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eBook available: Laurel Vane

Laurel VaneThe latest release from Distributed Proofreaders built from images in our Digital Library is another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel, Laurel Vane; or, The Girls’ Conspiracy. This is one of Mrs. Miller’s less over-the-top works, but that is not to say that it isn’t thoroughly melodramatic.

The Laurel Vane of the novel’s title is a young orphan whose life changes dramatically when she agrees to impersonate a wealthier girl in order to enable that girl’s elopement. In true story paper fashion, there’s a lot of angst and romance (and a bit of murder) before the tale is done.

The entire book may be read online (or downloaded in various electronic formats) at Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – May 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: May 29, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Clover selection, Street and Smith's New York Weekly : a journal of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, & c. , v. 34, no. 34, July 7, 1879

Clover selection, Street and Smith’s New York Weekly : a journal of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, & c. , v. 34, no. 34, July 7, 1879

A few new items this week including more Dime novels, more Irish music, and more newspapers! Enter June reading.

American Catholic Historical Society

Records of the American Catholic Historical Society

Plate, "Biographical Notes on Joseph O'Dwyer, M.D. A. D. 1841-1898. The Inventor of Intubation". Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XIV. Pages 391-422

Plate, “Biographical Notes on Joseph O’Dwyer, M.D. A. D. 1841-1898. The Inventor of Intubation”. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XIV. Pages 391-422

1903 (31 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405412]

1904 (36 articles added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405462]

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1918: 1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391201]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

A noble life / by Miss Mulock
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405159]

Periodicals

The flag of our Union, August 19, 1865
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404297]

New York Weekly July 7, 1879
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404315]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle (1918: 1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:394423]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Song and Ballad Workshop (9 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405411]


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Content Roundup – Week Four – May 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: May 22, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Photograph, A Panoramic View of Company in Formation of African American Troops at Parade Rest on Oswego's [N.Y.] Main Thoroughfare, [n.d.]

Photograph, A Panoramic View of Company in Formation of African American Troops at Parade Rest on Oswego’s [N.Y.] Main Thoroughfare, [n.d.]

This week finds cooler temperatures and a few new digital offerings. See especially another musical set from the Philadelphia Ceili Group “Another Fiddle Workshop” and a number of new Great War archival materials from the George James Moffitt Collection.

Catholica

Newspapers

p. [369], the Boys' and Girls' Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 47, Saturday, April 24, 1847

p. [369], the Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 47, Saturday, April 24, 1847

The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402544]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402554]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Boy Scouts at Sea
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404832]

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXI, no. 11, September 1909

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXI, no. 11, September 1909

Comfort (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402422]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402452]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402486]

New Rochelle paragraph, June 6, 1896. Soldiers’ supplement
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:403728]

Great War

Postcard, "How do you like my tin lizzy?," [n.d.]

Postcard, “How do you like my tin lizzy?,” [n.d.]

George James Moffitt Collection (26 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404029]

La Salle University

Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature

Plate 2, recto, Index picturarum chalcographicarum historiam Veteris ...

Plate 2, recto, Index picturarum chalcographicarum historiam Veteris …

Index picturarum chalcographicarum historiam Veteris et Novi Testamenti celeberrimorum artificum …
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:389374]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Another Fiddle Workshop (13 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398709]


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Available for proofreading: Custer’s Last Shot

Custer's Last ShotOur latest title to be made available to Distributed Proofreaders is Custer’s Last Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn, an adventure from Frank Tousey‘s Wide Awake Library. The dime novel tells the tale of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, an event that was still well within living memory at the time of the book’s 1883 publication. It was an early fictional representation of George Armstrong Custer, and far from the last.

If you would like to help make this historically interesting title more readily available in eBook formats, a few minutes of your time can make a difference. Please read this earlier post to learn how the process works, then join in the proofreading at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – May 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: May 15, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
p. 8 selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 52, no. 1345, July 30, 1892

p. 8 selection, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 52, no. 1345, July 30, 1892

As the month of May continues we present a few more treasures for your consideration. Noteworthy are more issues of the Illustrated Police News, the National Police Gazette, issues of historic local newspapers, and letters from World World Two veteran James D. Reap, Jr. to his family from the Pacific front.

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

Front cover, The Catholic Standard and Times, v. 21, no. 4, Saturday, December 4, 1915

Front cover, the Catholic Standard and Times, v. 21, no. 4, Saturday, December 4, 1915

The Catholic Standard and Times (1915: 14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388581]

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402524]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402534]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

p. 9 selection, "Danderine", Comfort, v. XXI, no. 10, August 1909

p. 9 selection, “Danderine”, Comfort, v. XXI, no. 10, August 1909

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402392]

p. 11, The New York Ledger, v. 53, no. 39, Saturday, October 2, 1897

p. 11, The New York Ledger, v. 53, no. 39, Saturday, October 2, 1897

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:403688]

The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:403578]

Front cover, The National Police Gazette, v. XLVII, no. 426, Saturday, November 14, 1885

Front cover, The National Police Gazette, v. XLVII, no. 426, Saturday, November 14, 1885

National Police Gazette (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:403710]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:403734]

Great War

Postcard, blank, "International Bridge across the Rio Grande between Brownsville Texas and Matamoros

Postcard, blank, “International Bridge across the Rio Grande between Brownsville Texas and Matamoros

George James Moffitt Collection (16 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:404029]

Pennsylvaniana

Front with photo, typescript, Letter, To: ["Jean"] From: "Your hub, Jim," [n.d.]

