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A Victorian family history in watercolors and prints

One of our recent acquisitions is a scrapbook compiled by Edith Isabella Good (1849-1922), accompanied by a few loose leaves from a scrapbook begun by her brother Frederick. Their father, Clements Good, served as the Consul General for Denmark in Hull, England for fifty years from 1846 to 1896, and was also the principal partner of a shipping firm.

Edith was a talented artist whose work was included in juried group exhibitions in England and Ireland. Her scrapbook includes some beautiful watercolors, pen & ink drawings, and silhouettes. The art primarily consists of portraits of women and children from her family, but there are also a few landscapes and floral studies.

Landscape showing a cabin near the top of a mountain with a dusting of snow, more mountains visible in the distance and an eagle flying overhead. Two profile portraits of women wearing hats.

Page [4] of Edith’s scrapbook, with a landscape and two portraits.

Among the portraits are three of young women dressed to play lawn tennis, which was just becoming popular at the time. The portraits are noteworthy for depicting the costumes worn for playing tennis, including early tennis shoes with India rubber soles and tennis rackets.

Young woman in a blue calf-length dress with small bustle, wearing a straw sunhat and early tennis shoes, holding a tennis racket in her left hand.

Page [20] of Edith’s scrapbook, with a portrait of a young woman in a tennis outfit.

Also of interest is a watercolor image depicting the family’s two Bengali nannies with a group of six white children.

Watercolor portraits of the heads of 2 white boys and a group portrait, also in watercolor, of 2 Bengali nannies with 6 white children.

Page [24] of Edith’s scrapbook, showing the family’s Bengali nannies.

Edith’s brother Frederick de Coninck Good (1852-1887) was a graphic artist in addition to joining his father in the family businesses. He enjoyed creating print illustrations for family and local occasions. Sadly, Frederick died by suicide at the age of 34. The loose leaves of his scrapbook include Frederick’s own works as well as contributions from his sister, Edith, and their father, Clements.

Line drawing of the Royal Royal Danish Warship Heimdal, with a Danish Navy escort, coming into port in Hull.

Page [8] of Frederick’s scrapbook leaves, with an illustrated printed menu in honor of the July 1884 visit of Prince Carl of Denmark to Hull.

You can browse through these scrapbooks in the Digital Library. Also included is a PDF containing further biographical notes compiled by the seller and included when they sent us the scrapbooks.


Content Roundup – Second week – April 2019

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 15, Wednesday, April 13, 1898

New this week are a host of recently digitized materials including more Dime Novels and story papers issues, more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, and 10 more issues from National Defender from the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Trapper Joe, or, The outlaw of Lake Huron : a story of the Northern Lakes / by Arthur L. Meserve
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556695]

Burt, the hero; or, Adventures of a plucky boy / by James Franklin Fitts
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557097]

Variety Jack; or, The Extraordinary adventures of a funny man / by “Old Sleuth”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557169]

On to Gettysburg; or, How the fight was won / by Marline Manly

On to Gettysburg; or, How the fight was won / by Marline Manly
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557673]

Non-Fiction

Book of brief narratives / edited by Frank Pemmon
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554933]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553358]

Yankee Blade (18 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:407501]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (10 issues from 1874 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556644]

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

Nova Virginiae Tabula, 1631
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557405]

Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan, 1667
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557409]

America: Noviter Delineata
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557413]

Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris adiacentibus
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:557417]

Sherman-Thackara Collection

[13] p., Resolution relative to the death of William T. Sherman / Select and Common Councils of the City of Philadelphia

Resolution relative to the death of William T. Sherman / Slect and Common Councils of the City of Philadelphia
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555103]

Villanova Digital Collection

Villanova Commencement Programs (6 programs from 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 – January/May/October)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:523674]


University Archives Acquisition: The Circus Comes to Town!

🎪Come see feats of wonder, from trick riders to acrobats trapeze through the air, at the Field House🎪

The University Archives has recently acquired a poster announcing a circus event on campus. Not much is known about the event on campus itself or its sponsors but the Hanneford Circus, also known as Royal Hanneford Circus, is considered one of the oldest circuses dating back to possibly 1690 England.  According to legend,  Edwin Hanneford, a foot juggler who performed on London street corners and fairs, was summoned to perform before King George III in a contest to determine who was the best juggler in England.  In the nineteenth century, the family was performing internationally as traveling troupe and attracting acclaim for bareback riding, acrobatics, and juggling. The family was so well-known that while performing in Spain in 1915, the Hannefords were seen by John Ringling who wished to sign the Hannefords to the famed Ringling Brothers-owned Barnum and Bailey Circus. The troupe grew to a full-fledged circus, which continues to tour across the United States.

