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Content Roundup – Third Week – June 2019

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

Newly digitized this week are a host of new materials including the initial content from the latest Digital Library Partners: the MacSwiney Club and the Radnor Historical Society. Notable additions from these Partner’s include: a minute book from the Irish Club of Philadelphia from the 1880’s, and issues of the Weekly Wayne Gazette which covered the Wayne and Villanova environs in the 1870’s. Other noteworthy content this week include a 1775 map of Pennsylvania from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, more Dime Novel and story paper issues, and more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Cinderella
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565541]

Larry Murtagh’s desperate case; or, Tracing a remarkable abduction / by Bernard Wayde
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565794]

The House of fear; or, The Young duke’s strange quest / by “Old Sleuth”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565057]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565004]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566147]

Detail, p. [57], The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 8, Saturday, February 25, 1854

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563539]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563551]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565137]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565903]

Detail, p. 5,Saturday Night, v. XXIII, no. 14, Saturday, December 5, 1885

Saturday Night (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565200]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564122]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

A map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the improved parts of that Province, but also its extensive frontiers …, 1775:
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566641]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

Realia

3/4 view, Paper embosser, Irish American Club of Philadelphia, June 9, 1888

Paper embosser, Irish American Club of Philadelphia, June 9, 1888
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566647]

Minute Books

3 p., Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), March 4, 1888 – May 4, 1890

Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), March 4, 1888 – May 4, 1890
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566167]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (4 audio files added, completing Tapes 3 & 4)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]

Radnor Historical Society

Detail, p. [1], Weekly Wayne Gazette, v. 1, no. 15, September 2, 1871

Weekly Wayne Gazette (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:566692]

Villanova Digital Collection

2019 Undergraduate Honors Theses (5 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


Content Roundup – Second Week – June 2019

[9] p., Treasure Island

As June’s rains bring new flowers, so newly digitized materials bring new readers and researchers. A number of newly digitized resources are available this week including more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, two maps of Cuba from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, as well more dime novels and story papers including a very rare version of Treasure Island from the Oglivie’s Toy Books series, published in conjunction with a now lost silent film.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection

Fiction

The blazing arrow / by Samuel Fletcher
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561309]

Rear cover

Treasure Island (Oglivie’s Toy Books series)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565525]

Davenport Blake, the Metropolitan detective; or, “Piping” the Harlem mystery / by M. H. Williams
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565593]

Selection, Front cover

The Fatal chair : being the continuation of Old Sleuth Weekly no. 107, entitled: Gardermore [sic] the detective / by Old Sleuth
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565017]

Periodicals

Selection, Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 31, Wednesday, August 3, 1898

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564992]

Selection [1] p., “Spirit Fancies” / Persa S. Lewis, The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 5, Saturday, February 4, 1854.

Flag of Our Union (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563527]

Selection, 149 p., International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 5, no. 10.

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565097]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565117]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

2 Geographical and Topographical Maps of the Island of Cuba, 1873
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565252]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565261]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1978 Fall Festival (3 parts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565393]

Villanova Digital Collection

Undergraduate Honors Theses

2019 (5 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales

Distinctive Collections’ new exhibit on the “moral of the story”

From a treacherous trip to grandma’s house, rags to riches, escaping a witch’s oven, a trickster cat that brings good fortune—these are the tales and imagery that shape our happily ever afters and childhood. These tales seem to not fade away but inspire many generations of retellings and adaptions. While we have Charles Perrault, Madam d’Aulnoy, Hans Christian Andersen, and Grimm Brothers to thank for the dissemination of these beloved works, these tales have enduring presence in our society because the morals and lessons continue to have relevance in our culture today. Beyond the imagination of benevolent godmothers and a goose that lays golden eggs, the core conflicts, struggles, and messages of the stories remain reflective of our world. It is why fairy tale imagery is so popular beyond entertainment, but conspicuous in our everyday lives.  

Distinctive Collections invites you to explore the world of fairy tales and examine the importance of morals in the tales with the new exhibit, Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales. Curated by Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, and Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, the exhibit showcases a selection of fairy tales and fairy tale inspired works from Falvey Memorial Library and Special Collections. The exhibit is located on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library and open to the public throughout the summer. 