Front with photo, typescript, Letter, To: [“Jean”] From: “Your hub, Jim,” [n.d.]

James D. Reap, Jr. Collection (40 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399302]

[4] p., Printed Program, Boxing Match: "Smoker: U. S. S. John Land vs Passengers," October 20, 1945

[4] p., Printed Program, Boxing Match: “Smoker: U. S. S. John Land vs Passengers,” October 20, 1945


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Available for proofreading: More Stories of the Three Pigs

More Stories of the Three PigsThe latest title to enter the Distributed Proofreaders system is More Stories of the Three Pigs, a collection of follow-up stories to the well-known fable. This book comes from the Instructor Literature Series, a set of small booklets used for teaching elementary school students. Previously, we released an eBook of Stories of Robin Hood from this series.

If you are interested in helping to work on this project, you can read more about the process in this earlier post, and then you can join in the work at the project page.


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eBook available: The Curse of Pocahontas

The Curse of PocahontasOur latest eBook release from Distributed Proofreaders is The Curse of Pocahontas, a 19th century story paper melodrama published by pseudonymous author Wenona Gilman. The story’s heroine is a descendant of Pocahontas who also happens to be half-Mexican, and the titular curse allegedly dooms her chances at a happy love affair. In typical story paper fashion, her path to eventual happiness is blocked by murder and conspiracy, but the book is surprisingly kind to her in spite of telling a story essentially rooted in the typical racism and sexism of its era.

Social commentary aside, the book’s most interesting characteristic may be its willingness to directly reference contemporary popular fiction. Early in the book, two characters have a fairly detailed discussion about Ships that Pass in the Night, a novel by Beatrice Harraden. Later, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes plays a role in the story. Similar to the references to scientific and medical advances used in some of Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller‘s works, this helps to demonstrate that story paper authors made an effort to incorporate subjects of immediate interest to their readers into their tales.

To read the whole story for yourself, you can visit Project Gutenberg, where the entire book can be viewed online or downloaded in several eBook formats.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – May 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: May 7, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Leslie's loyalty

Front cover, Leslie’s loyalty

Just a few items added this week as the hush and calm of finals and the anticipation of spring fill the air. Of note: the third episode of the Mail Call podcast of Great War readings featuring vintage news and stories related to the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.

Catholica Collection

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (27 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]

Newspapers

Front cover, The Boys' and Girls' Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 45, Saturday, April 10, 1847

Front cover, The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 45, Saturday, April 10, 1847

The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398772]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Leslie’s loyalty / by Charles Garvice
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402836]

Periodicals

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:402366]

Great War

Mail Call Podcast (Episode 3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353234]

Pennsylvaniana

Front, Postcard, To: Mr. & Mrs. James Reap From: James D. Reap, Jr., April 23, 1944

Front, Postcard, To: Mr. & Mrs. James Reap From: James D. Reap, Jr., April 23, 1944

James D. Reap, Jr. Collection (11 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399302]


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Content Update – First Week – May 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: May 1, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[4], Photograph Album of No.2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RFC Greenhill, Sheffield

[4], Photograph Album of No.2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RFC Greenhill, Sheffield

As another semester comes to a close and classrooms empty, a few new treasures are available for your reading and browsing pleasure. Take “comfort” in new issues of the household newspaper “Comfort” and enjoy a Great War trip to the beach in a newly digitized photograph album documenting work on repairing one of the newest weapons of war the airplane!

Catholica

Plate, The Right Rev. P. Bourgade, D.D., Titular Bishop of Thaumacum and Vicar-Apostolic of Arizona

Plate, The Right Rev. P. Bourgade, D.D., Titular Bishop of Thaumacum and Vicar-Apostolic of Arizona

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (26 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]

Newspapers

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (11 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398772]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXI, no. 7, May 1909

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXI, no. 7, May 1909

Comfort (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:304358]

Great War

[6], Photograph Album of No.2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RFC Greenhill, Sheffield

[6], Photograph Album of No.2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RFC Greenhill, Sheffield

Photograph Album of No.2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RFC Greenhill, Sheffield
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:401886]

Pennsylvaniana

The First Civil War Hospital : the U.S. Army Hospital on Christian Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:401617]

Rear cover, The Philadelphia Italian market cookbook

Rear cover, The Philadelphia Italian market cookbook

The Philadelphia Italian market cookbook : the tastes of South 9th Street
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399995]


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eBook available: Countess Vera

Countess VeraFresh from Distributed Proofreaders comes another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel in eBook form: Countess Vera; or, The Oath of Vengeance, a tale first serialized in the New York Family Story Paper in October, 1882 and later published as part of Lovell’s Library. Like the earlier The Rose and the Lily, this melodramatic story is written entirely in the present tense, and like many of Mrs. Miller’s novels, it deals with themes of premature burial and revenge (in addition to the perhaps more expected romance).

The Lovell’s Library edition used as the basis for the new eBook also includes a short story called “The Mysterious Beauty,” dealing with the misadventures of an Englishman who travels overseas with a niece in order to improve his health. This “filler” story is almost certainly not written by Mrs. Miller and most likely was taken from some British periodical. However, at this time, an earlier source has not yet been identified.

The entire book may be read online or downloaded at Project Gutenberg.


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