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Content Roundup – Last Week – May 2017

Front cover, The Liberty Boys' lightning work; or, Too fast for the British / by Harry Moore

Front cover, The Liberty Boys’ lightning work; or, Too fast for the British / by Harry Moore

NEW NEW NEW – This week look at rare Dime Novels – Story Paper issues – and a host of Great War Pennsylvania service records – all available at your desktop! Of especial note is a photograph album from Villanova College circa 1917.

Dime Novels and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Liberty Boys’ lightning work; or, Too fast for the British / by Harry Moore.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:484626]

Periodicals

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 43, Saturday, October 27, 1900

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 43, Saturday, October 27, 1900

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483854]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:484314]

Golden Hours (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483814]

Cover illustration, selection, from: The People's Home Journal, v. IX, no. 5, May 1894

Cover illustration, selection, from: The People’s Home Journal, v. IX, no. 5, May 1894

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:484248]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

Delaney, Lawrence E., died: September 24, 1918

Delaney, Lawrence E., died: September 24, 1918

World War I PA Records (38 cards added]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

Villanova Digital Collection

Photographs

Photograph, "Requiem Mass at Villanova", From: Photograph album, Villanova College, circa 1917

Photograph, “Requiem Mass at Villanova”, From: Photograph album, Villanova College, circa 1917

Photograph album, Villanova College, circa 1917
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:484832]


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Content Roundup – Third Week – May 2017

Selection, p. 8, She was intently reading the 'last new novel', The New York family story paper, v. II, no. 103, Sept. 27, 1875

Selection, p. 8, She was intently reading the ‘last new novel’, The New York family story paper, v. II, no. 103, Sept. 27, 1875

As the semester ends, pull out a new novel or other summer reading material and listen to the host of newly digitized Irish folk and traditional music! Other exciting content newly available this week include: more issues of the National Defender newspaper from 1865-66, and story paper issues which bring rare serial fiction to popular and scholarly attention.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 18, Saturday, May 5, 1900

Chicago Ledger, v. XXVIII, no. 18, Saturday, May 5, 1900

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482049]

The New York family story paper, v. II, no. 103, Sept. 27, 1875

The New York family story paper, v. II, no. 103, Sept. 27, 1875

New York Family Story Paper (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483804]

The People's Home Journal, v. IX, no. 3, March 1894

The People’s Home Journal, v. IX, no. 3, March 1894

People’s Home Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482009]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483832]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Masthead, National Defender, v. X, no. 52 [53], Tuesday, August 14, 1866

Masthead, National Defender, v. X, no. 52 [53], Tuesday, August 14, 1866

National Defender (1865: 31 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Pavilion Stage (September 11, 1982 – 6 workshops added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:477881]

Session (19 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483893]

Accordion Workshop (11 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483957]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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Available for proofreading: Secrets of the Harem

The Secrets of the HaremOur latest Distributed Proofreaders project is a tiny chapbook from the Multum in Parvo Library, which described itself as “the smallest magazine in the world” and covered an unusual assortment of subject matter. The particular issue in question is The Secrets of the Harem, a work which was almost certainly intended to pique the curiosity of its audience rather than convey useful or accurate information. Regardless of its utility or political correctness, it remains an interesting piece of ephemera, showing one of the ways publishers tried to entice readers in the late 19th century.

To help create a new electronic edition of this text, first read how the process works in this earlier blog post, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – May 2017

[79], Insert 3, back, Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919

[79], Insert 3, back, Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919

New this week: several story paper issues, a newspaper EXTRA from the National Defender, and a Great War scrapbook.

