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Content Roundup – Second Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 10, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[1 p.]. Subscription for the Relief of the Suffering Inhabitants of the Cape de Verde Islands, January 25, 1833, Barry-Hayes Papers.

[1 p.]. Subscription for the Relief of the Suffering Inhabitants of the Cape de Verde Islands, January 25, 1833, Barry-Hayes Papers.

This week brings more William White letters, a number of Happy Days issues, financial documents from the Barry-Hayes Papers, and an audio musical set, vintage 1979, “Knock na Shee” from the Philadelphia Ceili Group. Read, listen, and enjoy Fall Break 2014!

American Catholic Historical Society

Front,  Letter, To: "Dear Parents" From: William C. White, February 3, 1862

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

William C. White Letters (24 letters added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:364084]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

    Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXXVIII, no. 988, September 20, 1913.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XXXVIII, no. 988, September 20, 1913.

Happy Days (8 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360918]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360936]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360954]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360972]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360990]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361008]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361026]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361044]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LXI. Financial Papers (49 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361953]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Knock na Shee”, 1979 (12 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:365251]

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1024, May 30, 1914.

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1024, May 30, 1914.

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Available for proofreading: Lancaster’s Choice

Lancaster's ChoiceOur latest Distributed Proofreading project is yet another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel: Lancaster’s Choice. This title, reportedly one of the author’s personal favorites, was originally published in the short-lived New York Monthly Fashion Bazaar, a departure from the more mainstream story papers that hosted most of Mrs. Miller’s stories. The edition we have digitized is a later reprint from the Arthur Westbrook Company’s Hart Series.

To learn more about how you can help create a modern electronic edition of this long-forgotten novel, read this earlier post. When you’re ready to begin work, you can visit the project page to get started!

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eBook available: Motor Matt’s “Century” Run

Motor Stories #3It’s been a few months since we released the second issue of Motor Stories through Project Gutenberg. After a bit of a wait, the third issue is now here. In Motor Matt’s “Century” Run; or, The Governor’s Courier, heroic motor enthusiast Matt King finds himself helping local law enforcement break up a gang of smugglers who defy the Chinese Exclusion Act.

As is usual for the series, there’s plenty of fast-paced action as well as some signs of the changing times in which the story was written. Perhaps most interesting is the tension, also seen in earlier volumes, between clearly racist views (blood determines behavior, ethnic slurs are part of normal conversation) and more open-minded perspectives (characters question the fairness of Chinese exclusion, the villains aren’t portrayed simply as one-dimensional evil-doers). While the contemporary reader will undoubtedly see a lot more bad than good here, it is nonetheless interesting to see even small cracks in the racist assumptions of the period’s literature, as well as to observe discussions of contemporary social issues in what is otherwise a lightweight adventure novel for youthful readers.

More Motor Matt adventures will be coming soon. In the meantime, you can find the full text of this issue online at Project Gutenberg, where it can also be easily downloaded to the reading device of your choice.

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Content Roundup – First Week – October 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: October 3, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 50, December 15, 1917.

Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 50, December 15, 1917.

This week find us starting a new series of historical letters from the American Catholic Historical Association: the William C. White letters. White (dates of birth and death are unknown) was an Irish Catholic Union soldier from Philadelphia. He began his Civil War service as a volunteer with the 69th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers on August 19, 1861 and served in some of the bloodiest and most important battles of the War – Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. This collection contains letters from White to his parents in Philadelphia, recounting his experiences during the war. Of note are the letterhead stationary used by White; this week only the first few letters are available; check back soon for the next set.

As well a number of new popular culture titles are offered for your study. Especially interesting is: “How to be a detective”- a newly acquired part of the “Ten Cent Handbooks” series- some of the first modern how-to books to have been published in the United States. Finally take a look at a few of the World War I periodicals, newly digitized, such as “Needlework”, “Everyday life”, or “T. P.’s journal for men and women”.

American Catholic Historical Society

Letterhead, Letter, To: "Dear Parents" From: William C. White, November 8, 1861.

Letterhead, Letter, To: “Dear Parents” From: William C. White, November 8, 1861.

William C. White Letters (7 letters added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:364084?recordID=vudl%3A363923]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Dick Darling’s Money, or the Rise of an Office Boy / by a Self-Made Man
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:363144]

Non-Fiction

How to be a detective (Ten Cent Handbooks)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360705]

Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360900]

 Lifebuoy Soap ad, Inside front cover, T. P.'s journal for men and women, v. V, no. 60, March, 1917.


Lifebuoy Soap ad, Inside front cover, T. P.’s journal for men and women, v. V, no. 60, March, 1917.

T. P.’s journal for men and women (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357973]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358003]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358033]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358067]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358097]

p. 2,  Needlecraft, September 1917.

p. 2, Needlecraft, September 1917.

Needlecraft (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358123]

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357665]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357632]

Everyday life (1 issue added: April, 1914)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357374]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle (6 issues from 1914 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:356010]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

Series LX. Legal Papers (11 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361952]

Series LXI. Financial Papers (33 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361953]

Everyday life, v. IX, no. VII, April, 1914.

Everyday life, v. IX, no. VII, April, 1914.

