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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Peril

Motor Matt's PerilIn our latest Distributed Proofreaders release, the Motor Stories saga continues with its twelfth adventure: Motor Matt’s Peril; or, Cast Away in the Bahamas. In this adventure, Motor Matt and his friends run an air ship show in Atlantic City but soon find themselves sidetracked by an adventure involving a treasure map and a submarine. The volume is rounded out with a handful of brief, randomly selected non-fiction pieces covering such topics as hunting, gum collecting and willow farming.

The entire book can be read online or downloaded in electronic formats through Project Gutenberg. Images of the original source material can also be viewed in our Digital Library.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – February 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 27, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 522, October 28, 1876

Front cover, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 522, October 28, 1876

This week brings both Spring Break and newly digitized rare content! Enjoy the many new offering including two new Great War photo albums, many rare newspaper issues, new stereograms, a host of new dime novel and story paper issues, and a rare volume of bible illustrations from our Digital Partner La Salle University. So when you are beach side in warmer climes, take a moment to relax and read!


Americana

Stereogram, "Katrina's Lake and Island, Scotland", 1893.

Stereogram, “Katrina’s Lake and Island, Scotland”, 1893.

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

Catholica

The Catholic Standard and Times

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

1918 (10 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391201]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Front cover, A taxicab tangle; or, The mission of the Motor Boys.

Front cover, A taxicab tangle; or, The mission of the Motor Boys.

Brave and Bold (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388349]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388387]

The Dreadnought Boys in Home Waters by Captain Wilbur Lawton
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390361]

Periodicals

Page 9, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 14, no. 357, August 28, 1873

Page 9, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 14, no. 357, August 28, 1873

The Illustrated Police News, Law Courts and Weekly Record (10 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386627]

Albany Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381043]

The Albany Evening Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381683]

The Argus (1 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381673]

Farm and Home (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381699]

Front cover, Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner, v. XXVI, no. 669, March 23, 1878

Front cover, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XXVI, no. 669, March 23, 1878

Chimney Corner (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386668]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386686]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386704]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386722]

Youth’s Companion (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383741]

Front cover, Wide Awake Library, Ikey; or, He never got left .

Front cover, Wide Awake Library, Ikey; or, He never got left .

Wide Awake Library (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388425]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388443]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390259]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388583]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388617]

Great War

Page 5, recto, Lina and Milda Dshkalis photograph album

Page 5, recto, Lina and Milda Dshkalis photograph album

Lina and Milda Dshkalis photograph album
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391116]

Page 9, recto, Photographic Album of Beatrice Mae Correia, 1917-1918

Page 9, recto, Photographic Album of Beatrice Mae Correia, 1917-1918

Photographic Album of Beatrice Mae Correia, 1917-1918
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391170]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Cover story, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVIII, No. 44, Saturday, August 4, 1917

Cover story, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVIII, No. 44, Saturday, August 4, 1917

Ardmore Chronicle (1917: 21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387825]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Uncollected Papers (3 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387826]


La Salle University

Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature

[116, unfolded leaf, recto],  Bible illustrations : early 18th century engravings.

[116, unfolded leaf, recto], Bible illustrations : early 18th century engravings.

Bible illustrations : early 18th century engravings
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:389683]

Front cover, A hoodoo machine; or, The Motor Boys' runabout no. 1313

Front cover, A hoodoo machine; or, The Motor Boys’ runabout no. 1313


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Content Roundup – Third Week – February 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 20, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover illustration, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 26, no. 656, May 24, 1879

Front cover illustration, selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 26, no. 656, May 24, 1879

This week finds newly available a number of new newspaper issues, dime novels, and Digital Partner materials. See crime stories ripped from the headlines of yesteryear in the fantastic Illustrated Police News! Read about the ongoing war in Europe in both the Ardmore Chronicle and the Catholic Standard and Times! Consider cooking a Mince-Meat Pie! Stay warm in the February Freeze and watch out for hat stealing monkeys! Until next week …

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1915: 7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388581]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

The young train dispatcher / by Burton E. Stevenson
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:389005]

The mystery of Cleverly : a story for boys / by George Barton
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388654]

Paratextual Materials

Agent button, for Saturday Blade and Chicago Ledger newspapers
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:389673]

Periodicals

Front cover, Grit (Story Section), no. 19, Story Section no. 1212, April 7, 1918

Front cover, Grit (Story Section), no. 19, Story Section no. 1212, April 7, 1918

Grit (collection created, 2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390154]

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. XXXII, no. 821, Saturday, October 24, 1903

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. XXXII, no. 821, Saturday, October 24, 1903

Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:289367]

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 54, no. 1382, April 15, 1893

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 54, no. 1382, April 15, 1893

The Illustrated Police News, Law Courts and Weekly Record (14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386627]

