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Content Roundup – Late July – 2020

Photograph, Connelly Center (Architects drawing, interior), c. 1978

We present items digitized earlier this semester and published over these last weeks including: more story-papers and newspapers including issues the Gaelic American; 5 minute books from the Irish American Club, as well as more photographs of Connelly Center featuring the building’s construction.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Selection p. [5], The New York Ledger, v. XIII, no. 34, October 31, 1857

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622165]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622177]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection, The Gaelic American – Vol. XXI, No. 9, March 1, 1924, Whole Number 1068

The Gaelic American (1924: 9 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622351]

Villanova Digital Collection

Photographs

Photograph, Connelly Center construction (interior fireplace), May, 1979

Connelly Center photographs, construction (10 added):
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620523]


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Travel the world through maps!

Many people’s summer travel plans have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still get a taste of places near and far through our newly-launched website, Projecting the World: An Audio Tour of the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. This website provides a virtual tour of the Smith Antique Map Collection, pairing digital images of maps and illustrations with audio commentary from their collector, Mr. Smith. This trip also involves time travel as these materials span the 16th through the 21st centuries.

Map of the Bahamas and surrounding islands

A new chart of the Bahama Islands and the windward passage.

Set sail for the Bahamas in this beautifully colored map from 1749. Besides the islands, the map depicts the shallow areas of the Bahama Bank and the Grand Bahama Bank, which posed a danger to ships.

Map of Europe in the shape of a queen

Map of Europe as queen.

Take a flight of fancy to Europe in this image that rearranges the countries of that continent to resemble a queen. This may not be useful as a map for getting around, but it is certainly an eye-catching image!

Photo of Earth from space

The planet Earth.

You can even do some space travel in this collection! This 2004 image of the Earth from space is one example of how human spaceflight has drastically changed our perspective on our planet.

Map of Pennsylvania

A map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the improved parts of that Province, but also its extensive frontiers.

If you want to stay closer to home, take a road trip across this marvelous map of Pennsylvania from 1775. Watch out for the Great Swamp and the Endless Mountains!

These are just a few of the many places you can explore through Projecting the World, so be sure to visit the site for more virtual travel adventures near and far.

This project, like so many things, has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, the website currently only presents selected materials from the collection for which both an image and a recording are available. To view all of the items in the Smith Antique Map Collection, view the records in the library’s catalog.


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eBook available: Two American Boys in the War Zone

Another book from our Digital Library has passed through the Distributed Proofreaders process and into Project Gutenberg. Like many of our recent releases, this is a juvenile novel written and set during the first World War: Levi Worthington Green’s Two American Boys in the War Zone.

The novel, a direct sequel to the author’s The Boy Fugitives in Mexico, has a pair of brothers separated from their father while on vacation in Russia. The father’s ability to speak German leads to his arrest as a possible spy, and the boys make a long and dangerous journey to find their way home to their mother. While the shadow of the war hangs over the novel and influences some of its major events, the author’s focus seems more on providing an incident-filled travelogue of Russia than on describing key events of the conflict.

This book was marketed to children by a major publisher in 1915, but it would not receive the same treatment today. The author clearly meant to paint the titular siblings in a heroic light, but their depicted attitudes toward race and violence provide a few genuinely shocking moments for the contemporary reader. While the novel is decidedly inappropriate as a piece of family entertainment, it might offer some insight for the cultural historian.

The full text of the book can be read online or downloaded in popular eBook formats through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – middle July – 2020

From the first two weeks of July, here are items digitized earlier this year and published over these last weeks including: more story-papers and newspapers including issues of the Wayne Suburban, and the Gaelic American, and photographs of Connelly Center.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

p. [7], title page

Lightfoot, the scout, or, Tracks on the trail / by L. A. Jones
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:616453]

Periodicals

Selection, [209] p., The Youth’s companion, v. XXXVI [sic XXXVII], no. 53, Thursday, December 31, 1863

Youth’s Companion (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609909]

Selection [1] p., The New York Ledger, v. XIII, no. 32, October 17, 1857

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622141]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622153]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American – Vol. XX, No. 28, July 14, 1923, Whole Number 1035

