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Content Roundup – Last Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 31, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Ad, "Big Reduction in Prices, 1898 Model",  p. 8, The Hearthstone, June, 1898

Ad, “Big Reduction in Prices, 1898 Model”, p. 8, The Hearthstone, June, 1898

This week finds newly available more of the ongoing digitization of the Robert M. O’Reilly personal paper collection, and issues of the rare story paper “The Hearthstone”, along with a few other gems to brighten your reading day!

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

Letter, To: "Dear Siss" (Mary O'Reilly) From: Robert, November 6, 1864

Letter, To: “Dear Siss” (Mary O’Reilly) From: Robert, November 6, 1864

Robert M. O’Reilly (29 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Catholica

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408905]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Masthead, "The Hearthstone : a journal of choice literature, romance and entertaining information"

Masthead, “The Hearthstone : a journal of choice literature, romance and entertaining information”

The Hearthstone (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407793]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:409101]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410623]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410633]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410643]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410653]

Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 5, March 1912

Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 5, March 1912

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:416963]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Award, bust of Thomas E. Cahill

Award, bust of Thomas E. Cahill

Award bust of Thomas E. Cahill
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418057]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Doodle, May 8, 2015

Doodle, May 8, 2015

Daily Doodles (2015: 3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:415994]

Arboreana

Kennedy Plaza (2015)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418079]

Art

St Augustine (2015 photographs)

St Augustine (2015 photographs)


(Relocated) Sculptures:
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418092]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:418068]


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eBook available: The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the FlyThe latest Project Gutenberg release derived from images in our Digital Library is another novel by prolific British author Charles Garvice.

Like many of Garvice’s works, The Spider and the Fly is a romance dealing with the British upper class of the late 19th century. However, for this one, a few extra elements have been thrown in to spice the mix: a fishing village with a secret, a mysterious ghostly nun, and an escaped convict with a talent for manipulating everyone around him. The resulting blend of mystery, intrigue and romance may not be a work of high literature, but it does help demonstrate why Garvice was so popular in his time.

The entire book can be read online at Project Gutenberg, where it is also available for download in popular eBook formats.


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Available for proofreading: Tragedies of the White Slaves

Tragedies of the White SlavesThe latest item from our collection to open for proofreading at Distributed Proofreaders is Tragedies of the White Slaves, a collection of “true crime” stories dealing with the exploitation of women. Published in 1909 in a colorful, paper-covered format, this is an interesting (though certainly not unique) example of a publisher attempting to take commercial advantage of a sensitive (and sensational) subject.

To help produce a new electronic edition of this text, you can learn about the proofreading process from this earlier post, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 24, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Pier / Jack B. Yeats

The Pier / Jack B. Yeats

This week, as July continues to bring heat and humidity to the region, we offer for your attention, more of the Robert M. O’Reilly collection of personal papers, as well as several new Catholic newspaper issues, a few plates from the Image collection, and another set of Daily Doodles from the Falvey Memorial Library collection.

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

[1] p., Letter, To: "Dear Mamma" (Ellen Maitland O'Reilly) From: Robert, September 25, 1869

[1] p., Letter, To: “Dear Mamma” (Ellen Maitland O’Reilly) From: Robert, September 25, 1869

Robert M. O’Reilly (56 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Catholica

Newspapers

Front cover, Catholic Weekly Instructor, v. 4, no. 2, January 12, 1849

Front cover, Catholic Weekly Instructor, v. 4, no. 2, January 12, 1849

Catholic Weekly Instructor (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:416881]

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408895]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 12, October 1911

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 12, October 1911

Comfort (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410424]

Image Collection

The Pier
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417721]

Kelp Making / Jack B. Yeats.

Kelp Making / Jack B. Yeats.

Kelp Making
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417717]

Selections from page 112, April 4, 1915, of Margaret Emilia Brunner Scrapbook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:417137]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Doodle, March 20, 2015

Doodle, March 20, 2015

Daily Doodles (2015: 23 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:415994]


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Content Roundup – Third Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 17, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Sketched Map Showing Positions of Hospital, Rebel Entrenchment and Lookout Cliff in Chattanooga by Robert M. O'Reilly, [April, 1864?]

Sketched Map Showing Positions of Hospital, Rebel Entrenchment and Lookout Cliff in Chattanooga by Robert M. O’Reilly, [April, 1864?]

This week brings to your attention the initial digitization of an important personal paper collection largely consisting of the letters of the future Surgeon General of the United States Robert O’Reilly written home to his family during the American Civil War. General O’Reilly served as the U.S. representative for the revision of the Geneva Convention, and some of the forthcoming materials were collected from the event. As well, a few Story Paper issues and Daily Doodles will enhance your daily reading pleasure!

