FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY

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

Content Roundup – Fourth Week – June 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 26, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Selection, Plate 14, "The Augustinian College of Villa Nova", 1881

Selection, Plate 14, “The Augustinian College of Villa Nova”, 1881

This week we finish the digitization of the last of the available content from the Ardmore Chronicle newspaper including the remainder of 1910 and all of 1911. Also of note: a very early atlas of the Bryn Mawr region circa 1881 including an early view of campus, eleven new sets of Irish Traditional music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, and several new story paper issues!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409076]

Comfort, v. XXII, no. 11, September 1910

Comfort, v. XXII, no. 11, September 1910

Comfort (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405571]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405601]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405631]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405871]

Masthead, The Yankee blade, v. L, no. 2618, Saturday, May 3, 1890

Masthead, The Yankee blade, v. L, no. 2618, Saturday, May 3, 1890

Yankee Blade (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404792]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404802]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404812]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404822]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

[1] p., Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXII, No. 31 [32 sic], Saturday, May 13, 1911

[1] p., Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXII, No. 31 [32 sic], Saturday, May 13, 1911

Ardmore Chronicle

1910 (30 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408231]

1911 (52 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408894]

Pennsylvaniana

Atlas of Bryn Mawr and vicinity : or of properties along the Pennsylvania R.R. including 1 1/2 miles each side of the road and from City Line to Malvern Station
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409467]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

Irish Tradition (11 part workshop added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409429]


Like
1 People Like This Post

eBook available: Custer’s Last Shot

Custer's Last ShotToday’s Project Gutenberg eBook release, courtesy of Distributed Proofreaders and our Digital Library, is Custer’s Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn by Col. J. M. Travers (actually a pseudonym of St. George Rathborne). While the eBook edition is based on the Wide Awake Library reprint from 1883, the story was first serialized in Boys of New York starting on August 7, 1876, less than two months after the Battle of the Little Bighorn depicted in the tale, demonstrating just how quickly publishers were willing to exploit news of the day for sensational fiction.

Custer’s Last Shot weaves the story of the battle with that of a criminal conspiracy, and while historical figures are given a prominent role, the main protagonists are Pandy Ellis and Bolly Wherrit, aged but hard-fighting and apparently indestructible rangers (who also figure in other Rathborne tales), and the titular “Boy Trailer,” who seeks to rescue his kidnapped sister from a series of abductors.

The story is told in a conversational style, with frequent authorial tangents, and it combines historical detail with sensational invention, spiced with editorial opinions. One particularly astute observation is this critique of historians and journalists:

 We always find the affair termed a massacre when the Indians are victorious; but when the tables are turned it is “a splendid campaign,” “a hard-fought battle,” and “a glorious victory for the troops.”

Similar comments have been made by later authors for different reasons. While it would certainly have been interesting to find a dime novel of this nature expressing some sympathy toward Native Americans, that is not the case here; Rathborne (whose portrayal of “Indians” is uniformly demeaning) is instead suggesting that the word “massacre” is insulting to the fallen soldiers. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see the author attempting to stimulate the critical thinking of his action-hungry, juvenile audience.

This is not the only surprise to be found in the hastily-written and disposable, yet historically interesting, text. If you wish to discover more, the entire novel can be read online (or downloaded in eBook format) through Project Gutenberg.


Like

Content Roundup – Third Week – June 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 19, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Selection, [2] p., "H. F. Hitchler, Jeweler, Plymouth, Pa.",  Trade card scrapbook

Selection, [2] p., “H. F. Hitchler, Jeweler, Plymouth, Pa.”, Trade card scrapbook

A wide variety of digitized materials are newly available this week. Enjoy listening to the 11-part Wind Instrument Workshop from the Philadelphia Ceili Group! Read an issue of the Ardmore Chronicle newspaper from 1909 or one of the Irish Republic issues from 1868. Or consider getting lost in a scrapbook featuring trade cards – colorful 19th century business advertising – from Pennsylvania and other locals.

