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Content Roundup – Second Week – July 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 11, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Title page,  The Catholic periodical index, 1930-1933.

Title page, The Catholic periodical index, 1930-1933.

This week brings us a number of import new resources including the first volume of ledgers of the Bishop’s Bank of Philadelphia; the 1930-1933 volume of the Catholic periodical index; a few new Great War postcards; a new stereogram; a new issue of the New York Ledger from 1873; and 140 new ship’s papers from the Independence Seaport Museum’s Barry-Hayes Papers collection.

Americana

    Stereogram, 3: Rat on Toast - for dinner, 1898.

Stereogram, 3: Rat on Toast – for dinner, 1898.



Stereogram

Stereogram, 3: Rat on Toast – for dinner, 1898
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:347526]

Catholic Library Association

The Catholic periodical index, 1930-1933
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351709]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection


Periodicals

The New York Ledger, v. XXIX, no. 3, March 8, 1873.

The New York Ledger, v. XXIX, no. 3, March 8, 1873.

New York Ledger (1 issue, 1873)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351671]

Great War

Postcard, To: Ella Hammer.

Postcard, To: Ella Hammer.

Postcard, To: Frieda, December 9, 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:347713]

Postcard, To: Ella Hammer
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:347717]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry Hayes Papers

Printed Form, Receipt, To: Patrick Hayes, Ship Tontine.

Printed Form, Receipt, To: Patrick Hayes, Ship Tontine.

Series LVIII Ships’ Papers (140 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:318371]


Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

p. 163,  Ledger, Bishop's Bank, vol. 1.

p. 163, Ledger, Bishop’s Bank, vol. 1.

Ledger, Bishop’s Bank, vol. 1
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:307096]

Postcard, To: Frieda, December 9, 1917.

Postcard, To: Frieda, December 9, 1917.

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eBook available: Stories of Robin Hood

Robin HoodIn the early twentieth century, a series of small, inexpensive pamphlets known as the Instructor Literature Series provided readings aimed at students in grades one through eight.

Our latest completed Distributed Proofreaders project is one of these publications, a collection of Robin Hood stories aimed at fifth graders. The slim volume, whose title is either The Story of Robin Hood or Stories of Robin Hood depending on which page you believe, contains six tales and one long poem covering Robin Hood legends ranging from the very familiar to the slightly more obscure. This is rounded out with a catalog showing the considerable breadth of the Instructor Literature Series.

You can read the book online in its entirety at Project Gutenberg, where it can also be downloaded in a variety of popular electronic formats.

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Content Roundup – Last Week of June / First Week of July – 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: July 3, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Pages 23-24, Newspaper Scrapbook, World War I, 1915-1917.

Pages 23-24, Newspaper Scrapbook, World War I, 1915-1917.

This two-week dose of newly available content comes before the Independence Day holiday and in the midst of summer vacation season. Enjoy your holiday and read a newly available old text!

Great War

P. 8, Newspaper Scrapbook, World War I, 1915-1917.

P. 8, Newspaper Scrapbook, World War I, 1915-1917.

Newspaper Scrapbook, World War I, 1915-1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353124]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection


Fiction

The Dreadnought boys on battle practice / by Captain Wilbur Lawton
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353360]

Periodicals

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351653]

 The Daily Graphic, v. IV, no. 395, Thursday, June 11, 1874.


The Daily Graphic, v. IV, no. 395, Thursday, June 11, 1874.

Daily Graphic (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351681]

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350783]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351560]

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1144, September 16, 1916.

Happy days : a paper for young and old, v. XLIV, no. 1144, September 16, 1916.

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351596]

Joseph McGarrity Collection


Book

The lost Irish tribes in the South
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353860]

Villanova Digital Collection

Undergraduate Honors Theses (30 these from 2014 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353118]

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eBook available: Malaeska

MalaeskaShortly before the Civil War broke out, the publisher Beadle and Company (later Beadle and Adams) tried a publishing experiment: sell short novels for ten cents, providing inexpensive entertainment for the masses. This experiment proved to be incredibly successful, and thus the “dime novel” was popularized.

The very first story released as a Beadle’s Dime Novel was Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, written by Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, an author who would continue to contribute to the series in years to come. This debut title is now available in electronic format through Project Gutenberg thanks to our work with the Distributed Proofreaders project.

