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Now in proofreading: Sybil Chase

Sybil ChaseOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another early Beadle’s Dime Novel written by Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, who also happens to be the author of the very first book in the series, Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter. This title, Sybil Chase; or, The Valley Ranche, is a self-described “tale of California life,” first published in 1861.

If you are interested in helping create a modern electronic edition of this vintage book, first read our earlier post about the proofreading system, then proceed to the project page.

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Content Roundup – First Week – September 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: September 5, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
[1] p. detail, The People's Home Journal, v. XI, no. 11, November 1896.

[1] p. detail, The People’s Home Journal, v. XI, no. 11, November 1896.

This week finds September starting and a few new title to browse, including two story papers issues, more Villanova Graduate Theses, and a few other treasures:

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Boy volunteers on the Belgian front / by Kenneth Ward
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358973]


Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357228]

People’s Home Journal (1 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359167]

Pennsylvaniana

[2] p., H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation

[2] p., H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation

H. F. Dittmann: a valediction and an appreciation / James Arnold
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355427]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1962 (23 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359197]

1963 (34 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359566]


World

Photograph, Standing German Officer, [n.d].

Photograph, Standing German Officer, [n.d].

German Carte-de-visites (collection created and 1 photograph added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:352819]

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Content Roundup – Last Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 29, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover,  Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 4, January 22, 1916.

Front cover,
Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 4, January 22, 1916.

A variety of newly available materials are presented for your reading and listening pleasure. Included in this end of August trove are: issues of the local newspaper from 1913-1915: the Ardmore Chronicle; new story paper issues; audio files from the Philadelphia Ceili Group; new Villanova Masters Theses; and a host of rare pamphlets.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357430]

Comfort (1 partial issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357396]

Happy Days (1 issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357210]

Happy Hours (1 partial issue)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357348]

Flora, Fauna, and the Human Form

“The Truth about Vivisection” : a reply to an article by Ernest Harold Baynes
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356796]

Great War

Might vs. Right : an appeal for fair play / by Emma C. Bergdoll
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356704]

War Camp Community Service, a retrospect
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356722]

The Crime of the Congo and the German atrocities : a study of thrills and horrors with an appendix
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356674]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Front cover,  Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXV, No. 12, Saturday, December 20, 1913.

Front cover,
Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXV, No. 12, Saturday, December 20, 1913.

1913 (24 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357842]

1914 (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]

1915 (11 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358337]

Pennsylvaniana

Philadelphia Physicians Actually in Military Service
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357489]

In memoriam : Henry Houck, Pennsylvania’s beloved educator, 1836-1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355457]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Ambient Recording of a Ceili), 1979 (3 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359447]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1961 (36 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358972]

1962 (33 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:359197]

World Collection

Intercourse Between Bolshevism and Sinn Fein / presented to Parliment by Command of his Majesty
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358236]

p. 2, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVI, No. 25, Saturday, March 27, 1915.

p. 2, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVI, No. 25, Saturday, March 27, 1915.

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eBook available: On an Irish Jaunting-car

On an Irish Jaunting-carOur latest completed Distributed Proofreaders project is Samuel G. Bayne’s On an Irish Jaunting-car through Donegal and Connemara, the author’s commentary on a trip to explore a variety of scenic and historic sites in Ireland.

The book is rather peculiar, mixing stretches historical summary and topographical description with personal observations and anecdotes. Neither the terrain nor the author’s journey is given enough detail to make this feel like either a travel narrative or a travel guide; instead, it reads more like a lightly edited personal notebook.

While it doesn’t exactly provide a satisfying whole, the book does contain a variety of unusual little episodes, such as this description (accompanied by a photo) of transporting livestock by curragh:

We had a drove of pigs on board, and their feet were tied together with ropes, the four in a bunch, and the animals piled up in the curraghs till the boats would hold no more; then they were taken near the shore, liberated, and allowed to swim to land themselves. Their squealing and grunting was like an untrained Wagnerian band. There was a cow on board, and she was pushed from the gangway by main strength, plunging headlong into the waves; there was a short pause, when she reappeared, swam ashore, shook herself, and unconcernedly began eating grass, none the worse for her bath.

Swimming Cow

The rest of the book, which includes many further photographs, can be viewed online or downloaded in a variety of popular electronic formats at Project Gutenberg.

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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 22, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup

This week brings the exciting conclusion to the reading of the dime novel, The Bride of the Tomb. Soon a complete edition of this 40 chapter spellbinder will be available for your listening pleasure. Take a moment as you listen to Bride, to review some of our other new offerings including issues of the 1915 Ardmore Chronicle and other choice offerings!


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Happy Days (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357192]

X-Ray Stove Polish Ad,     The People's Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 1, January 1906.

X-Ray Stove Polish Ad, The People’s Home Journal, v. XXI, no. 1, January 1906.

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358195]

The Spare Change Library Podcast

Bride of the Tomb, last 2 chapters (39-40)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:286583]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVI, No. 13, Saturday January 2, 1915.

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVI, No. 13, Saturday January 2, 1915.

1915 (13 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358337]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

“Celtic Epic Poems, Heroic Cycles”, 1979.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358840]

“Forms of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance”, 1979.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358225]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1959 (18 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358392]

1960 (29 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:358755]

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Now in proofreading: The Fiction Factory

The Fiction FactoryWe’ve previously written a little about prolific dime novel author William Wallace Cook in posts related to his Motor Stories series. Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is Cook’s quirky, pseudonymously-written memoir, The Fiction Factory. There aren’t many insider books about the dime novel industry, so this is an important title for the study of the form.