Distinctive Summer Reading

Front cover, The Library Book by Susan Orlean

As the summer vacation time starts, here are the books that top the reading piles of the Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement staff. Most if not all of these titles can be found in a local public or academic library and would also be available through resource sharing options. Well stocked online and physical booksellers would also be able to provide copies for interested readers.

From Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist:

An Archive of Feelings / Ann Cvetkovich (About “archiving” trauma so major trigger warning: deals with sexual abuse and trauma)

Ethics for Records and Information Management / Norman Mooradian

Good Omens / Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Republic of Thieves / Scott Lynch

The Fifth Season / NK Jemisin

From Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian Archivist:

I love reading travel narratives year-round, but especially in summer. Reading is a great way to experience other countries when I can’t afford a big trip myself. This summer I’m hoping to “travel” to France, Switzerland, and Morocco with these books: The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France by Ina Caro, Slow Train to Switzerland by Diccon Bewes, and The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shaw.

On the fiction side, I’m looking forward to reading American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera, A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole, and Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart.

From Michael Foight, Director Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement:

Underland: A Deep Time Journey / Robert Macfarlane. Natural underground explorations with extensive coverage of the Paris catacombs.

The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book’s Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey / Margaret Leslie Davis. The story of a missing and then recovered copy of the Gutenberg bible.

Riding in the Zone Rouge / Tom Isitt. A never repeated staged bike race through the uncleared battlefields of France and Belgium in the months after the end of the 1st world war which well deserves the reputation as the most difficult bike ordeal in history.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell: A Novel / Neal Stephenson. Near term futurology fiction on a divided America where truth is elusive.

From Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator:

The Goldfinch / by Donna Tartt. Art and crime! Plus a movie coming out later this summer.

The Library Book / Susan Orlean. Because… a book about libraries! Recommended by lots of people, but most recently by my mother, who’s a retired librarian.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge / by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. This also keeps coming up on my radar, especially in connection with Philadelphia history and the President’s House site at Independence National Historic Park, and public history in general.


Content Roundup – First Week – June 2019

Detail, [1] p., Saturday Night, v. VI, no. 45, Saturday, July 31, 1869

June starts off with hot weather and newly digitized resources for your reading and research needs. Notable this week are an entire volume of 52 issues of the Philadelphia published story paper “Saturday Night”, 4 more treasures from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, a rare photograph album from a Pennsylvania nurse from 1907-1914, the first part of the 1978 Fall Music Festival from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, a travel diary describing a tour of Spain from 1896, and a narrative from the WWII Villanova Veteran, John S. Harkins, Jr. recalling his memories of service at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Hickory Jack, or, The wild man of the woods / by Capt. Latham C. Carleton [i.e. E.S. Ellis]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:560734]

Old Sleuth’s greatest case; or, Caught by the king of all detectives / by “Old Sleuth.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564952]

Jack Standfast’s ice boat; or, The Struggle for the pennant / by Horace Paine
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561055]

Jack Standfast’s best work; or, The Marvel of the cinder path / by Horace Paine
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565212]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:560722]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564896]

Detail, [1] p., Saturday Night, v. VI, no. 43, Saturday, July 17, 1869

Saturday Night (v. 6: 52 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:328854]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

Hemisphere Septentrional pour voir plus distinctement les Terres Arctiques

Hemisphere Septentrional pour voir plus distinctement les Terres Arctiques.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565157]

Tabula Selenographica: in qua Lunarium Macularum exacta Descriptio Secundum Nomenclaturam Præstantissimorum Astronomorum tam Hevelii quam Riccioli Curiosis Rei Sidereæ Cultoribus exhibetur…
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565162]

Nova et Accurata Poli Arctici: et terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565167]

Detail, “Pensylvania, Nova Jersey et Nova York cum Regionibus ad Fluvium Delaware in America Sitis…”

Pensylvania, Nova Jersey et Nova York cum Regionibus ad Fluvium Delaware in America Sitis / Nova Delineatione ob oculos posita per Tob. Conr. Lotter
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565173]

Manuscript Collection

Uncollected manuscripts

Selection, 1 p., Letter, To: Louis Keefer From: John S. Harkins, Jr., February 16, 1998