Malaeska is definitely not what one might expect from the first dime novel — it does not set the template for what would follow. While there are some action sequences here and there, the overall tone of the book is nostalgic and mournful, filled with long descriptions of natural scenes and authorial asides on the “good old days” before the tiresome modernity of 1860.

It is also surprising that the subject of this initial experiment in popular literature is not frontier adventure, lost treasure, high romance or another crowd-pleasing standard but rather interracial marriage, a subject that was definitely not considered to be a positive thing in the 19th century. Needless to say, many of the attitudes and some of the language presented by the book have not aged well, though it is perhaps to the book’s credit that it is written ambiguously enough that the reader can choose to interpret it either as a cautionary tale against violating societal norms (perhaps, though not necessarily, the original intent) or as a condemnation of the senselessness of prejudice (a more satisfying modern reading).

To experience the story for yourself and make up your own mind about its significance, you can read the full text online or download it for your e-reader at Project Gutenberg.

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Now in proofreading: Little Nobody

"Little Nobody"

“Little Nobody”

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted a Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller proofreading project, so it’s time to revisit her body of work. The latest title is Little Nobody, a novel first serialized from July 31, 1886 to October 23, 1886 in the Fireside Companion story paper and later reprinted in the Hart Series (among others).

If you want to experience some of the crazy twists and turns of a Mrs. Miller novel while helping to create a modern electronic edition of a long-forgotten text, read about our proofreading efforts in this earlier blog post and then head over to the project page.

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eBook available: Motor Matt; or, The King of the Wheel

Motor Stories #1Last year, we reintroduced the heroic Motor Matt to the world by digitizing the complete series of Motor Stories dime novels. Today, the first of those adventures has been formatted into a convenient-to-read eBook with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders project.

Motor Matt; or, The King of the Wheel is an interesting beginning to the series. Published in 1909, at a time when dime novels were nearing the end of their reign, the story shows a very conscious effort to present itself as something new and modern within a tired and aging genre.

The story is almost certainly modeled on the incredibly popular adventures of Frank Merriwell first published in Tip-Top Weekly, with a focus on the athletic and social adventures of high school boys. However, a strong emphasis on technology sets it apart. Not only is the adventure largely centered on Motor Matt’s efforts to obtain his first motorcycle, but it also features wireless communication as an integral part of the plot.

In addition to emphasizing then-cutting-edge technology, the book also seems to look disparagingly on some past dime novel tropes. Comic relief is presented in the form of Welcome Perkins, an elderly, one-legged man with a broken gun who may or may not be a reformed outlaw. He frequently offers outbursts like this one:

“It’s plumb good for a ole outlaw like me to grip a honest pa’m. It helps to make me fergit what I was and to brace up an’ be what I ort. I’m a horrible example o’ what happens to a man when he cuts loose in his youth an’ bloom an’ terrorizes all outdoors—but I can’t begin to tell ye how pacifyin’ to my reckless natur’ is the grip of a honest hand.”

The outlaw who tries to reform his wild nature is a common theme in dime novels, typified by the adventures of Deadwood Dick, but here it is rendered intentionally ridiculous.

Also quite interesting is the Native American character portrayed here. Needless to say, “Indians” are frequently used as villains or insultingly-portrayed sidekicks in the dime novel universe, but here we are given Tom Clipperton, a character who initially poses a threat to Matt not because of his race but rather because of bitterness over the racism shown him by others, including one of Matt’s friends.

Before anyone gets too excited about how progressive this book is, it should be noted that the tale still has its moments of political incorrectness, and the filler story at the end about an African tiger hunt is downright cringe-inducing. Nonetheless, Motor Matt’s debut is a fun and readable adventure that serves as a document of changing times early in the 20th century, and as such, it’s worth a look.

The entire book can be read online or downloaded in a variety of popular eBook formats at Project Gutenberg.

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Content Roundup – Third Week – June 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 20, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
William II, German Kaiser.  Frontispiece, Das Maschinengewehr 08.

William II, German Kaiser. Frontispiece, Das Maschinengewehr 08.

As the beginning of summer looms, consider ending spring 2014 by reading a newly available book! The Digital Library front-end is fully supported for mobile devices – so that means all of the treasures that you are reading can be considered “Beach Reading”! This week brings to your consideration new materials from the Barry-Hayes Papers, and new issue of Philadelphia’s Saturday Night story paper, and a German Machine Gun manual from 1917!

