Matt's Close CallAnother Motor Stories adventure has arrived at Project Gutenberg through our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders.

In issue 17, Motor Matt’s Close Call; or, The Snare of Don Carlos, the submarine Grampus once again faces revolutionaries in Belize through the machinations of a villain with a talent for impersonation.

The issue also contains some interesting filler material: a feel-good New Year’s story by Horatio Alger, Jr. and an article about dangerous careers, which includes such memorable passages as this one, about the hazards faced by pearl divers:

Many succumb every season to a strange and deadly form of paralysis. Many more are eaten by sharks, drowned through getting their feet entangled in weeds, caught in crevices in the rocks while exploring the depths of the sea, or seized and devoured quickly by shoals of gigantic octopi—those ghouls of the ocean—which invariably infest the fishing-grounds.

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


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Content Roundup – Second Week – August 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 14, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Deed, James Fowsier to Mary F. Lynch, for Lot No. 126 in Thos. Scott's Plan [May 1837]

Deed, James Fowsier to Mary F. Lynch, for Lot No. 126 in Thos. Scott’s Plan [May 1837]

This week sees the completion of the digitization and description of recently donated materials from John B. and Carroll R. Powell, largely between James Buchanan and David Lynch; these documents, letters, and clippings date largely from 1850’s Pennsylvania and supplement the American Catholic Historical Society collection of Historical Papers of David Lynch. As well, a few more dime novel and story paper issues are available for reading during your back-to-school journey.

Catholica

Newspapers

The Boys' and Girls' Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 51, Saturday, May 22, 1847

The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 51, Saturday, May 22, 1847

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408915]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408925]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Bravest of the Brave : a Story of the Mexican War / by Harry Lakeland
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:288181]


Periodicals

[1], Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 7, May 1912

[1], Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 7, May 1912

Comfort (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417013]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417051]


Pennsylvaniana

"On the Death of George Washington", Ulster County Gazette, v. 2, no. 88, Saturday, January 4, 1800

“On the Death of George Washington”, Ulster County Gazette, v. 2, no. 88, Saturday, January 4, 1800

John B. and Carroll R. Powell Collection (50 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406109]

Front, Letter, To: David Lynch, From: George L. Robinson, May 18, 1858

Front, Letter, To: David Lynch, From: George L. Robinson, May 18, 1858


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Quest

Motor Matt's QuestThis week, we mark the halfway point through the 32-volume Motor Stories series on Project Gutenberg with the release of the sixteenth adventure, Motor Matt’s Quest; or, Three Chums in Strange Waters.

Picking up where the previous adventure left off, this reveals the government assignment that Motor Matt and his friends must undertake in their submarine: rescuing an American consul from revolutionaries in Belize. The volume also includes the usual random assortment of filler material, including “Mischievous Ned,” in which the young boy of the title aggressively pushes the boundary between “mischief” and “criminal assault.”

As usual, the entire book can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – First Week – August 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 7, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The Metropolitan Catholic Almanac and Laity's Directory for the year 1844

Front cover, The Metropolitan Catholic Almanac and Laity’s Directory for the year 1844

This week finds available for your reading and research enjoyment a number of new materials. We present the next in the series of the ongoing digitization of the official Catholic Directories, this week’s from 1844. As well, 5 issues of an import German language reprint library – Die Deutsche Library – are newly online and represent the vibrant German language popular publishing press in the United States prior to the American entry in the Great War in 1917.

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

Letter, To: "Dear Siss" (Mary O'Reilly) From: Robert, July 10, 1869

Letter, To: “Dear Siss” (Mary O’Reilly) From: Robert, July 10, 1869

Robert M. O’Reilly (10 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Catholica

The Official Catholic Directory

The Metropolitan Catholic Almanac and Laity’s Directory for the year 1844
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:419876]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

My pretty maid, or, Liane Lester / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

My pretty maid, or, Liane Lester / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

My pretty maid, or, Liane Lester / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418231]

Serapis / von George Ebers - Die Deutsche Library, v. 9, no. 169, January 19, 1885

Serapis / von George Ebers – Die Deutsche Library, v. 9, no. 169, January 19, 1885

Die Deutsche Library (volume covers plus 5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409564]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409573]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409631]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409665]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409695]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409793]


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eBook available: Frank Reade and His Steam Horse

Frank Reade and His Steam HorseIt is easy to imagine that the steampunk movement — science fiction featuring steam-powered inventions and a 19th-century style — is purely a modern invention, an exercise in “what if there had been a Victorian equivalent to today’s sci-fi genre?” However, early science fiction actually included much more than just the well-remembered works of literary figures like Jules Verne, and there really were a wealth of popular stories about steam-powered robots and other wild inventions before the turn of the 20th century. Many of these fictional creations were the products of boy inventor Frank Reade (or later, his son, Frank Reade, Jr.).

Our latest eBook release on Project Gutenberg, courtesy of Distributed Proofreaders, is an early Frank Reade adventure, Frank Reade and His Steam Horse, starring the senior inventor and written by Harry Enton before the series was taken over by the far more prolific Luis Senarens. As the title suggests, this adventure involves the creation of a steam-powered horse, which 16-year-old Reade takes to the west with some of his friends and relatives to stir up trouble.

This book is very much a product of its time and has some (likely unpleasant) surprises in store for the modern reader: plenty of racism and broad stereotypes, and a teenaged “hero” who sees no harm in casually slaughtering his foes en masse, as long as he’s reasonably sure they’re outlaws or Indians. It is not hard to see why Frank Reade has largely fallen off the cultural radar, but it is nonetheless interesting to study an early contributor to the science fiction genre, warts and all.

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


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Content Roundup – Last Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 31, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Ad, "Big Reduction in Prices, 1898 Model",  p. 8, The Hearthstone, June, 1898

Ad, “Big Reduction in Prices, 1898 Model”, p. 8, The Hearthstone, June, 1898

This week finds newly available more of the ongoing digitization of the Robert M. O’Reilly personal paper collection, and issues of the rare story paper “The Hearthstone”, along with a few other gems to brighten your reading day!

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

Letter, To: "Dear Siss" (Mary O'Reilly) From: Robert, November 6, 1864

Letter, To: “Dear Siss” (Mary O’Reilly) From: Robert, November 6, 1864

Robert M. O’Reilly (29 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Catholica

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408905]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Masthead, "The Hearthstone : a journal of choice literature, romance and entertaining information"

Masthead, “The Hearthstone : a journal of choice literature, romance and entertaining information”

The Hearthstone (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407793]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409101]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410623]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410633]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410643]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410653]

Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 5, March 1912

Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 5, March 1912

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:416963]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Award, bust of Thomas E. Cahill

Award, bust of Thomas E. Cahill

Award bust of Thomas E. Cahill
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418057]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Doodle, May 8, 2015

Doodle, May 8, 2015

Daily Doodles (2015: 3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:415994]

Arboreana

Kennedy Plaza (2015)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418079]

Art

St Augustine (2015 photographs)

St Augustine (2015 photographs)


(Relocated) Sculptures:
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418092]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418068]


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