Letter, To: Louis Keefer From: John S. Harkins, Jr., February 16, 1998
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565661]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Fall Fest 1978, Tape 1, Side One
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565394]

Pennsylvaniana

Loose photo, Photographic Album, Nurse in Pennsylvania, 1907-1914

Photographic Album, Nurse in Pennsylvania, 1907-1914
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565270]

Villanova Digital Collection

2019 Undergraduate Honors Theses (4 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]

World

Uncle Tom Cobleigh’s club at Torquay races: In the Devonshire dialect / by Jan Stewer
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565178]

1, recto, A tour of Spain, 1896

A tour of Spain, 1896
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561095]


Content Roundup – Last Week – May 2019

Selection, [1] p., Saturday Night, v. VII, no. 44, Saturday, July 23, 1870

Newly available this week are a number of resources including more story paper issues (especially from Saturday Night – the Philadelphia published story paper) and Dime Novels, some of the 2019 Undergraduate Honors Theses, and more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection!

Dime Novel and Popular Culture

Fiction

Selection, front cover, Gideon Gault’s great jewelry case; or, Three puzzling clews / by Lieut. Carlton.

Gideon Gault’s great jewelry case; or, Three puzzling clews / by Lieut. Carlton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563115]

Hiding Tom, or, The fox of the prairie / by W. J. Hamilton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:560582]

The secret service ship; or, The fall of San Juan d’Ulloa : a romance of the Mexican War / by Capt. Charles E. Averill
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:564339]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:560710]

Selection, [1] p., The flag of our Union, January 21, 1854

Flag of Our Union (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563426]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563095]

Selection, [1] p., “The Eye of Fate: a great marvelous story”, Saturday Night, v. VII, no. 46, Saturday, August 6, 1870

Saturday Night (v. 7, 1870: 16 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557096]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

Selection, Carte du Golphe du Méxique

Carte du Golphe du Méxique et des isles de l’Amérique: pour servir à l’Histoire générale des voyages, 1754
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563791]

Carte della Isole Antilles, 1821
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563808]

A new map of part of the United States of North America
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563803]

Selection, Carte des Antilles Françoises

Carte des Antilles Françoises et des iles voisines, 1717:
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563797]

Carte De La Partie Meridionale du Royaume de Suede avec une Table des Provinces et des Villes Principales
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563814]

Villanova Digital Collection

Undergraduate Honors Theses (2019: 6 theses added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


The Shelf List, May 2019

The Shelf List highlights items added to the catalog in the past month. Some of these are new acquisitions and some are items from our backlog. Follow the links to view the full catalog records.

Half-length portrait of George Washington seated at a table.

Lithograph, George Washington. First President of the United States, [n.d.]

Art Curiosa Collection

Averill, Charles E. The Secret Service Ship; Or, The Fall of San Juan D’Ulloa: A Tale of the Mexican War. Boston: George W. Studley, 1898.

Continental Library. Baltimore: A.C. Meyer & Co.

Ellis, Edward Sylvester. The Boy Scouts, Or, The Hunt of the Pottawatomies. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Good Reading. New York, N.Y.: A.D. Porter, 1893.

Hamilton, W. J. Hiding Tom, Or, The Fox of the Prairie. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Hamilton, W. J. “Old Kit,” the Scout: A Tale of the Swamps. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Munro, Norman L. Old Cap. Collier Library. New York: Norman L. Munro.

The Nickel Library. Chicago: Novelist Pub.

Philadelphien. Canonizationis Beatae Catharinae Mariae Drexel Fundatricis Congregationis Sororum a SS. Sacramento Pro Indis Et Colorata Gente (1858-1955): Caso Straordinario Di Amanda Jane Wall. [S.l.: s.n.], 1997.

 

Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

George Washington: First President of the United States. Hartford: Lith. of F.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1840.

Grand, National, American Banner: Millard Fillmore. Andrew J. Donelson. The Americans Choice for President and Vice President From 1857 to 1861. [New York]: Lith. & pub. by N. Currier, 152 Nassau St., 1856.

James Madison: Fourth President of the United States. [Hartford: D.W. Kellogg & Co., between 1830 and 1842.]

James Madison: Fourth President of the United States. [Boston: Pendleton, ca. 1825-1828.]

James Monroe: Fifth President of the United States. [Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1840.]