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 764, June 5, 1909

Front cover, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXX, no. 764, June 5, 1909

Happy Days (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381486]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381504]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381522]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383662]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383680]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383850]

Youth’s Companion (10 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383500]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383522]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383543]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383484]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383564]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383578]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383596]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383611]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383701]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383723]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390155]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

1915 (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358337]

1917 (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387825]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association


Journals, Newspapers, and Yearbooks

Purple & Gold (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:207468]

The Catholic High School Journal

p. [1], The Catholic High School Journal, v. X, no. 3, November 1900

p. [1], The Catholic High School Journal, v. X, no. 3, November 1900

Volume IX 1900 (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387118]

Volume X 1900 (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390152]

Volume XI 1901 (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:390153]

page 607, The Youth's companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 92, no. 46, November 14, 1918

page 607, The Youth’s companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 92, no. 46, November 14, 1918


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Now in proofreading: Laurel Vane

Laurel VaneAnother Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel from our collection is available for proofreading on the Distributed Proofreaders site. Laurel Vane; or, The Girls’ Conspiracy was first serialized in the Fireside Companion during 1883 and was later reprinted in book form. The author apparently enjoyed this novel enough to make reference to it in one of her later works; in Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl, some of the characters stage a play based on Laurel Vane.

You can learn more about the proofreading process from this earlier post; when you are ready to join in, you can help with the work at the project page.


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New Ceili Group Collection: Uilleann Pipes Workshop

The uilleann pipes are an incredible piece of Irish heritage. This unique wind instrument, a close cousin of the Scottish bagpipes but powered by a bellows rather than the breath, makes a distinctive and awesome sound that to many is the essence of Irish music. The uilleann pipes also have colored the fabric of Irish-American cultural history, as the modern pipes were developed here in southeast PA in the late nineteenth century by Irish immigrants the Taylor brothers. pipes

The Philadelphia Ceili Group archive contains some incredible recordings of modern-day pipers explaining the history, technique and construction of the instrument and playing traditional piping tunes. Check out expert pipers Tim Britton and Al Purcell as they entertain and educate in this new digital library collection:

Uilleann Pipes Workshop, recorded live in Philadelphia at the 1979 Philadelphia Ceili Group Music and Dance Festival.

Enjoy!


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Daring Rescue

Motor Matt's Daring RescueThe eleventh adventure from the Motor Stories series is available on Project Gutenberg today thanks to the efforts of the Distributed Proofreaders project and images provided by our Digital Library.

In Motor Matt’s Daring Rescue; or, The Strange Case of Helen Brady, Helen Brady has disappeared, and Motor Matt needs to join forces with an unlikely ally to help restore her freedom. The issue is filled out with “A Fall to Fortune,” a highly improbable tale of a balloon demonstration gone wrong (and then right).

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


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Content Roundup – Second Week – February 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 13, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 11, no. 569, July 10, 1886

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 11, no. 569, July 10, 1886

This week finds a number of significant new titles added to the online offerings, including six issues of the very rare story paper “the Boys of New York”, more issues of the “Catholic Standard and Times”, more issues of the “Ardmore Chronicle”, additional uncollected personal papers from the Joseph McGarrity Papers collection, and a host of other treasures! Sit back, read, and stay warm!

Catholica

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times

1913 (19 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376835]

1914 (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368816]

Dime novel and Popular Literature Collection

Fiction

The Boy Allies with the Flying Squadron
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385779]

Two American boys with the Dardanelles battle fleet
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386047]

Paratextual Materials

Trade card, from Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner

Trade card, from Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner

Trade card featuring a girl feeding salami to a dog and cat, from Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387022]

Enclosure, J. S. Oglivie Publishing Company
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387026]

Periodicals

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 13, no. 633, October 1, 1887

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 13, no. 633, October 1, 1887

Boys of New York (6 issues added, collection created)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387487]

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. VII, no. 168, Saturday April 18, 1891

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. VII, no. 168, Saturday April 18, 1891

Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:289367]

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387469]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVIII, No. 21, Saturday, February 24, 1917

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVIII, No. 21, Saturday, February 24, 1917

1916 (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366658]

1917 (3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387825]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

Ireland’s appeal to America 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387803]

Personal Papers

Letter, To: "All ranks in the Army" From: Liam Lynch, February 9, 1923.

Letter, To: “All ranks in the Army” From: Liam Lynch, February 9, 1923.