Hanneford Circus came to Villanova either sponsored by or in support for Women’s Committee for Philadelphia’s Wills Eye Hospital. The hospital was established in 1832 and is the oldest continually operating optometry facility in the United States. After doing more research on other Hanneford Circus posters it can be determined the event happened in the 1960s and was a familiar event across campuses as the Circus would perform at many colleges and universities during that period.

The poster is a fascinating glimpse into campus activities long ago. The archives hopes to continue to acquire these types of treasures that tell the story of our past.


eBook available: Flower and Jewel

Front cover, Flower and Jewel; or, Daisy Forrest’s daughter / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller

Our latest Project Gutenberg release, produced with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders project, is another romance by the prolific story paper author, Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller.

Flower and Jewel packs a great deal into its first chapter, which details not only the birth of twin sisters but also a pair of tragic deaths. The story then jumps ahead seventeen years, to a time when the twins find themselves both falling in love with the same man. This being a Mrs. Miller novel, the sisterly conflict quickly escalates well beyond the bounds of reason. There are dark secrets, bouts of madness, twists of identity, and several attempted murders (including a bombing) before the plot is all wrapped up.

The story also features several African American characters, who are for the most part represented with the typical broad stereotypes of the time. These portrayals do not make for comfortable reading, though they are not entirely negative, and they effectively highlight some of the contradictions, complexities and limitations of the period’s views on race.

This novel was first serialized in the Fireside Companion from January 28, 1888 to April 7, 1888 and later reprinted in book form; now it is also available as a free electronic book that can be read online or downloaded in a variety of popular formats through Project Gutenberg.


Content Roundup – First Week – April 2019

Selection [1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 8, Wednesday, February 23, 1898

This week’s newly available digitized content includes more Dime Novels and story papers, more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, and an additional 10 issues from National Defender from the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

[1], Through fire; or, Battling for the Union

Through fire; or, Battling for the Union : a story of the last campaign in Virginia / by Major Walter Wilmot
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555041]

Tiger-eye / by Ned Buntline
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555963]

The red star of the Seminoles : a tale of wild life on the border / by George Robinson
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556067]

Non-Fiction

Book of detective stories / [edited by Frank Pemmon]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554913]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 14, Wednesday, April 6, 1898

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553322]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553346]

Grit, October 29, 1922

Grit (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553188]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (10 issues added, 1874)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556644]

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

Front, Carte Réduite du Détroit de Magellan

Carte Réduite du Détroit de Magellan
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556799]

Front, America

America
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556803]

La corveta Atrevida

La corveta Atrevida entre Bancas de nieve la noche del 28 de Enero de 1794
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556807]

Sherman-Thackara Collection

Wooden box and scroll

Memorial minute, Union League of Philadelphia on the death of General William T. Sherman, February 17, 1891
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556580]


A “Friendly” Evening in Photos

On Tuesday, March 26, we celebrated the 248-year history of the Philadelphia Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland with music, talks, and an exhibit. Founded in Philadelphia in 1771, the Society is the second-oldest, continuously meeting Irish organization in the United States. The Society has made a number of contributions to Villanova University and recently partnered with the Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement department to digitize their historical materials, which can be viewed in the Digital Library.

The evening began with a social hour at 5pm, featuring refreshments and live Irish music from the band Irish Mist, featuring featuring Tom McLaughlin on banjo and spoons; Mary Tracy on fiddle, and Paul Harris on bass and guitar.

Photo of two men, one on banjo and one on guitar, and one woman on fiddle.

Live Irish music was provided by the band Irish Mist, featuring (from left to right) Tom McLaughlin, Paul Harris, and Mary Tracy.

A man on a banjo with a crowd of people in the background.

Tom McLaughlin of Irish Mist, looking toward the camera at left, and some of the attendees.

Talks began shortly after 6pm. As the exhibit curator and event organizer, I opened with a brief overview of some of the Irish connections in Falvey’s Distinctive Collections.

A woman speaking at a podium in front of a seated crowd.

Laura Bang giving an overview of Irish collections.

