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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Daring Rescue

Motor Matt's Daring RescueThe eleventh adventure from the Motor Stories series is available on Project Gutenberg today thanks to the efforts of the Distributed Proofreaders project and images provided by our Digital Library.

In Motor Matt’s Daring Rescue; or, The Strange Case of Helen Brady, Helen Brady has disappeared, and Motor Matt needs to join forces with an unlikely ally to help restore her freedom. The issue is filled out with “A Fall to Fortune,” a highly improbable tale of a balloon demonstration gone wrong (and then right).

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


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Content Roundup – Second Week – February 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: February 13, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 11, no. 569, July 10, 1886

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 11, no. 569, July 10, 1886

This week finds a number of significant new titles added to the online offerings, including six issues of the very rare story paper “the Boys of New York”, more issues of the “Catholic Standard and Times”, more issues of the “Ardmore Chronicle”, additional uncollected personal papers from the Joseph McGarrity Papers collection, and a host of other treasures! Sit back, read, and stay warm!

Catholica

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times

1913 (19 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:376835]

1914 (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:368816]

Dime novel and Popular Literature Collection

Fiction

The Boy Allies with the Flying Squadron
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385779]

Two American boys with the Dardanelles battle fleet
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:386047]

Paratextual Materials

Trade card, from Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner

Trade card, from Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner

Trade card featuring a girl feeding salami to a dog and cat, from Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387022]

Enclosure, J. S. Oglivie Publishing Company
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387026]

Periodicals

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 13, no. 633, October 1, 1887

Front cover, The Boys of New York : a paper for young Americans, v. 13, no. 633, October 1, 1887

Boys of New York (6 issues added, collection created)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387487]

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. VII, no. 168, Saturday April 18, 1891

Front cover, Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. VII, no. 168, Saturday April 18, 1891

Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:289367]

New York Ledger (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387469]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXVIII, No. 21, Saturday, February 24, 1917

Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXVIII, No. 21, Saturday, February 24, 1917

1916 (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:366658]

1917 (3 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387825]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

Ireland’s appeal to America 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387803]

Personal Papers

Letter, To: "All ranks in the Army" From: Liam Lynch, February 9, 1923.

Letter, To: “All ranks in the Army” From: Liam Lynch, February 9, 1923.

Uncollected Joseph McGarrity Papers (collection created and 3 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387826]

Roman Catholic High School Alumni Association

Journals, Newspapers, and Yearbooks

The Catholic High School Journal

Front cover, The Catholic High School Journal, v. V, no. 3, November 1896

Front cover, The Catholic High School Journal, v. V, no. 3, November 1896

1896 Volume IV (6 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:371327]

1896 Volume V (4 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:385093]

1897 Volume VI (5 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385138]

1897-1898 Volume VII (10 added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385238]

Letter, To: Joseph McGarrity From: Eamon De Valera, April 6, 1921

Letter, To: Joseph McGarrity From: Eamon De Valera, April 6, 1921


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eBook available: Averil

AverilToday’s eBook release, Averil by Rosa Nouchette Carey, is one of countless British novels that reached American audiences through inexpensive (and frequently unauthorized) paper-covered editions. The text of the new electronic edition comes from one such series of reprints, F. M. Lupton’s Arm Chair Library.

While these cheap editions often resemble their contemporaries, the dime novels, their content is often less sensational. That is certainly the case for Averil, which, despite a few dramatic incidents, is primarily a quiet tale about a sickly, spiritual woman who tries to befriend an orphaned cousin and aid the poor while being taken advantage of by selfish relatives.

The entire text of the book may now be read online (or downloaded in common electronic formats) through Project Gutenberg.


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Trench Art

Posted for Alison Dolbier, Digital Library Intern Spring 2015

War is “months of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.” (Letter to the London Times, November 1914) How do thousands of young men, with little to entertain them, break up the tedium? During the Great War, the extreme monotony of trench warfare combined with a relatively new and plentiful source of material, in the form of brass cartridges, led to a boom in creativity. Soldiers produced prodigious amounts of art by carving bones, melting aluminum and casting it in the mud, or pounding out items from expended brass. A Canadian soldier crafted an entire tea set for his mother from shell casings.