The Gaelic American (1923: 29 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:348816]

Radnor Historical Society

Newspapers

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 26, no. 49, March 17, 1911

Suburban Wayne Times (1910-1911, 24 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]

Villanova Digital Collections

Photographs and Illustrations

19 photographs added from VUA 35 from various collections
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:189101]

Connelly Center photographs

Photograph, Students relaxing outside Connelly Center, undated

19 Connelly Center photographs (Exterior) added from VUA 41
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622133]


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Available for proofreading: Boys of the Central

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is a novel of high school life that was published in Boston in 1896: Boys of the Central, by Ida Treadwell Thurston. This book, mostly forgotten for more than a century, will soon be much more accessible, and you can help make it happen. With the help of a team of volunteers, the page images from our Digital Library will be turned into a Project Gutenberg eBook through a simple web-based process. Anyone can join in and help; it’s simply a matter of reading our Proofreading the Digital Library post and then visiting the project page to begin work. Stay tuned; in a few months, a complete, corrected text will be freely available for anyone to read. At that point, we’ll probably have a bit more to say about the contents of the book!


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Content Roundup – Third and Fourth Weeks – June 2020

The middle two weeks of June 2020 have passed us, and here we present items digitized earlier this semester and published over these last weeks including: more story-papers and newspapers including issues of the Wayne Suburban, and the Gaelic American; 5 minute books from the Irish American Club, as well, more 2020 Undergraduate Honors Theses and more Villanova Graduate Theses from 1965 and photographs of Connelly Center.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

[185] p.,The Youth’s companion, v. XXXVI [sic XXXVII], no. 47, Thursday, November 19, 1863

Youth’s Companion (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609917]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609925]

Irish American Club

Ledger, Stuarts Monthly Due Ledger, No. 190, for lodges,societies, clubs, etc., Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Minute Books (5 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566505]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American – Vol. XIX, No. 35, September 2, 1922, Whole Number 990

The Gaelic American (1922 completed: 49 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:348815]

Pennsylvaniana Collection

Radnor Historical Society

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 23, no. 13, July 5, 1907.

Suburban Wayne Times (1907 completed: 39 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621968]

Celeste Morello

p. 20, Historical Marker application documents, Philadelphia Historical Commission, La Banca Calabrese (The Calabrian Bank), March 2019

Historic Designation Applications (3 added: Calabrian Bank, St. Augustine’s Church, Cover Pages)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:603864]

Villanova Digital Collection

Graduate theses (1965 completed: 4 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]

Undergraduate Honors Theses (2020 completed: 14 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621873]

Connelly Center Photographs

Photograph, Connelly Center (Exterior), undated

Connelly Center (Exterior) photographs (12 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622133]


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eBook available: The Sundered Streams

Another book from our Digital Library has made its way through Distributed Proofreaders into Project Gutenberg.

The Sundered Streams: The History of a Memory That Had No Full Stops was the first published novel by Reginald Farrer, an author better known for his non-fiction works on gardening. The novel’s plot takes some startling twists and turns — especially given that the work was published in 1907 — but the plot often takes the back seat to a verbose and tangent-prone narrative. Some of these tangents touch on subjects close to Farrer’s heart; while plants are seldom mentioned, Buddhism plays a very significant role in the plot, and a one still-relevant aside discusses the timeless popularity of Jane Austen’s works.

If you want to take a look for yourself, the whole book is freely available on Project Gutenberg for online reading or download in a variety of popular eBook formats.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – June 2020

This week, we offer more content digitized earlier in the year: two story paper issues, more newspaper issues and more Honors and Graduate Theses, recent and older.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

The Boys’ world, v. 21, no. 41, October 14, 1922

Boys’ World (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618914]

The Youth’s companion, v. XXXVI [sic XXXVII], no. 45, Thursday, November 5, 1863

Youth’s Companion (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609933]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American

The Gaelic American – Vol. XVIII, No. 51, December 17, 1921, Whole Number 953

1921: 16 issues added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:344589]

1922: 3 issues added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:348815]

Villanova Digital Collection

Undergraduate Honors Theses, (2020: 12 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621873]

Graduate theses

1965: 8 added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]

1966: 5 added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620487]


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From the Archives: DCDE Adds New Public User Interface for Finding Aids

By Beaudry Rae Allen

Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement is proud to announce our finding aids are now publicly available and searchable through our VuFind catalog and a public user interface through ArchivesSpace. ArchivesSpace is discovery portal for archival and other unique materials at Villanova University.