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Associate Dean of International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives and Emily C. Riley Director of Irish Studies, then spoke about the value to scholars of digitizing collections and making them freely available online.

A man speaking at a podium in front of a seated crowd.

Dr. Joseph Lennon speaking about the value of digitized collections.

Finally, our main speaker was Joseph P. Heenan, Past President of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and current Chair of the Scholarship Committee and Chair of the Society’s Historical Records. Heenan gave an overview of the Society’s history and accomplishments.

A man speaking at a podium.

Joseph P. Heenan describing the Society’s history.

Left to right: Michael Foight, Laura Bang, Joseph P. Heenan, Joseph Lennon.

After the talks, people had the opportunity to mingle some more and examine the materials in the exhibit cases. Everyone enjoyed a fun evening in honor of the Friendly Sons!

A group of people talking.

A group of attendees.

A woman stands beside a sign advertising the exhibit and event.

Among the attendees, we were excited to meet Mary Clare Hogan, the daughter of Father Falvey’s (after whom Falvey Memorial Library is named) first cousin. A Falvey celebrity!

A man looking at an exhibit case.

One of the exhibit cases and the exhibit poster. (Photo by Laura Bang.)

The exhibit will be on display through the end of May. If you can’t make it to the library to see the exhibit, Society materials that have been digitized so far are viewable online in the Digital Library with more to come.

All photos courtesy of Regina Duffy, unless otherwise noted.


The Shelf List, March 2019

The Shelf List highlights a few of the most noteworthy (or just my favorite) items added to the catalog in the past month. Some of these are new acquisitions and some are items from our backlog.

Scrapbook page with two graphite illustrations, one of the ruins of a castle on a hill and the other (in color) of a woman bent over some cloth, possibly ironing.

Selection of illustrations from Esther Borough Johnson’s scrapbook.

Johnson, Esther Borough. European Views and Portraits. [s.l.: s.n., 1920?]. [Catalog link]

Esther Borough Johnson (1866-1958) was an English artist and a few of her paintings are in the collections of British museums. This album displays her illustrations, mainly in graphite but with a few watercolors as well, of various European cities in the 1920s. Her husband, Ernest Borough Johnson, was an artist as well, and you can view a portrait he painted of his wife on the ArtUK website.

Illustration by Arthur Rackham of Cinderella fleeing the ball at midnight.

Evans, C. S. and Arthur Rackham. Cinderella. London; Philadelphia: William Heinemann ; J.B. Lippincott Co., 1919. [Catalog link]

There are many, many illustrated versions of Cinderella, but this 1919 edition features striking silhouette illustrations by noted English illustrator Arthur Rackham (read a bio on Wikipedia).

Two-page spread of a scrapbook with watercolors including a profile portrait of a young woman, a house next to a stand of trees, and a young woman with a tennis racquet.

Selection of pages from the Edith Good scrapbook.

Good, Edith Isabella, Frederick de Coninck Good, and Clements Good. A Family History in Watercolors and Prints: Life in Victorian Era Hull, England. [s.l.: s.n., 1880?].[Catalog link]

Edith Good’s scrapbook showcases her watercolor illustrations, including portraits of family members, landscape scenes, and floral depictions. The illustrations likely date to the 1880s, when lawn tennis was just becoming popular in England, and several of the portraits in this album depict Good’s family members in tennis costumes with racquets. This acquisition also included some loose scrapbook pages with further illustrative work by her brother, Frederick, and their father, Clements.

Photo of 3 paper documents in Russian, a calling card (also in Russian), and a Red Cross arm band.

Selection of documents from Sir John Pollock’s Russian Red Cross service.

Russian Red Cross Documentation for Sir John Pollock, Petrograd [St. Petersburg]. [s.l.: s.n., 1916-1918]. [Catalog link]

This collection consists of 7 documents and 1 calling card, all printed in Russian, as well as a Red Cross armband, belonging to Sir John Pollock while he served with the Russian Red Cross on a humanitarian mission at the end of the First World War and through the Russian Revolutions.

Photo of a two-page spread of a travel diary, with handwriting and small drawings of architectural details in blue ink.

Selection of pages from a travel diary of a trip to Spain, author unknown.

Unknown author. A Tour of Spain, 1896. [s.l.: s.n., 1896.] [Catalog link]

This travel diary describes the author’s visit to Spain in 1896, a time of political unrest related to the Cuban War of Independence and subsequent intervention of the United States. The author provides firsthand observations of this interesting time period as well as describing sites visited in France and Spain. Also included are some hand-drawn maps showing the author’s route and a few small drawings of architectural details.

