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Content Roundup – Last Week – Ocotber 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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eBook available: Step Lively!

Hair-Raising Tales

Hair-Raising Tales

When we rediscovered century-old paper-covered books in our basement a couple of years ago, the collection included four volumes from Street & Smith’s Humor Library. We have previously converted three of these (Atchoo!, Jiglets and What’s Your Hurry?) into eBooks, and now the fourth and final title in our collection has also become available.

Like two of the three aforementioned volumes, Step Lively! was written by vaudevillian George Niblo and consists of a transcript of one of his comedy routines accompanied by cartoons. Like the other volumes, the humor here relies largely on puns and stereotypes and is unlikely to induce much laughter from a modern reader. Still, it provides further documentation of a once-popular entertainment form from an earlier time.

If you care to read the entire book, you can find it on Project Gutenberg for download or online reading. If for some reason you just can’t get enough George Niblo, you can find one more volume of the Humor Library on the Internet Archive, courtesy of Harvard University: There and Back; or, A Little Trip to Humorville.

 

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Available for proofreading: The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice

Dreadnought Boys on Battle PracticeA few months after the release of our previous Captain Wilbur Lawton eBook, The Ocean Wireless Boys on War Swept Seas, we have begun another Distributed Proofreaders project for a title by the pseudonymous author. The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice is the first of six volumes about adventures in the navy, released just a few years before the beginning of World War I.

To help bring this century-old adventure into the digital age, you can learn how the proofreading process works in this blog post, then proceed to the project page to begin work.

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And the new champion is….

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 17, 2014
  • Filed Under: Statistics

For many years the most frequently used item in the Digital Library had been the boxing title: Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries by Billy Edwards. This title published in Philadelphia by the Pugilistic Publishing Company gives an overview of the leading champions of the ring, circa 1894.

Title page, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Title page, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Dan Creedon, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

Dan Creedon, Portrait gallery of pugilists of America and their contemporaries.

However the scales have finally tipped, and a new “high-use” champion of the Digital Library has entered the ring and been crowned with over 2,500 independent views:
How to make magic toys : containing full directions for making magic toys and devices of many kinds by A. Anderson from 1902, part of the Ten Cent Handbook Series.

Front cover,  How to make magic toys.

Front cover,
How to make magic toys.

It cannot escape notice that the magic toys depicted on the cover are of robotic boxers or wrestlers! Does this signal a research shift away from the human to the mechanical arena? Only time will tell…

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Content Roundup – Third Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 17, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Letterhead, from: Letter, To: "Dear Parents" From: William C. White, February 3, 1862.

Letterhead, from: Letter, To: “Dear Parents” From: William C. White, February 3, 1862.

This weeks marks the completion of the important American Civil War William C. White letter collection. As well a number of other additions including a new title from noted Dime Novelist Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller add to the enjoyment of an Autumn reading.

American Catholic Historical Society

Letter, To: "Dear Father" From: William C. White, July 13, 1869.

Letter, To: “Dear Father” From: William C. White, July 13, 1869.

William C. White Letters (collection complete: 21 items including partial transcription added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:364084]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection


Fiction

Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365885]

Periodicals

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1160, January 6, 1917.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLV, no. 1160, January 6, 1917.

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360846]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Cover, Easter Issue, Ardmore Chronicle, 1914.

Cover, Easter Issue, Ardmore Chronicle, 1914.

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

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXII Index, Ledger (1 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365766]

Series LXIII Notes re: Estate and Genealogy of Barry, Austin and Keen Families.
(22 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365797]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

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

Rear cover, Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller.

Rear cover, Countess Vera; or, The oath of vengeance / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller.

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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Race

Motor Stories #5Hot on the heels of Motor Matt’s “Century” Run comes another issue of Motor Stories: Motor Matt’s Race; or, The Last Flight of the Comet. In this adventure, the series’ conflicted view of race is brought to the fore: the plot revolves around Matt’s part-Native American friend Tom Clipperton being wrongfully accused of a crime. He is unwilling to present evidence that could save him because it would further expose him to the community’s racism; he also takes a fatalistic view due to the all-white jury. At the same time, Tom himself readily uses slurs against other races, and the book itself portrays other Native Americans in as offensively stereotypical a way as it possibly could. All of this makes the book an interesting (and sometimes disconcerting) sociological study.

Following the main story, the book contains some filler material that further emphasizes that this is a product of a different time: an article about strange fish found near Cape Cod (including an obscure creature called the “horse-mackerel” or “tuna” that is sometimes eaten overseas) and an explanation of how fireflies generate light using vacuums and the ether.

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

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