Trench art includes items made from found objects by soldiers, sailors, POWs, and civilians at the front, behind the lines, in hospitals, or at home. The term originated with World War I, but armed forces throughout history have created art. Any surface was liable to be decorated. The paintings on airplane fuselages are a very visible and popular form of art from World War II. Currently on exhibit on the first floor of Falvey Library is an embellished World War II duffel bag from our Reap collection.

As seen in National Geographic, soldiers in World War I created amazing graffiti in the caves, quarries, and wine cellars of France and Belgium. No simple “Kilroy was here,” these carvings were elaborate and painstakingly carved symbols, relief sculptures, and memorials.

A trench art mess gong fashioned from three different sized cartridges ornaments Villanova’s Special Collections library.
Two large caliber shells support a casing gong with a striker, made from a 30.06 cartridge, resting alongside. It is labeled for use in the “Sergeant’s Mess,”

indicating that it was most likely created by British or Commonwealth troops for the non-commissioned officer’s dining facilities. American troops traditionally had only an officers’ and an enlisted men’s mess.

Beyond art’s function as record or monument, we do not normally link it with war. Yet, like diaries, letters home, or scrapbooks, art can be an expression of memory, history, and collective experience. As such, it is an important part of the war record and a valuable connection. Trench art provided, and continues to provide, an escape from ennui, an outlet for emotion, and mental exercise for soldiers under extreme conditions and far from home.


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Letters from the Past

Posted for Marjorie L. Haines, Digital Library Intern, Spring 2015

Transcribing historical letters has been one of the most fascinating and enjoyable tasks required in my work with special collections. It generally requires reading personal correspondences from the past and diving into the history of the authors. Imagine a librarian, 100 years from now, reading your descriptive emails home to your parents, your embarrassing facebook messages to your friends, or even those angry texts sent to an ex-lover. What sort of telling anecdotes could be gleaned from your supposedly private conversations?

My first assigned letters to read at Villanova University were those sent from Eleanor M.S. Thackara (“Ellie”) to her father, William T. Sherman [http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35563; http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35568; http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:35578]. In her correspondence, Ellie updates her Papa on such events as her recent visit to her mother and the welfare of her own baby. Most prominently seen in this trio of letters, however, are Eleanor and her husband’s plans to move to a new house. It is a costly venture….for which Ellie requests her father’s funding. The manipulation incorporated into these letters strongly reminisces of a child’s request for money from their parents in the modern age. Ellie begins her letters with expressions of adoration for the new residence, which she claims to be both aesthetic and practical in location; she convinces her father that this place is the best option, and what father would not want the best for his daughter? Next, she laments the costs involved with the move and references an offer of financial aid previously made by her father. She does not merely suggest he uphold his promise, but very considerately acknowledges that he may not have the funds or desire to assist in the manner which she proposes. Of course this thoughtfulness would inspire likewise kindness. After receiving confirmation of her father’s agreement to send funds, Ellie requests further finances, by describing her concern that she will have to sell some of her Government Bonds in order to furnish the new home. William must have felt compelled to take care of his darling daughter, based on her response. When it comes to heartfelt thanks, Eleanor excels in expressing herself.

“You will just fix us nicely by sending the surplus check each month. Many thanks. What would we do without our father & friends especially the former.” (Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back.)

It seems some interactions transcend time.

Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back

Letter, To: “My dear Papa” (William T. Sherman) From: Ellie, October 3, 1881, Back


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eBook available: Six Bad Husbands and Six Unhappy Wives

  • Posted by: Demian Katz
  • Posted Date: February 10, 2015
  • Filed Under: Project Gutenberg

Six Bad Husbands and Six Unhappy WivesThe latest completed Distributed Proofreaders project drawn from our collection is Ella Wheeler Wilcox‘s Six Bad Husbands and Six Unhappy Wives, a collection of six brief sketches of marriages gone wrong, intended as cautionary tales for young women and written with a bit of tongue in cheek. While societal roles have changed significantly since the publication of this volume, it would seem that some of the ways in which people miscommunicate have not.

The entire (and quite brief) work can now be read online or downloaded in eBook format through Project Gutenberg. It’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 


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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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