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eBook available: Fame and Fortune Weekly, no. 801

Fame and Fortune Weekly, no. 801

Fame and Fortune Weekly, no. 801

The “boy’s success story” genre made up a relatively small but significant percentage of the dime novel and story paper universe. Within this genre, the long-running Fame and Fortune Weekly was one of the most notable titles. Our latest eBook release through Distributed Proofreaders is one of the later issues of this publication, no. 801, from February 4, 1921.

The bulk of each issue of Fame and Fortune was devoted to a short novel. This issue’s offering is Dick Darling’s Money; or, The Rise of an Office Boy. While some of the success fiction of the time was often designed to inspire its readers to better behavior — and, indeed, the hero of this tale is a nice guy who is richly rewarded — the actual narrative shows little direct correlation between good behavior and financial benefits. Instead, in true dime novel fashion, a series of random incidents occur, culminating with Dick Darling becoming rich, not because of his skill or personality, but by sheer dumb luck. This ending is foreshadowed through encounters with a gypsy fortune-teller (perhaps not the sort of Fortune usually alluded to by the periodical’s title). Interestingly, the story’s portrayal of gypsies, while highly stereotypical, is at the same time surprisingly positive.

Fame and Fortune Weekly, no. 341

Fame and Fortune Weekly, no. 341

The rest of the issue is filled out with an astonishingly brief serial installment, a short story, capsule articles of unusual news (such as a discussion of a school where conflicts are resolved through teacher-moderated fist-fights), and many advertisements (one of which features a product that rather shockingly promotes itself to children by encouraging them to play pranks on people of other races).

The whole issue can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg. Readers might also be interested in seeing the original page images in our Digital Library or in comparing this issue to Fame and Fortune Weekly no. 341, which features a more colorful cover and includes an earlier appearance of Dick Darling’s Money in a slightly longer form.

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Content Roundup – Last Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 26, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Cover illustration,     Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1022, May 16, 1914.

Cover illustration, Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1022, May 16, 1914.

A few new items to finish out your September!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Happy Days (2 issues added)

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1021, May 9, 1914.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XL, no. 1021, May 9, 1914.

[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360864]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360882]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry-Hayes

 Receipt, To: John Britton From: Job Somers, June 17, 1777.


Receipt, To: John Britton From: Job Somers, June 17, 1777.

Series LXI. Financial Papers (1 item added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361953]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 26, Thursday, January 27, 1916.

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung, nr. 26, Thursday, January 27, 1916.

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (1916: 7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses (1965: 29 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]

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eBook available: Little Nobody (our 50th release!)

"Little Nobody"

“Little Nobody”

Today marks the release of the 50th Project Gutenberg eBook drawn from our digital collections. The previous 49 titles are listed here.

The title which brings us to this milestone is Little Nobody, another story paper melodrama from the pen of Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller. This novel follows the adventures of Eliot Van Zandt, a Boston newspaper reporter visiting New Orleans. This being a Mrs. Miller novel, those adventures include a fair amount of romance and mayhem.

While many Mrs. Miller novels have held up surprisingly well for the modern reader, this one features a crucial plot twist built around a fundamentally racist premise, a fact which rather diminishes the pleasure of reading it. Still, there is some value in documenting the bad along with the good — seeing the way certain ideas of race were ingrained into popular culture at a time when the Civil War was still within living memory provides an interesting historical perspective and sheds light on what were likely common social attitudes of the time.

To see the story for yourself, you can read it online at Project Gutenberg, where it can also be downloaded in the some of the most popular electronic formats.

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Content Update – Third Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 19, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

With a software upgrade underway this week, we see just a few new items added to the table for your fall feast: Read, Listen and Enjoy!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357323]

Scholarship

Edward T. LeBlanc Bibliography of Story Papers, Dime Novels, and Librarie (Binder 8 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360842]


Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (1916: 21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Passing the Time in Ballymenone”, April 27, 1979 (3 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:361098?recordID=vudl%3A361099]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Various (22 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:206082]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses – 1964 (38 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360226]

Page 6, The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

Page 6, The Household guest, v. 34, no. 2, February, 1917.

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Now in proofreading: The Scientific Tourist through Ireland

The Scientific Tourist through IrelandAnother Distributed Proofreaders project using images from Villanova’s Digital Library has just opened up. The Scientific Tourist through Ireland is an 1818 travel guide discussing “antiquity, art, science, and the picturesque” in Ireland, “arranged by counties.” In addition to all of this information, the book also includes several maps and plates.

If you’re interested in seeing what travelers were interested in nearly two centuries ago, please join us in preserving this vintage book as a new electronic edition. First, read our earlier blog post about how the proofreading process works, then dive in at the project page.

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Content Roundup – Second Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 12, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
The Red cross girls in the British trenches

The Red cross girls in the British trenches

This week brings to your attention a number of new and interesting titles including:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

[4], p. Cinderella.

[4], p. Cinderella.

Cinderella
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359648]

The Red cross girls in the British trenches / by Margaret Vandercook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359887]

Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357246]

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358153]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (collection created, 9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:360347]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“The Irish in Philadelphia”, 1979
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360677]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1963 (21 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359566]

1964 (10 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360226]

World

Riedl vorm. Dreschler, Man with large mustache.

Riedl vorm. Dreschler, Man with large mustache.

German Carte-de-visites (8 photographs added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:352819]

Otto Böhm, Standing woman.

Otto Böhm, Standing woman.

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