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Content Roundup – First Week – February 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 6, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Cover story, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVII, No. 48, Saturday, September 2, 1916.

Cover story, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVII, No. 48, Saturday, September 2, 1916.

More progress on digitization of the Ardmore Chronicle! More Story Paper issues! More Dime Novels! More Partner Content! Rare “Police News” issues from the 19th century! And more Irish music! What else to do but read on a cold mid-winter weekend!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

The prince of the House of David / by Rev. J. H. Ingraham
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382251]

A Double Story / by George MacDonald
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386505]

Periodicals

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 533, January 13, 1877.

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 533, January 13, 1877.

The Illustrated Police News, Law Courts and Weekly Record (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386627]

Front cover, Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 647, October 20, 1877.

Front cover, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 647, October 20, 1877.

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:331828]

Front cvoer, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 21, May 25, 1872.

Front cvoer, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 21, May 25, 1872.

Happy Days (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381414]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381432]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381450]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381468]

Masthead, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 21, May 25, 1872.

Masthead, Home Circle, v. IV, no. 21, May 25, 1872.

Home Circle (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384793]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle (1916: 15 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366658]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Journals, Newspapers, and Yearbooks

The Catholic High School Journal

Volume VIII 1898-1899 (7 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:384794]

Volume IX 1899-1900 (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387118]

Purple and Gold, v. IV, no. 1, Junior Issue, October, 1936.

Purple and Gold, v. IV, no. 1, Junior Issue, October, 1936.

Purple and Gold (9 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:207468]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Uilleann Pipes Workshop
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386628]

Cover selection, the illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 44, no. 1217, February 15, 1890.

Cover selection, the illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 44, no. 1217, February 15, 1890.


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Available for proofreading: The Curse of Pocahontas

The Curse of PocahontasOur latest title to enter the Distributed Proofreaders project for conversion into an eBook is Wenona Gilman’s The Curse of Pocahontas, another story paper melodrama collected in book form. Wenona Gilman was a pseudonym used by Mrs. Florence Blackburn (White) Schoeffel, a contemporary of writers like Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller and Mrs. E. Burke Collins.

You can participate in the preparation of a new electronic edition of the book; for more details, read this previous post, then join in at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – January 2015

Front cover story, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVII, No. 43, Saturday, July 29, 1916

Front cover story, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVII, No. 43, Saturday, July 29, 1916

The wait is over; this week the last 5 binders of the digitized Edward T. LeBlanc Dime Novel Memorial Bibliography files were added, making the entire work now accessible to scholars and researchers. Meanwhile, work continues at Dimenovels.org on transforming, verifying, linking, and adding to these entries to complete the largest and most complete bibliography of Dime Novels broadly considered to include story papers, thick backs, nickel and dime weeklies, non-fiction works, both in the domestic US, as well with selective international coverage. A host of other new materials join these LeBlanc files, including the integrated complete Audiobook version of the podcast reading of the Bride of the Tomb. Joining this podcast is another audio offering, this from 1979, the Tin Whistle Workshop, from the Philadelphia Ceili Group. As well, check out some of the other newspaper issues, and storypaper and dime novels available. We haven’t jumped the shark just yet!

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

Front cover, The Catholic Standard and Times, Saturday, November 7, 1914

Front cover, The Catholic Standard and Times, Saturday, November 7, 1914

The Catholic Standard and Times (1914: 11 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368816]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Red cross girls on the French firing line / by Margaret Vandercook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382657]

oott

Out of the Triangle: a story of the Far East and other stories / by Mary E. Bamford
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384586]

Paratextual Materials

ljl

Letter, To: Robert Bonner From: Laura Jean Libbey, October 11, 1886
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384065]

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XIX, no. 7, May 1907

Front cover, Comfort, v. XIX, no. 7, May 1907

Comfort (10 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381125]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381159]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381193]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381227]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381396]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382063]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382079]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382097]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382123]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:382149]

Home Circle (1872: 5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384793]

Front cover, rank Leslie's Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 649, November 3, 1877

Front cover, rank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 649, November 3, 1877

Chimney Corner

(v. 24: 1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384131]

(v. 25: 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384130]


Scholarship

LeBlanc Bibliography (5 more binders added – now complete!):
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384777]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384780]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384783]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384786]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384789]

The Spare Change Library Podcast

The Bride of the Tomb, complete audiobook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384795]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Front cover, Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 76, Friday, March 17, 1916

Front cover, Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 76, Friday, March 17, 1916

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (84 issues added: collection complete)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360347]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle (1916: 6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366658]


Philadelphia Ceili Group

Tin Whistle Workshop
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384799]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Journals, Newspapers, and Yearbooks

The Catholic High School Journal (1898: 3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:384794]


Villanova Digital Collection


Photographs

Villanova Campus (Aerial view), 1950
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:384576]

From p. 292, Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 642, September 15, 1877.