Catholica Collection

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (4 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The secret chart; or, Treasure hunting in Hayti / by Lieut. James K. Orton
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407502]


Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 5, March 1910

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 5, March 1910

Comfort (4 issues added):
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404425]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404467]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407803]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405541]

The Yankee blade (1 issue added: July 21, 1888)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404343]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Front cover, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XX, No. 29, Saturday, April 10, 1909

Front cover, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XX, No. 29, Saturday, April 10, 1909

1909 (52 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407176]

1910 (26 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408231]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

Front cover, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 50, April 11, 1868

Front cover, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 50, April 11, 1868

The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress (22 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:398433]

Papers

India News Service of the Friends of Freedom for India, v. 2, no. 11, Saturday August 28, 1920
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350592]

Ireland and Secession: an answer to Lloyd George / by Thomas H. Mahony with a forward by Justice Daniel F. Cohalan
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356760]

Pennsylvaniana

Selection, p. [41], "So near and yet so far".

Selection, p. [41], “So close and yet so far”.

Trade card scrapbook, 1883
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407021]

The Philadelphia Italian market also known as “the South 9th Street Curb Market”: a business history based on primary sources / by Celeste A. Morello
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402137]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Wind Instrument Workshop (11 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:408731]

p. [59], Trade Card Scrapbook

p. [59], Trade Card Scrapbook


Like

Waterloo 200

Today, on the 200th anniversary of the epic Battle of Waterloo it is appropriate to show some of the Villanova University Special Collections holdings related to Napoleon. Most materials in Special Collection are from the Joseph McGarrity collection and include rare books and newspapers, and facsimile collections of materials as well a manuscript letter to the Emperor Napoleon himself from Herni Clarke, digitized and available in the Digital Library. McGarrity himself annotated and collected materials on Bonaparte. These and other works on the Napoleonic Wars and Revolutionary France are available for consultation in the Rare Book Room.


Like

Available for proofreading: Leslie’s Loyalty

Leslie's LoyaltyOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another romance by prolific British author Charles Garvice, entitled Leslie’s Loyalty. This is our third Garvice project, following Wild Margaret (which was released last year) and The Spider and the Fly (which is still in the final stages of processing but will likely be completed soon).

If you want to help create a new electronic edition of this vintage novel, please read this earlier blog post to learn how the process works, then join in the proofreading at the project page.


Like

eBook available: Motor Matt’s Submarine

Motor Matt's SubmarineThe fifteenth issue of Motor Stories has just been released to Project Gutenberg thanks to the work of Distributed Proofreaders volunteers using images from our Digital Library.

Motor Matt’s Submarine; or, The Strange Cruise of the Grampus takes the series in a new direction, focusing on adventures at sea since Motor Matt’s air ship was destroyed in the previous adventure. As usual, there is plenty of action, with Matt and his friends facing such threats as sudden squalls and sea battles.

As usual for the series, there is also a filler story unrelated to the main adventure; in this case, it’s “The Chicken-hearted Tenderfoot,” a brief Western adventure which may have been reprinted from the British story paper Chums, though it is possible that this is an entirely different story that happens to share its title with the British tale.

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


Like

Content Roundup – Second Week – June 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 12, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Selection page [4]. "Type XIV. Roadster, 30 Horse Power, $2,750": The Autocar

Selection page [4]. “Type XIV. Roadster, 30 Horse Power, $2,750″: The Autocar

This update brings a number of newly digitized materials to your attention. The final 28 parts of the Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church finish off the digitization of that important resource. Two photograph albums – one covering the cross-country road trip of 3 your Pennsylvania men during the summer of 1924 and another depicting the reunion trip of a group of World War I veterans back to the battlefields of Europe a year after the war concluded, were added this week. Of significance also is the creation of the Autocar collection of materials covering the Ardmore automotive company. In addition a few new story paper issues and two complete Philadelphia Ceili Group music workshops conclude this set of offerings!