This means greater access to our collections, especially for the University Archives, which has not had any detailed content information made public before. As of today, Special Collections’ finding aids for manuscript collections and all the Villanova Presidents’ papers from 1870s to 1980s are publicly accessible. In addition, some finding aids will have links to digitized content in our digital library.

Over the course of the next year, expect to see more University Archives finding aids from other areas of the University published.

ArchivesSpace, new public user interface

ArchivesSpace, new public user interface

The new public interface for finding aids will allow you to search by repositories, collections, subjects, record type, keywords, and dates. However, it is important to note that once you find what you are looking for, you will need to email archives@villanova.edu to request access or get more information about the collection.

These access points are critical to the library’s mission of discovery and access to resources. Searchable finding aids will allow researchers find more of our primary source material holdings and conduct more thorough research with our materials.

What are Finding Aids?

Finding aids are descriptive tools that provide information about the archival documents held in a collection. Researchers use finding aids to help determine whether a collection of archival materials contains the documents, photographs, etc. that they might need to consult for their research project.

A finding aid typically consists of contextual and structural information about an archival collection. This includes information about the collection, such as acquisition and processing; provenance, including administrative history or biographical note; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization, and arrangement; and an inventory of the items or folder titles.

Guide to James D. Reap World War II collection

Guide to James D. Reap World War II collection

A long time coming

Getting the finding aids online has been a two-year endeavor. Special Collections had finding aids in HTML and PDF formats on its website, but not integrated with the Library catalog system, and University Archives had some partial inventories in a content management system called Archivist Toolkit or in Microsoft Word documents, but nothing comprehensively organized and described, all of which has made access to our information disjointed and incomplete.

The first step was implementing a new content management system, ArchivesSpace, and migrating inventories from the previous system and converting the HTML, PDF, and Microsoft Word documents into XML to be imported into ArchivesSpace.

The new system allowed description to more nuanced and structured in a way for easier user navigation. Moreover, the migration required a lot of clean up of data and standardizing description. Our student assistants, Kamryn Dow and Emma Poley, assisted in cleaning up our metadata.

We also received help from Access Coordinators Mike Sgier and Gerald Dierkes, who are cleaning up the component unique identifiers and folder locations of the University Archives collections. While metadata clean-up has been in process, Library IT Developer Geoff Scholl helped set up the ArchivesSpace public interface for the finding aids, and Library IT Director Demian Katz integrated ArchivesSpace with Vufind.

Catalog list of finding aids

VuFind catalog list of finding aids

This project is just a step in the continued work of DCDE to enhance access to our collections.

 


Beaudry Rae Allen is Preservation and Digital Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.


 


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Content Roundup – First Week – June 2020

This week, we offer more content digitized earlier in the year: a Dime Novel, story paper issues, newspaper issues, a Leprechaun statuette from the Joseph McGarrity Collection, and more Honors and Graduate Theses as well as many of the 2020 Falvey Scholars papers!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collections

Fiction

My Brother and I and the little captain (from The Sabbath Library)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620434]

Periodicals

Boys’ World (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618902]

The Youth’s companion, v. XXXVI [sic XXXVII], no. 43, Thursday, October 22, 1863

Youth’s Companion (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609957]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609949]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609941]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American – Vol. XVIII, No. 9, February 26, 1921, Whole Number 911

The Gaelic American (5 issues added from 1921)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:344589]

Realia – Prints – Plates

Leprechaun statuette
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566971]

Villanova Digital Collection

Undergraduate Honors Theses (2020: 1 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621873]

Falvey Scholars (2020: 4 essays added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621874]

Graduate theses (1965: 9 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]


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Last Modified: June 5, 2020