From p. 292, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XXV, no. 642, September 15, 1877.


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Meet Alison and Marjorie, Spring 2015 Digital Library Interns

  • Posted by: Laura Bang
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2015
  • Filed Under: People

Photo of Alison Dolbier.Alison Dolbier has an M.Phil. in American Military History from George Washington University and has previously worked in archives and museums. With this internship, Alison is looking to learn more about cultural heritage activities in the digital age. “Digital libraries are interesting places because they combine the public access part of museums with the preservation aspect of archives,” Alison said.

In her free time, Alison likes hobbies such as spinning wool, sewing, and other handcrafts. She also enjoys spending time with her family, who like to go kayaking together. The last book Alison read was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

If she could travel anywhere, Alison would like to visit Scotland. “It’s always been on our list to go walk along Hadrian’s Wall,” she said.

Photo of Marjorie HainesMarjorie Haines has a Master’s in Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East from University College London. She has volunteered in the Keck Archaeology Lab at Dickinson College and at the British Museum. With regard to this internship, Marjorie is looking forward to gaining more experience to apply to future positions and having fun geeking out over cultural heritage materials along the way.

In her free time, Marjorie enjoys going for walks, listening to music, reading, and trying to teach herself new skills such as coding. She also teaches belly dancing on occasion. She is currently reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, the latter of which she is savoring slowly because she doesn’t want it to end.

If she could travel anywhere, Marjorie would love to visit Middle-Earth. She also wouldn’t mind a visit to the Enterprise.

We are happy to welcome both Alison and Marjorie for the Spring semester!


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Content Roundup – Third Week – January 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: January 23, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Days' doings, v. XII, no. 313, May 23, 1874.

The Days’ doings, v. XII, no. 313, May 23, 1874.

Just a few new items to read this week, as the Winter’s icy touch chills.

Americana

Stereogram, The Sick Twins.

Stereogram, The Sick Twins.

Stereogram (2 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353872]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Redemption of Marie Gordon (10 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377653]


Periodicals

Comfort, v. XIX, no. 1, November 1906

Comfort, v. XIX, no. 1, November 1906

Comfort (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381057]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381091]

Days’ Doings (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:381253]

The Youth's companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 94, no. 43, October 21, 1920.

The Youth’s companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 94, no. 43, October 21, 1920.

The Youth’s Companion (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383293]


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eBook available: Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia

Old Broadbrim into the Heart of AustraliaThis week’s eBook release (completed with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders project) is Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia, the thirty-second issue of Old Broadbrim Weekly, a publication chronicling the adventures of a Quaker detective. In this particular adventure, Old Broadbrim tracks a villain all the way to Australia while investigating a pair of murders.

Unlike many dime novels, which tend to be filled with exaggerated dialect and broad stereotypes, this adventure is a bit unusual for portraying all of its characters very similarly. Everyone speaks fairly formally (even the Australian Aborigine), with the only verbal tic being Old Broadbrim’s occasional use of “thee” and “thy.” Men and women alike engage in fights, commit murders and find themselves controlled by one another. This is not to say that Old Broadbrim offers a Utopian view of human equality (there’s far too much death and insanity for that), but it does subvert expectations.

One might also be curious about how a Quaker detective differs from any other sort of detective. The answer, at least for this book, is hardly at all. Apart from the aforementioned “thees” and “thys,” Old Broadbrim acts like any other dime novel detective, shooting people, drinking alcohol and hoping to place his quarry on the end of a rope.

If you are interested in reading the whole book for yourself, you can find it on Project Gutenberg, where it may be read online or downloaded in various common eBook formats.


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Content Roundup – First and Second Week – January 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: January 16, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, the Youth's companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 92, no. 35, August 29, 1918.

Front cover, the Youth’s companion : the best of American life in fiction fact and comment, v. 92, no. 35, August 29, 1918.

A few new items to start the year and the semester on the reading track! Stay tuned for more content in the coming weeks and months.

Americana


Stereogram

Stereogram, The dying Squirrel, with his Wife, Lawyer, Minister, etc.

Stereogram, The dying Squirrel, with his Wife, Lawyer, Minister, etc.

Hurst’s Stereoscopic Studies of Natural History (8 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353872]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Camping in the winter woods : adventures of two boys in the Maine woods / by Elmer Russel Gregor
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:380229]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:370861]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:371149]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:374907]

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:380656]

Youth’s Companion (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378454]


Rambles, Travels, and Maps

Map, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, 1877
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:380793]

Pennsylvaniana

In Memoriam Col. Francis J. Crilly
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350618]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Hard Luck

Motor Matt's Hard LuckThe tenth issue of Motor Stories is now available on Project Gutenberg thanks to our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders. Motor Matt’s Hard Luck picks up right where Motor Matt’s Air Ship left off, with Motor Matt continuing his career as an air-ship pilot and foiling the plans of the evil Brady gang.