Americana

Selection, [1], "Sunday June 22, 1924 - Ready to start - Mon. A.M."

Selection, [1], “Sunday June 22, 1924 – Ready to start – Mon. A.M.”

Photograph album documenting a road trip across America in 1924
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406578]

Catholica

Plate, The Right Rev. Winand M. Wigger, D.D., Bishop of Newark, N.J.

Plate, The Right Rev. Winand M. Wigger, D.D., Bishop of Newark, N.J.

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (28 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]

Newspapers

The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (volume index)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405736]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The senator’s favorite / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406113]

Periodicals

Boston evening transcript (1 issue added: June 21, 1864)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404291]

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 3, January 1910

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 3, January 1910

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404387]

Great War

Front cover, Photograph album of reunion trip taken by a group of World War I veterans

Front cover, Photograph album of reunion trip taken by a group of World War I veterans

Photograph album of reunion trip taken by a group of World War I veterans calling themselves “The Remnants” to France, Belgium, and Germany in 1919
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406791]


Pennsylvaniana

The story of an Autocar defeating the bad road conditions of the South

The story of an Autocar defeating the bad road conditions of the South

Autocar Collection (collection created and 5 titles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:406574]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Free Reed Workshop (6 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405866]

Plectrum Workshop (10 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406564]

Page 28, "Express and Hauling": The Autocar motor delivery cars / the Autocar Company

Page 28, “Express and Hauling”: The Autocar motor delivery cars / the Autocar Company


Like

Recuerdos de Filipinas — Memories of the Philippines

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: June 10, 2015
  • Filed Under: World
Title page of Recuerdos de Filipinas by Felix Laureano.

Title page of Recuerdos de Filipinas by Felix Laureano.

We recently digitized Recuerdos de Filipinas : album-libro : util para el estudio y conocimiento de los usos y costumbres de aquellas islas con treinta y siete fototipias tomadas y copiadas del natural (Memories of the Philippines : album-book : a tool for the study & understanding of the ways & customs of these islands with 37 phototypes taken & copied from real life) by Félix Laureano. This album was published in Barcelona in 1895, depicting in photographs and essays the daily life and customs of the people and landscapes of the Philippines, at that time a colony of the Spanish Empire. The book was recently translated into English and edited by Felice Noelle Rodriguez (Anvil Publishing, 2014), so it continues to provide interesting insight into the late-19th-century colonial days of rural Filipino life.

Una calzada. A carriageway between towns.

Una calzada. A carriageway between towns.

Laureano was one of the first photographers of Filipino birth. It should be noted, however, that although Laureano was born in the Philippines, it is not known whether he was criollo (of Spanish descent) or mestizo (of mixed heritage). There are no known photographs of Laureano himself.

Despite the title “Memories of the Philippines,” Laureano’s photographs and essays focused primarily on the Iloilo region of the island of Panay in the Philippine archipelago. This was the area where Laureano was born. In contrast, most other contemporary photographers focused on the capital city of Manila on the island of Luzon.

Laureano moved to Barcelona to publish his album-book, where he also established a commercial photography studio called Gran Fotografía Colón.

This was one of the first published books of photographs of the Philippines. Although Laureano claims that the photographs are “natural,” the photography process at the time meant that portraits had to be at least minimally staged.

Photograph. Tiangui o feria. A town fair.

Tiangui o feria. A town fair.

Another unique aspect of this book was the essays that Laureano wrote to accompany his photographs. These essays display an intimate knowledge of the countryside and customs of his subjects, including the use of local vernacular interspersed with the Spanish text. One example is the section “Tiangui ó féria,” on page 21, which describes town fairs: “Entre los pueblos importantes del Archipiélago se suelan siempre celebrar un día la semana, ferias ó tiangui, como en los dialectos filipinos se dice.” (Among the important towns of the Archipelago they usually celebrate one day a week, fairs or tiangui, as they say in the Filipino dialects.)