This work, kept by Captain Francis Bolton Elwell, an American officer serving in combat on the Western Front from New Haven CT, covers his service in World War 1 from November 27,1917 to June 20,1919, and includes numerous intact diplomas and orders – leave statements – American Express statements – intelligence reports about the enemy being active during the day – Americans observing bottles of Cognac – photographs – play bills – telegrams – tickets – and newspaper clippings.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

[1], Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 17, Saturday, April 26, 1902

[1], Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 17, Saturday, April 26, 1902

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479364]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482031]

[401] p. , The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 25, Whole Number 55, Saturday, June 19, 1841

[401] p. , The New World, Quarto Edition, v. II, no. 25, Whole Number 55, Saturday, June 19, 1841

New World (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472910]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472928]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472946]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:474642]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:474658]

15 p., The People's Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 8, August 1893

15 p., The People’s Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 8, August 1893

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:481991]

Great War

[1], Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919

[1], Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919

Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482844]

Document 7, front cover, - London Hippodrome "Jigsaw!" Programme.

Document 7, front cover, – London Hippodrome “Jigsaw!” Programme.

Supplements to Francis Bolton Elwell Scrapbook: 1917-1919
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482565]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender

Defender-Extra, February 6, 1867
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:483790]


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Content Roundup – First Week – May 2017

Pledge Form: "Starvation Insurance for ... German Children," Issued by: American Committee for Relief of German Children

Pledge Form: “Starvation Insurance for … German Children,” Issued by: American Committee for Relief of German Children

This week new digital content includes more early dime novels and story paper issues, more early newspaper issues from the National Defender, and a host of German language content related to the Great War from the German Society of Pennsylvania.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Hank the guide : or, The wrong trail / by Harry Hazard
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475843]

Wenona

Wenona

Wenona, the giant chief : or, The forest flower / by W.J. Hamilton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482479]


Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 8, Saturday, February 22, 1902

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 8, Saturday, February 22, 1902

Chicago Ledger (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479346]

New World (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472838]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472856]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472874]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:472892]

The People's Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 7, July 1893

The People’s Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 7, July 1893

People’s Home Journal (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479382]

The German Society of Pennsylvania

Mittheilungen des Deutsch-Amerikanischen (34 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482478]

Reden an Deutsch-Amerika
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475460]

Kleines Kriegskochbuch.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475534]

Deutsch-Amerika und der Wiederaufbau Deutschlands nach dem Kriege, [1916]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475450]

Amerikas Kriegsziel und Friedensprogramm.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475384]

Deutschlands Not: die Lage der Berufsstände
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475580]

Brochure/Pledge Form: “Starvation Insurance for … German Children,” Issued by: American Committee for Relief of German Children, Minnesota Headquarters, [1924]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475618]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (19 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]


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Content Roundup – Third and Fourth Weeks – April 2017

"Villanova College Varsity Football Squad 1932", [25 verso], Photograph album, Villanova College, 1930

“Villanova College Varsity Football Squad 1932”, [25 verso], Photograph album, Villanova College, 1930

Consider these newly digitized items as you enjoy the heat of Spring!

Americana

Barry Letter photostats (2 letters added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479160]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479156]

Letter, From: James Joyce, Washington, D.C., [1894]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479270]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 4, Saturday, January 25, 1902

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 4, Saturday, January 25, 1902

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479328]

The People's Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 6, June 1893

The People’s Home Journal, v. VIII, no. 6, June 1893

People’s Home Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477515]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477537]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (32 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Independence Seaport Museum

Bethlehem Steel Company Collection

The Unidock, V. 2, No. 2, September, 1930

The Unidock, V. 2, No. 2, September, 1930

The Unidock (9 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:480874]

The Fore River Log, v. V, no. 3, January, 1920

The Fore River Log, v. V, no. 3, January, 1920

The Fore River Log (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480638]

Pennsylvaniana

Celeste A. Morello Collection

Historical Marker application documents, Philadelphia Historical Commission, Home of Charles C. A. Baldi, 2017
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:481638]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

"Devlin, Bernard J., died: November 4, 1918"

“Devlin, Bernard J., died: November 4, 1918”

National Defender, v. X, no. 7, Tuesday, September 19, 1865

National Defender, v. X, no. 7, Tuesday, September 19, 1865

World War I — War Records (17 cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

Villanova Digital Collection

“Deed of Grant,” Protectory Plates to Shea’s History of the Catholic Church in the United States
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479070]

