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Content Roundup – Last Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Cover illustration,     Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1022, May 16, 1914.

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1022, May 16, 1914.

A few new items to finish out your September!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Happy Days (2 issues added)

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1021, May 9, 1914.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1021, May 9, 1914.

[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360864]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360882]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

 Receipt, To: John Britton From: Job Somers, June 17, 1777.


Receipt, To: John Britton From: Job Somers, June 17, 1777.

Series LXI. Financial Papers (1 item added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361953]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 26, Thursday, January 27, 1916.

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 26, Thursday, January 27, 1916.

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (1916: 7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses (1965: 29 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]

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eBook available: Little Nobody (our 50th release!)

"Little Nobody"

“Little Nobody”

Today marks the release of the 50th Project Gutenberg eBook drawn from our digital collections. The previous 49 titles are listed here.

The title which brings us to this milestone is Little Nobody, another story paper melodrama from the pen of Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller. This novel follows the adventures of Eliot Van Zandt, a Boston newspaper reporter visiting New Orleans. This being a Mrs. Miller novel, those adventures include a fair amount of romance and mayhem.

While many Mrs. Miller novels have held up surprisingly well for the modern reader, this one features a crucial plot twist built around a fundamentally racist premise, a fact which rather diminishes the pleasure of reading it. Still, there is some value in documenting the bad along with the good — seeing the way certain ideas of race were ingrained into popular culture at a time when the Civil War was still within living memory provides an interesting historical perspective and sheds light on what were likely common social attitudes of the time.

To see the story for yourself, you can read it online at Project Gutenberg, where it can also be downloaded in the some of the most popular electronic formats.

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Content Update – Third Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 19, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

With a software upgrade underway this week, we see just a few new items added to the table for your fall feast: Read, Listen and Enjoy!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357323]

Scholarship

Edward T. LeBlanc Bibliography of Story Papers, Dime Novels, and Librarie (Binder 8 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360842]


Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (1916: 21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Passing the Time in Ballymenone”, April 27, 1979 (3 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:361098?recordID=vudl%3A361099]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Various (22 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:206082]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses – 1964 (38 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360226]

Page 6, The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

Page 6, The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

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Now in proofreading: The Scientific Tourist through Ireland

The Scientific Tourist through IrelandAnother Distributed Proofreaders project using images from Villanova’s Digital Library has just opened up. The Scientific Tourist through Ireland is an 1818 travel guide discussing “antiquity, art, science, and the picturesque” in Ireland, “arranged by counties.” In addition to all of this information, the book also includes several maps and plates.

If you’re interested in seeing what travelers were interested in nearly two centuries ago, please join us in preserving this vintage book as a new electronic edition. First, read our earlier blog post about how the proofreading process works, then dive in at the project page.

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Content Roundup – Second Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 12, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Red cross girls in the British trenches

The Red cross girls in the British trenches

This week brings to your attention a number of new and interesting titles including:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

[4], p. Cinderella.

[4], p. Cinderella.

Cinderella
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359648]

The Red cross girls in the British trenches / by Margaret Vandercook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359887]

Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357246]

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358153]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (collection created, 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Irish in Philadelphia”, 1979
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360677]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1963 (21 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359566]

1964 (10 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360226]

World

Riedl vorm. Dreschler, Man with large mustache.

Riedl vorm. Dreschler, Man with large mustache.

German Carte-de-visites (8 photographs added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:352819]

Otto Böhm, Standing woman.

Otto Böhm, Standing woman.

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Now in proofreading: Sybil Chase

Sybil ChaseOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another early Beadle’s Dime Novel written by Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, who also happens to be the author of the very first book in the series, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter. This title, Sybil Chase; or, The Valley Ranche, is a self-described “tale of California life,” first published in 1861.

If you are interested in helping create a modern electronic edition of this vintage book, first read our earlier post about the proofreading system, then proceed to the project page.

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Content Roundup – First Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 5, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[1] p. detail, The People's Home Journal, v. XI, no. 11, November 1896.

[1] p. detail, The People’s Home Journal, v. XI, no. 11, November 1896.