It should be noted that although Laureano clearly loved his native island, he also demonstrates biases against the indios (indigenous people) and the Chinese, as well as exoticizing some of the women.

It is also important to note the historical context of this album-book. The book was published just over a year before the Philippine Revolution, which began in August 1896, so it seems likely that the islands were not quite as peaceful and content as Laureano depicted. The Philippine Revolution resulted in the withdrawal of the Spanish colonial government, although “possession” of the island was then transferred to the United States. The Philippines finally gained independence in 1946.

Although the title page calls this “volumen primero” (first volume) and there is an advertisement for a second volume in the back of the book, there is no evidence that a second volume was ever published. In addition, our particular copy is missing pages 107-108 and may be missing a prologue as well.

Photograph. Vista de la Catedral de Jaro. View of the Cathedral of Jaro, with an Eiffel Tower reproduction made out of bamboo canes.

Vista de la Catedral de Jaro. View of the Cathedral of Jaro, with an Eiffel Tower reproduction made out of bamboo canes.

Further reading:

Guardiola, Juan. El imaginario colonial: Fotografía en Filipinas durante el periodo español, 1860-1898. Madrid: Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior, 2006. (This is an exhibition catalog in Spanish. Laureano is discussed in the section spanning pages 77-83, which also includes some of his other photographs. There is an English version of the text appended at the end of the catalog; Laureano is found on pages 217-218.)

La ilustración artística. 2 Feb. 1897. Hemeroteca Digital, Biblioteca Nacional de España. (This magazine issue contains some of Laureano’s other photographs on page 5.)


Like

eBook available: More Stories of the Three Pigs

More Stories of the Three PigsOur latest completed project from Distributed Proofreaders is the second to come from the Instructor Literature Series, following Stories of Robin Hood. This title, More Stories of the Three Pigs, is aimed at a fairly young audience. The title is slightly misleading, as readers familiar with the original story will recall that two of the three original pigs were devoured by the Big Bad Wolf. This book resolves that problem by giving Mother Grunty (the original survivor) a pair of children.

While this story fully acknowledges the darker elements of the original tale (including the detail that Mother Grunty killed and ate the Big Bad Wolf at the end of it), it consists primarily of quiet stories about childhood activities (and mischief), creating a somewhat incongruous whole.

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


Like

Content Roundup – First Week – June 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 5, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVII, no. 16, Saturday, April 17, 1909

This week finds a number of resources newly available including more of the Falvey Daily Doodles (for more on Joanne’s work, see:The Falvey Whiteboard Artist), more Story Paper issues, and more Great War content! And of special note in the World Collection is the additional of an early Photograph Album depicting daily life in the Philippine countryside.

Americana

Carte-de-vista, Young woman in dress, [1900’s]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369489]

Catholica

Newspaper

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (front matter)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405690]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405666]

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 2, December 1909

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 2, December 1909

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404353]

Front cover, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 15, April 13, 1872

Front cover, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 15, April 13, 1872

Home Circle (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405481]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405491]

Great War

Front, Postcard, U.S. Army Soldiers Completed Monthly Inspection, Brownsville, [April 30, 1916]

Front, Postcard, U.S. Army Soldiers Completed Monthly Inspection, Brownsville, [April 30, 1916]

George James Moffitt Collection (9 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404029]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Front cover, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 38, January 18, 1868

Front cover, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 38, January 18, 1868

The Irish Republic (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398433]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles

2011 (1 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:179660]

Doodle: "February 15, 2012"

Doodle: “February 15, 2012″

2012 (22 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405865]

World

Plate (verso), Recuerdos de Filipinas : album-libro

Plate (verso), Recuerdos de Filipinas : album-libro

Recuerdos de Filipinas … / por D. Felix Laureano
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395103]


Like
Next Page »

 


Last Modified: June 5, 2015