[29, recto]

[29, recto]

Photograph album, Villanova College, 1930
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:482205]


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eBook available: How to Make Candy

candy-193x300For the past few years, we have occasionally worked with Distributed Proofreaders to create Project Gutenberg eBooks of titles from Frank Tousey‘s Ten Cent Hand Book line, a series of inexpensive booklets covering a wide variety of topics from taxidermy to detective work. The most recent addition to this collection of electronic texts is How to Make Candy, which doesn’t serve so well as a contemporary recipe book but is quite fascinating for what it reveals about historical candy-making, which apparently involved such disturbing and dangerous ingredients as tea-cups full of bullock’s blood and the occasional “half a grain” of mercury.

While you obviously should not try this at home, you can find the full text online at Project Gutenberg.


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eBook available: An Old Man’s Darling

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man's Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man’s Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

Our latest Project Gutenberg eBook, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is An Old Man’s Darling by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, another of the author’s early efforts for The New York Family Story Paper, published later in the same year as The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie’s Terrible Secret. In this story, the young heroine receives a dire warning from a seaside fortune teller while visiting Cape May; unfortunately for her, it proves to be all too accurate, and she experiences more than her fair share of murder, deception and heartache before the inevitable happy conclusion.

The full text of the story can be downloaded or read online through Project Gutenberg. Readers might also be interested in looking at the original story paper installments from July 25 and August 1, 1881 to see some illustrations not found in later reprints of the tale.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – April 2017

"Russian Types", [p. 17], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

“Russian Types”, [p. 17], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

This week, sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather and consider reading one of these newly digitized offerings:

Americana Collection

McConihe Family (1 manuscripts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479324]

Front, Receipt, To: Surgeon John Knowlson From: Office of the Assistant-Adjutant-General, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, X Corps, Raleigh, N.C., May 20, 1865

Front, Receipt, To: Surgeon John Knowlson From: Office of the Assistant-Adjutant-General, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, X Corps, Raleigh, N.C., May 20, 1865

War of the Rebellion (28 manuscripts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:469839]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

"On the death of Edgar A. Poe" (poem), p. 1 (selection), from:  National Defender, v. X, no. 2, Tuesday, August 15, 1865,

“On the death of Edgar A. Poe” (poem), p. 1 (selection), from: National Defender, v. X, no. 2, Tuesday, August 15, 1865,

National Defender (35 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Independence Seaport Museum

Bethlehem Steel Company Collection

Front cover, The Fore River Log, v. IV, no. 4, November, 1918

Front cover, The Fore River Log, v. IV, no. 4, November, 1918

The Fore River Log (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480638]

"First Aid in No. 2 Projectile Shop",  Inside rear cover, The Bethlehem Booster, v. 1, no. 20, February 17, 1919

“First Aid in No. 2 Projectile Shop”, Inside rear cover, The Bethlehem Booster, v. 1, no. 20, February 17, 1919

The Bethlehem Booster (14 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480637]

Bethlehem Steel (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479991]

The Unidock (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480874]

Front cover, The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923

Front cover, The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923

The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480797]

World Collection

Selection, [p.  111], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

Selection, [p. 111], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480639]


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eBook available: The Dreadnought Boys in Home Waters

The Dreadnought Boys in Home WatersOur latest eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is the final volume of the Dreadnought Boys series of early 20th-century naval adventures, following our earlier releases of The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice and The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service. This time around, in The Dreadnought Boys in Home Waters, heroes Ned Strong and Herc Taylor are temporarily promoted so that they can command a small ship during a war simulation, but they soon find themselves embroiled in a plot forged by traitors and foreign spies. As usual for the series, there is plenty of action and not a lot of subtlety. To a greater degree than in earlier volumes discussed here, the period’s racism is visible through the book’s decidedly unflattering portrayal of the Japanese. While the book is unlikely to bring much joy to the contemporary reader on its own merits, it does serve as another interesting document of how military themes were being presented to young readers just before the start of World War I.

As usual, the full text of the book may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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