John Quincy Adams: Sixth President of the United States. Hartford, Ct.: Case & Skinner, 1830.

John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States. Hartford, Ct.: D.W. Kellogg & Co., ca. 1830.

A woman and a man sitting at a table with a book between them.

Laura Bang accepting the donation of Canonizationis Beatae Catharinae Mariae Drexel from Alan Miller, MD, FACS.

If you are interested in viewing any Special Collections materials, you can schedule an appointment with our staff.


Available for proofreading: The Sundered Streams

Our latest proofreading project is The Sundered Streams: The History of a Memory that Had No Full Stops, a 1907 novel by Reginald Farrer, who was much better known for his work in botany than for his fiction but seems to have had diverse interests. According to the book’s plot summary, this particular work highlight’s the author’s “Buddhist beliefs, his passion for the novels of Jane Austen, and his love for his native Yorkshire moors.”

An earlier blog post explains how you can join Distributed Proofreaders to help turn our scans of this rarely-seen book into a new electronic edition freely available through Project Gutenberg. When you’re ready to begin, you can join in the efforts at the project page.


Content Roundup – Third Week – May 2019

Selection, rear cover, The “Golden Reel’s” revenge; or, Tracking the terrible deeds of a secret society / by the author of “Now then.

This week finds more newly digitized content available: notable additions include more dime novel and story paper issues, a number of Villanova Athletics materials, and 4 engravings by Theodore de Bry from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The “Golden Reel’s” revenge; or, Tracking the terrible deeds of a secret society / by the author of “Now then.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561818]

Cardia; or, “Forever ’till death” / by Miss Aimee Carey, M. E. L., author of “Mizpah,” &c., &c.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561874]

Selection, front cover, Old Sleuth weekly, v. I, no. 8, July 24th, 1908.

The Mystery of the Spaniards’ vendetta / by “Old Sleuth”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561778]

Periodicals

Selection, [1] p., Chicago Ledger, Wednesday, July 13, 1898

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:560698]

Selection, [9] p., The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 2, Saturday, January 14, 1854

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563414]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563438]

Selection front cover, Golden Hours, Saturday June 4, 1898

Golden Hours (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:562042]

p. 92, International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 3, no. 6

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:559850]

The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection

The French Sail to the River of May (St. Johns River), Plate II
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563767]

Selection, Outina, With the Help of the French, Gains a Victory over His Enemy Potanou, Plate XII

Outina, With the Help of the French, Gains a Victory over His Enemy Potanou, Plate XIII
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563773]

Sechster theil Americae, Plate XX
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563779]

Selection, Sechster theil Americae, Plate XXIII.

Sechster theil Americae, Plate XXIII
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:563785]

Villanova Digital Collection

Handbook for Women’s Residence
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553550]

Athletics

Villanova Pennant
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:548120]

Big East Bumper Sticker
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:549710]

Villanova Final Four Pin, 1985
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:549706]

Photographs and Illustrations

Poster, Belle Masque of Villanova College presents, “Jacobowsky and the Colonel”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:550165]

Photograph, Homecoming Queen, 1960
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553538]


University Archives Acquisition: Ann Marie Cammarota Research Records

Pages from the archives

The University Archives recently acquired the research materials compiled by alumnus Ann Marie Cammarota for her 1985 Master Thesis, Consideration of the American Press Coverage of the Cuban Political Situation from 1952 to 1958 and its Influence of the United States Foreign Policy. Cammarota’s thesis investigated if American press coverage of Batista’s government influenced the State Department’s policies at the time. The papers include declassified memoranda from the State Department regarding Cuban activities between 1957 and 1958. The documents reveal the State Department’s growing apprehension surrounding escalating violence and the United States’ international reputation.

After completing her Masters in 1985, Cammarota continued her studies at Temple University for a PhD in History. She has been an instructor Neuman College, St. Joseph’s University, and Rosemont College. In addition to teaching, she has published a book, Pavements in the Garden: The Suburbanization of Southern New Jersey, Adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, 1769 to Present, which is also available in our general stacks.

The University Archives is excited for the new addition to the collections because the documents serve as significant primary sources for US-Cuban relations as well as highlight the work of our former students. The documents have been added to VUA 32 Alumni Records and available for research.


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