As usual, the main adventure is followed by a short filler story; this time, it’s “The Red Spider,” a Western adventure involving a plot to manipulate the stock market by damming a river.

The entire book can be read online or downloaded in eBook format at Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – December 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: January 9, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The manly art of self-defence / by Ned Donnelly

Front cover, The manly art of self-defence / by Ned Donnelly

In the final days and hours of 2014, a number of newly digitized items were added to the existing collections. Especially noteworthy were the final items in the Barry-Hayes collection; a number of issues of the Catholic Standard and Times, the next podcast in the Great War series Mailcall, and a significant number of Dime Novel and story paper issues!

Catholica Collection

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times

1913 (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376835]

1914 (32 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368816]

Catholic Library Association

The Guide to Catholic Literature volume four: 1948-1951
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:373223]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Red cross girls in Belgium / by Margaret Vandercook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376883]

Front cover, The redemption of Marie Gordon : the tragic story of wronged womanhood, no. 1

Front cover, The redemption of Marie Gordon : the tragic story of wronged womanhood, no. 1

The redemption of Marie Gordon (10 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377653]

The two destinies : a novel / by Wilkie Collins
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376847]

Laurel Vane; or, The girls’ conspiracy / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:380058]

Hannah / by Miss Mulock
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376851]

The young train master / by Burton E. Stevenson; illustrated by Henry Goss
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377741]

The Brighton boys in the submarine treasure ship / by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376378]

Non-Fiction

Tragedies of the white slave : true stories of the white slavery taken from actual life
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:369601]

The manly art of self-defence / by Ned Donnelly
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:370580]

The dime exhibition speaker: a new collection (prose and verse) of the choicest recent productions of popular writers and orators!
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:373053]

Paratextual Materials

Garden City Publishing Co. shipping box, ca. 1923
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:366566]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (29 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:309416]

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIX, no. 6, April 1917

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIX, no. 6, April 1917

Comfort (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378256]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378505]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378294]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378320]

Front cover, The Girl's own paper, v. XIX, no. 931, October 30, 1897

Front cover, The Girl’s own paper, v. XIX, no. 931, October 30, 1897

Girl’s Own Paper (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377466]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377484]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377578]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377596]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377695]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377715]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378382]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378400]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378418]

Happy Days (61 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:297465]

Front cover, The national police gazette, v. LIX, no. 744, Saturday, December 12, 1891

Front cover, The national police gazette, v. LIX, no. 744, Saturday, December 12, 1891

National Police Gazette (2 issues)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377298]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377316]

New York Ledger (18 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:287328]

Front cover, The People's Home Journal, v. V, no. 11, November 1890

Front cover, The People’s Home Journal, v. V, no. 11, November 1890

Peoples Home Journal (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377390]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377677]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377632]

Saturday Night (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377380]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377360]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377370]

Front cover, The Youth's companion, v. 93, no. 50, December 11, 1919

Front cover, The Youth’s companion, v. 93, no. 50, December 11, 1919

Youth’s Companion (14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378468]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378362]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:375921]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376702]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377171]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377177]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:377183]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378436]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378490]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378540]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378554]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378576]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378590]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:378604]

Great War

The pirate’s progress : a short history of the U-boat / by William Archer
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376222]

Mailcall Podcast (Episode 2: November 1914 – February 1915 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353234]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXXV. Publications (9 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:367361]


Pennsylvaniana

Title page, Long Lost Friend.

Title page, Long Lost Friend.

The long lost friend : a collection of mysterious & invaluable arts & remedies, for man as well as animals, with many proofs of their virtue and efficacy in healing diseases, &c., the greater part of which was never published until they appeared in print for the first time in the U.S. in the year 1820 / by John George Hohman
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376720]

Front cover, Laurel Vane; or, The girls' conspiracy / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

Front cover, Laurel Vane; or, The girls’ conspiracy / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Air Ship

Motor Matt's Air ShipAnother issue of Motor Stories has made it through the Distributed Proofreaders project. Motor Matt’s Air Ship; or, The Rival Inventors, the ninth adventure of the series, sees Motor Matt make his first flight after falling foul of a corrupt air ship designer. The adventure is noteworthy both for its aerial theme (which includes some interesting information about the workings of balloons) and for the introduction of Helen Brady, a female character who seems designed to match Motor Matt in bravery, resourcefulness and dedication to principles.

This issue’s filler story is “The Big Cypress,” a brief tale of attempted crime set in the wilds of Florida.

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


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