American Catholic Historical Society

Historic Papers

Front, Letter, To: "Dear Mamma" (Ellen Maitland O'Reilly) From: Robert, [April 5, 1864]

Front, Letter, To: “Dear Mamma” (Ellen Maitland O’Reilly) From: Robert, [April 5, 1864]

Robert M. O’Reilly (52 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414334]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 10, August 1911

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 10, August 1911

Comfort (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410352]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410386]

Front cover, True Flag, v. VII, no. 16, Saturday February 6, 1858

Front cover, True Flag, v. VII, no. 16, Saturday February 6, 1858

True Flag (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405684]


Villanova Digital Collection


Falvey Memorial Library

Carl Sandburg, January 6, 2015

Carl Sandburg, January 6, 2015

Daily Doodles (2015: 4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:415994]

Front, Envelope, To: John O'Reilly Esq, Philadelphia, Penna., May 5, [1867]

Front, Envelope, To: John O’Reilly Esq, Philadelphia, Penna., May 5, [1867]


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Available for proofreading: The Art of Kissing

The Art of KissingThe latest of our books to become available on Distributed Proofreaders is Will Rossiter’s The Art of Kissing. This 1902 volume claims to consider the subject of kissing “curiously, historically, humorously, [and] poetically.”

To help produce a new electronic edition of this text (and, presumably, to learn about kissing), you can first read this earlier post for information on the proofreading process, and then you can join in at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 10, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, International Magazine, no. 1

Front cover, International Magazine, no. 1

As the temperature heats up outside, keep cool and enjoy some of the latest digital offerings. This week we offer for your listening pleasure a significant number of musical interludes from our Digital Library Partner the Phialdelphia Ceili Group, many featuring the noted folk music performer Mick Moloney. As well, consider browsing the 100+ newly available issues of the rare antebellum New York Irish newspaper “The Citizen”. Finally a few new story paper and popular literature titles round out this week’s complement of content.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 9, July 1911

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 9, July 1911

Comfort (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408806]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408856]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410258]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410292]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410322]

Rear cover, International Magazine, no. 1

Rear cover, International Magazine, no. 1

International Magazine (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410462]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Masthead, The Citizen, v. 1, no. 12, March 25, 1854

Masthead, The Citizen, v. 1, no. 12, March 25, 1854

The Citizen (101 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:411518]

Phialdelphia Ceili Group

1979 Concert “Phialdelphia Ceili Group” (2 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:411513]

Devilish Merry (5 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:411521]

John and Joe Vesey (6 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:412852]

Mick Moloney and Eugene O’Donnell (8 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:412871]

Ensemble (11 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:413278]

The Irish Tradition (5 parts added, evening set)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:414332]

"Information Desired", selection p.  831, The Citizen, v. 2, no. 52, December 29, 1855

“Information Desired”, selection p. 831, The Citizen, v. 2, no. 52, December 29, 1855


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Content Roundup – First Week – July 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 2, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 12, October 1910

Front cover, Comfort, v. XXII, no. 12, October 1910

This week we bring a few new issues of the story-paper Comfort and a new religious dime novel to your attention. As well, a rare report on the reorganization of the Indian army from 1920 and a host of newly digitized newspapers from the Joseph McGarrity Collection are available. McGarrity, a noted collector of Irish books and periodicals, had an exceptionally strong set of rare newspaper titles – many of which deal with Ireland and the Irish-American experience, but his collection was not limited to just this focus. This week two non-Irish titles from the collection can be accessed: the rare Philadelphia newspaper the Constitutional diary and Philadelphia evening advertiser and the Newark, New Jersey title the Centinel of freedom spanning 1799-1800.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

A star in a prison : a tale of Canada / by Anna May Wilson
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410521]

Periodicals

[1] p., Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 2, December 1910

[1] p., Comfort, v. XXIII, no. 2, December 1910

Comfort (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405901]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405933]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:405975]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:406017]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:408765]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

[1, recto], Poblacht na h-Éireann war news, Number 6, Sunday, July 2, 1922

[1, recto], Poblacht na h-Éireann war news, Number 6, Sunday, July 2, 1922

Poblacht na h-Éireann war news (collection created, 36 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:410727]

Irishman: Sinn Fein Weekly Newspaper (1 issue added: December 4th, 1918)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410663]

Front cover, the Centinel of freedom, v. IV, no. 16, Total Number 172, Tuesday, January 14, 1800

Front cover, the Centinel of freedom, v. IV, no. 16, Total Number 172, Tuesday, January 14, 1800

The Centinel of freedom (collection created, 2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410518]

[1] p., the Constitutional diary and Philadelphia evening advertiser, v. I, no. 2, December 3, 1799

Front cover, the Constitutional diary and Philadelphia evening advertiser, v. I, no. 2, December 3, 1799

The Constitutional diary and Philadelphia evening advertiser (collection created, 2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410519]

World

Chart 1

Chart 1

Report of the Army in India Committee 1919-1920
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:410097]


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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]


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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.


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