Uncollected Joseph McGarrity Papers (collection created and 3 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387826]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Journals, Newspapers, and Yearbooks

The Catholic High School Journal

Front cover, The Catholic High School Journal, v. V, no. 3, November 1896

Front cover, The Catholic High School Journal, v. V, no. 3, November 1896

1896 Volume IV (6 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:371327]

1896 Volume V (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:385093]

1897 Volume VI (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385138]

1897-1898 Volume VII (10 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385238]

Letter, To: Joseph McGarrity From: Eamon De Valera, April 6, 1921

Letter, To: Joseph McGarrity From: Eamon De Valera, April 6, 1921


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eBook available: Averil

AverilToday’s eBook release, Averil by Rosa Nouchette Carey, is one of countless British novels that reached American audiences through inexpensive (and frequently unauthorized) paper-covered editions. The text of the new electronic edition comes from one such series of reprints, F. M. Lupton’s Arm Chair Library.

While these cheap editions often resemble their contemporaries, the dime novels, their content is often less sensational. That is certainly the case for Averil, which, despite a few dramatic incidents, is primarily a quiet tale about a sickly, spiritual woman who tries to befriend an orphaned cousin and aid the poor while being taken advantage of by selfish relatives.

The entire text of the book may now be read online (or downloaded in common electronic formats) through Project Gutenberg.


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Trench Art

Posted for Alison Dolbier, Digital Library Intern Spring 2015

War is “months of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.” (Letter to the London Times, November 1914) How do thousands of young men, with little to entertain them, break up the tedium? During the Great War, the extreme monotony of trench warfare combined with a relatively new and plentiful source of material, in the form of brass cartridges, led to a boom in creativity. Soldiers produced prodigious amounts of art by carving bones, melting aluminum and casting it in the mud, or pounding out items from expended brass. A Canadian soldier crafted an entire tea set for his mother from shell casings.

Trench art includes items made from found objects by soldiers, sailors, POWs, and civilians at the front, behind the lines, in hospitals, or at home. The term originated with World War I, but armed forces throughout history have created art. Any surface was liable to be decorated. The paintings on airplane fuselages are a very visible and popular form of art from World War II. Currently on exhibit on the first floor of Falvey Library is an embellished World War II duffel bag from our Reap collection.

As seen in National Geographic, soldiers in World War I created amazing graffiti in the caves, quarries, and wine cellars of France and Belgium. No simple “Kilroy was here,” these carvings were elaborate and painstakingly carved symbols, relief sculptures, and memorials.

A trench art mess gong fashioned from three different sized cartridges ornaments Villanova’s Special Collections library.
Two large caliber shells support a casing gong with a striker, made from a 30.06 cartridge, resting alongside. It is labeled for use in the “Sergeant’s Mess,”

indicating that it was most likely created by British or Commonwealth troops for the non-commissioned officer’s dining facilities. American troops traditionally had only an officers’ and an enlisted men’s mess.

Beyond art’s function as record or monument, we do not normally link it with war. Yet, like diaries, letters home, or scrapbooks, art can be an expression of memory, history, and collective experience. As such, it is an important part of the war record and a valuable connection. Trench art provided, and continues to provide, an escape from ennui, an outlet for emotion, and mental exercise for soldiers under extreme conditions and far from home.


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Letters from the Past

Posted for Marjorie L. Haines, Digital Library Intern, Spring 2015

Transcribing historical letters has been one of the most fascinating and enjoyable tasks required in my work with special collections. It generally requires reading personal correspondences from the past and diving into the history of the authors. Imagine a librarian, 100 years from now, reading your descriptive emails home to your parents, your embarrassing facebook messages to your friends, or even those angry texts sent to an ex-lover. What sort of telling anecdotes could be gleaned from your supposedly private conversations?

My first assigned letters to read at Villanova University were those sent from Eleanor M.S. Thackara (“Ellie”) to her father, William T. Sherman [http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35563; http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35568; http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35578]. In her correspondence, Ellie updates her Papa on such events as her recent visit to her mother and the welfare of her own baby. Most prominently seen in this trio of letters, however, are Eleanor and her husband’s plans to move to a new house. It is a costly venture….for which Ellie requests her father’s funding. The manipulation incorporated into these letters strongly reminisces of a child’s request for money from their parents in the modern age. Ellie begins her letters with expressions of adoration for the new residence, which she claims to be both aesthetic and practical in location; she convinces her father that this place is the best option, and what father would not want the best for his daughter? Next, she laments the costs involved with the move and references an offer of financial aid previously made by her father. She does not merely suggest he uphold his promise, but very considerately acknowledges that he may not have the funds or desire to assist in the manner which she proposes. Of course this thoughtfulness would inspire likewise kindness. After receiving confirmation of her father’s agreement to send funds, Ellie requests further finances, by describing her concern that she will have to sell some of her Government Bonds in order to furnish the new home. William must have felt compelled to take care of his darling daughter, based on her response. When it comes to heartfelt thanks, Eleanor excels in expressing herself.

“You will just fix us nicely by sending the surplus check each month. Many thanks. What would we do without our father & friends especially the former.” (Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back.)

It seems some interactions transcend time.

Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back

Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back


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