If you are interested in helping create a modern electronic edition of this vintage book, first read our earlier post about the proofreading system, then proceed to the project page.

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Content Roundup – Third Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 15, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup

This week sees a few new items to peruse as the end of the summer approaches quickly.


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356439]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356449]


Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVI, No. 7, Saturday, November 21, 1914.

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVI, No. 7, Saturday, November 21, 1914.

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

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Content Roundup – Second Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 8, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Théatre du Palais-Royal, Le Théatre, Octobre-II, 1900, no. 44.

Théatre du Palais-Royal,
Le Théatre, Octobre-II, 1900, no. 44.

This week sees us rushing to the beginning of the Fall Semester, so take a moment and slow down and appreciate some newly digitized vintage content, including two new Young Adult Great War series novels and listen to the penultimate episode of the podcast reading of the Bride of the Tomb!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Boy volunteers with the British artillery / by Kenneth Ward
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357014]

The Dreadnought boys on aero service / by Captain Wilbur Lawton
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356139]

Periodicals

The Paragon monthly, January 1908.

The Paragon monthly, January 1908.

Paragon Monthly (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356640]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356614]


The Spare Change Library Podcast

The Bride of the Tomb (Chapter 38 addded)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:286583]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXV, No. 50, Saturday, September 19, 1914

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXV, No. 50, Saturday, September 19, 1914

Ardmore Chronicle

1913 (2 issue added)
[http://hades.library.villanova.edu/diglibmaster/Item/vudl:357842]

1914 (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]


Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Purple and Gold (13 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:207468]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate Theses

1957 (25 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356973]

1958 (24 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:357571]

World Collection

 Le Théatre, Octobre-II, 1900, no. 44.


Le Théatre, Octobre-II, 1900, no. 44.

Le Théatre (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:47969]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:49104]

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eBook available: The Spruce Street Tragedy

Spruce Street TragedyOur latest completed Project Gutenberg eBook is The Spruce Street Tragedy; or, Old Spicer Handles a Double Mystery, part of the Old Cap. Collier Library of detective-themed dime novels, and one of several titles featuring tall, thin, aging Mark Spicer as the hero.

Dime novel detective stories tended to focus less on mystery than on action. This was likely a practical matter, given the speed at which dime novels were usually written; it is far easier to write a series of chase scenes and fights than to devise a puzzle for the reader to unravel.

The Spruce Street Tragedy doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from the crowd; while the story begins with a detailed description of a crime scene, it soon turns into a simple pursuit narrative punctuated by violent confrontations. The actual story doesn’t hold up very well to close scrutiny, and some of the writing is astonishingly lazy, as in this sequence, where Old Spicer obtains the key to a hotel room in order to spy on a criminal:

“What’s the number of the room over twenty-four?”

The landlord considered the question for a moment and then said:

“Thirty-six.”

“Good! give me the key to thirty-six.”

“What do you want of it, sir?”

Old Spicer gave him a hurried but plausible explanation.

The key was at once handed to him.

The reader is never filled in on the details of this “plausible explanation,” likely because the author didn’t have time to come up with them.

If the book has any redeeming feature, it may be the publisher’s catalog at the back, which advertises an astonishing range of bizarre-sounding detective adventures. While it is very likely that none of them are much better than this tale, it’s still hard to resist learning more about such heroes as Old Humpey, the Dwarf Detective or Zeb Taylor, the Puritan Detective!

The entire book (including the catalog) can now be found at Project Gutenberg, where it can be read online or downloaded in a variety of popular electronic formats.

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Content Roundup – First Week – August 2014

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: August 1, 2014
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
p. 22,  More stories of the three pigs / by Sarah Grames Clark ; illustrated by Bess Bruce Cleaveland.

p. 22, More stories of the three pigs / by Sarah Grames Clark ; illustrated by Bess Bruce Cleaveland.

This week finds a number of new titles available for your summer reading and research pleasure, including:

Catholica

Constitutiones diœcesanæ in synodis philadelphiensibus, annis 1832, 1842, 1847, 1853, 1855, et 1857 latae et promulgatae
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:258474]


St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine’s Church
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356011]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

The story of Belgium / by William Elliot Griffis, D.D., L.H.D.
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355746]

More stories of the three pigs / by Sarah Grames Clark ; illustrated by Bess Bruce Cleaveland
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355708]

Moni the goat-boy / by Johanna Spyri ; translated by Rea McCain ; illustrated by Antoinette Inglis
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:355783]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle (1914: 4 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356010]

Pennsylvaniana

Address by Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler to the members of the Union League of Philadelphia at Founder’s Day Celebration held Saturday evening, November 27th, 1915
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356778]

[3] p., The Housing Problem in Philadelphia.

[3] p., The Housing Problem in Philadelphia.

The Housing Problem in Philadelphia : a Lecture / by George W. Norris, President of the Philadelphia Housing Commission
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356476]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Purple and Gold (14 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:207468]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Scholars

2014 (4 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:354482]

Graduate Theses

1954 (28 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356117]

1955 (33 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356519]

1956 (16 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:356875]

Undergraduate Honors Theses

2014 (32 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:353118]

Purple and Gold, v. 5 [i.e., 4], no. 2, November 1912.

Purple and Gold, v. 5 [i.e., 4], no. 2, November 1912.

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