Newly added this week:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Saturday Night (1 issue from 1886 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351643]

Great War

Gefreiter Heinrich Möllering Papers

Title page,  Das Maschinengewehr 08.

Title page,
Das Maschinengewehr 08.

Das Maschinengewehr 08 : Auszug aus dem Unterrichtsbuch für die Maschinengewehr
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:348181]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry Hayes Papers

Account Statement, To: Joseph M. Warner in Account with Owners of the Ship Tontine, April 23, 1824

Account Statement, To: Joseph M. Warner in Account with Owners of the Ship Tontine, April 23, 1824

Series LVIII Ships’ Papers (22 item added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:318371]

Receipt, To: Mate for Wages Owed From: Captain Joseph M. Warner, March 27, 1824

Receipt, To: Mate for Wages Owed From: Captain Joseph M. Warner, March 27, 1824

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Content Roundup – Second Week – June 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 12, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup

As the temperatures heat up, we have a few new offerings this week to interest your reading palate:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Our Young Aeroplane Scouts (3 issues)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351285]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350793]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:351033]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry Hayes Papers

Series LVIII Ships’ Papers (60 item added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:318371]

Joseph McGarrity Collection


Newspapers

Vossische Zeitung (12 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:350095]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Events

“An Evening with Jack Coen and Carol Thompson”, March 26, 1992 (18 audio files added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:351570]

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Content Roundup – First Week – June 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: June 6, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Postcard, To: PFC W. Myers From: Harry A. Myers, April 15, 1919.

Postcard, To: PFC W. Myers From: Harry A. Myers, April 15, 1919.

Significant progress continues on the digitization and description of the Barry-Hayes Collection, with 88 items newly available this week. As well, an issue of the super-sized edition of the newspaper Brother Jonathan makes a debut, as well as a smattering of other newspaper issues, and a continuation of the Bride of the Tomb podcast. If you have fallen behind in the bi-weekly episodes, not to fret, as once completed, the chapters will be repackaged into an entire audio book and available through a single download. A number of Great War postcards are also newly available for viewing!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Brother Jonathan for Christmas, and New-Years 1854.

Brother Jonathan for Christmas, and New-Years 1854.

Brother Jonathan (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350772]

The Spare Change Library Podcast

The Bride of the Tomb (Chapter 34)
[http://dimenovels.org/Podcast/About/?file=SCL-20140605-Mittie-BotT-34.mp3]

Great War

Postcard, "Fortress that parleys is half taken", [n.d.]

Postcard, “Fortress that parleys is half taken”, [n.d.]

Postcards (8 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350588]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350572]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350560]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350564]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350568]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350576]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350580]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:350584]

Independence Seaport Museum

Barry Hayes Papers

Receipt, To: Ship Tontine From: Snyder & Myers, March 1, 1822.

Receipt, To: Ship Tontine From: Snyder & Myers, March 1, 1822.

Series LVIII Ships’ Papers (88 item added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:318371]


Joseph McGarrity Collection


Newspapers

Masthead and lead title,  Vossische Zeitung, No 577, Evening Edition, November 12, 1914.

Masthead and lead title,
Vossische Zeitung, No 577, Evening Edition, November 12, 1914.

Vossische Zeitung (29 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:350095]

Postcard, "A Militia Camp", [n.d.]

Postcard, “A Militia Camp”, [n.d.]

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eBook available: Pretty Geraldine

Pretty GeraldineOur efforts to create eBook editions of the works of Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller, which began well over a year ago with The Bride of the Tomb; and Queenie’s Terrible Secret, continue today with the release of Pretty Geraldine, the New York Sales Girl.

Pretty Geraldine, a tale of romance between an aspiring actress and a New York fireman, is actually rather tame by Mrs. Miller’s standards, with fewer murders and outrageous coincidences than readers might have come to expect. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a couple of wild moments, or that it is completely lacking in interest. This title finds Mrs. Miller in a particularly self-referential mood; not only does she quote her own poetry extensively, but she also has her heroine starring in a play adapted from one of her earlier novels, Laurel Vane. Not content to cite herself alone, she also includes poetry by other story paper serialists like Francis S. Smith and May Agnes Fleming.

You can read the whole book online (or download it in several popular eBook formats) at Project Gutenberg. We’ll keep the Mrs. Miller coming as time permits!

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