This week finds September starting and a few new title to browse, including two story papers issues, more Villanova Graduate Theses, and a few other treasures:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Boy volunteers on the Belgian front / by Kenneth Ward
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358973]


Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357228]

People’s Home Journal (1 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359167]

Pennsylvaniana

[2] p., H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation

[2] p., H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation

H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation / James Arnold
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355427]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1962 (23 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359197]

1963 (34 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359566]


World

Photograph, Standing German Officer, [n.d].

Photograph, Standing German Officer, [n.d].

German Carte-de-visites (collection created and 1 photograph added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:352819]

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Content Roundup – Last Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 29, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover,  Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 4, January 22, 1916.

Front cover,
Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 4, January 22, 1916.

A variety of newly available materials are presented for your reading and listening pleasure. Included in this end of August trove are: issues of the local newspaper from 1913-1915: the Ardmore Chronicle; new story paper issues; audio files from the Philadelphia Ceili Group; new Villanova Masters Theses; and a host of rare pamphlets.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357430]

Comfort (1 partial issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357396]

Happy Days (1 issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357210]

Happy Hours (1 partial issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357348]

Flora, Fauna, and the Human Form

“The Truth about Vivisection” : a reply to an article by Ernest Harold Baynes
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356796]

Great War

Might vs. Right : an appeal for fair play / by Emma C. Bergdoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356704]

War Camp Community Service, a retrospect
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356722]

The Crime of the Congo and the German atrocities : a study of thrills and horrors with an appendix
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356674]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Front cover,  Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXV, No. 12, Saturday, December 20, 1913.

Front cover,
Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXV, No. 12, Saturday, December 20, 1913.

1913 (24 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357842]

1914 (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]

1915 (11 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358337]

Pennsylvaniana

Philadelphia Physicians Actually in Military Service
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357489]

In memoriam : Henry Houck, Pennsylvania’s beloved educator, 1836-1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355457]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Ambient Recording of a Ceili), 1979 (3 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359447]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1961 (36 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358972]

1962 (33 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359197]

World Collection

Intercourse Between Bolshevism and Sinn Fein / presented to Parliment by Command of his Majesty
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358236]

p. 2, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVI, No. 25, Saturday, March 27, 1915.

p. 2, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVI, No. 25, Saturday, March 27, 1915.

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eBook available: On an Irish Jaunting-car

On an Irish Jaunting-carOur latest completed Distributed Proofreaders project is Samuel G. Bayne’s On an Irish Jaunting-car through Donegal and Connemara, the author’s commentary on a trip to explore a variety of scenic and historic sites in Ireland.

The book is rather peculiar, mixing stretches historical summary and topographical description with personal observations and anecdotes. Neither the terrain nor the author’s journey is given enough detail to make this feel like either a travel narrative or a travel guide; instead, it reads more like a lightly edited personal notebook.

While it doesn’t exactly provide a satisfying whole, the book does contain a variety of unusual little episodes, such as this description (accompanied by a photo) of transporting livestock by curragh:

We had a drove of pigs on board, and their feet were tied together with ropes, the four in a bunch, and the animals piled up in the curraghs till the boats would hold no more; then they were taken near the shore, liberated, and allowed to swim to land themselves. Their squealing and grunting was like an untrained Wagnerian band. There was a cow on board, and she was pushed from the gangway by main strength, plunging headlong into the waves; there was a short pause, when she reappeared, swam ashore, shook herself, and unconcernedly began eating grass, none the worse for her bath.

Swimming Cow

The rest of the book, which includes many further photographs, can be viewed online or downloaded in a variety of popular electronic formats at Project Gutenberg.

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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 22, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup

This week brings the exciting conclusion to the reading of the dime novel, The Bride of the Tomb. Soon a complete edition of this 40 chapter spellbinder will be available for your listening pleasure. Take a moment as you listen to Bride, to review some of our other new offerings including issues of the 1915 Ardmore Chronicle and other choice offerings!


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357192]

X-Ray Stove Polish Ad,     The People's Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 1, January 1906.

X-Ray Stove Polish Ad, The People’s Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 1, January 1906.

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358195]

The Spare Change Library Podcast

Bride of the Tomb, last 2 chapters (39-40)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:286583]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVI, No. 13, Saturday January 2, 1915.

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVI, No. 13, Saturday January 2, 1915.

1915 (13 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358337]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Celtic Epic Poems, Heroic Cycles”, 1979.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358840]

“Forms of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance”, 1979.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358225]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1959 (18 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358392]

1960 (29 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358755]

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