This is only a selection of recently described materials. Search the library’s catalog for more materials (you can limit your search to Special Collections using the toolbar on the right-hand side of the search results). If you are interested in viewing any Special Collections materials, you can schedule an appointment with our staff.

 


Content Roundup – Last Week – March 2019

p. 71, “Sophomore Nurses”, Belle Air 1965

Newly digitized this week are more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, more issues of the National Defender newspaper, new story paper issues, more commencement programs, and the 1965 Belle Air yearbook!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Old knapsack; or, Longstreet’s mad charge at Knoxville / by Marline Manly
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555013]

Periodicals

Selection [1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 13, Wednesday, March 30, 1898

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553298]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553334]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553310]

Grit (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553160]

Selection [1] p., Saturday Night, v. XIV, no. 36, Saturday May 19, 1877

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554148]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (12 issues from 1873-1874)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:544339]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

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

Tierra Nueva

Tierra Nueva
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554042]

Isola Cuba Nova

Isola Cuba Nova
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554038]

Selection, Descrittione dell’isola et terra di santa croce, overo: mondo nuovo

Descrittione dell’isola et terra di santa croce, overo: mondo nuovo
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554034]

Tabula geographica-hydrographia motus oceani : currentes, abyssos, montes, ignivomos in universo orbe indicans

Tabula geographica-hydrographia motus oceani
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553589]

Villanova Digital Collection

Commencement

Villanova Commencement Programs (10 programs from 1930-1939 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:523674]

Yearbooks

[1] p., Belle Air 1965

Belle Air, 1965
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556241]


Recording Veterans’ Stories

Photo of 2 men and 1 woman seated around a table. The two men are talking and the woman is recording them with a microphone and laptop.

Left to right: Mike Brown (Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members), Lt. Col. William Bonelli (WWII veteran), Laura Bang (Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist). Photo credit: Todd Robinson.

Falvey’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department is excited to be partnering with the University’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members on an oral history project. The Voices of Villanova’s Veterans will document the stories of veterans from our community. Interviews are arranged and conducted by Mike Brown, Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members, and recorded and produced by Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist. The project is still in the early stages, so we do not yet have any interviews available for listening. Stay tuned for more details!

On Tuesday, March 19, we were honored to meet and interview Lt. Col. William Bonelli, a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps (which later became the United States Air Force), who served during World War II and was at Pearl Harbor during the surprise attack of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on December 7, 1941. Lt. Col. Bonelli just celebrated his 98th birthday on March 17.

We look forward to doing more interviews and hopefully making them available to the public soon!


Content Roundup – Third Week – March 2019

Print, W. T. Sherman Maj. Genl. U.S.A.

This week a host of newly digitized materials are available for your reading and research pleasure. Notable materials including another volume from the Philadelphia Maritime Exchange Collection, two prints from the Sherman Thackara Collection, and more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Slim Jim, or, The Indian maid’s last arrow / by L. Augustus Jones
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554809]

The mystery of Suicide Place / by Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554192]

Old Ironsides among the cowboys; or, The weird narrative of a lost man (second half) / by Old Sleuth
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555069]

Non-Fiction

How to Get Rich
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553382]

Guide to fortune-telling by dreams
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554160]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554097]

Selection, [1] p., Saturday Night, v. XII, no. 33, Saturday May 1, 1875

Saturday Night (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553938]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553950]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553962]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553974]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554010]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554022]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554048]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554060]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554073]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554085]

Pennsylvaniana

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Selection [1] p., National Defender, v. XVII, no. 23, Tuesday, January 28, 1873

National Defender (10 issues added from 1873)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:544339]

Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia Maritime Exchange Collection

Arrivals Foreign and Coastwise, Volume 5, August 14, 1880 – April 30, 1882
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:555131]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

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

Spagnola [Hispaniola] (1534)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553570]

Battle of Santo Domingo on Hispaniola (1590)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553574]

Des Nouvelles Isles, comment, quand & par qui elles ont este trouvees (1559)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553578]

La Florida/ Peruviae Auriferae Regionis Typus/ Guastecan

La Florida/ Peruviae Auriferae Regionis Typus/ Guastecan [1579]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:553585]

Sherman Thackara Collection

Print, W. T. Sherman
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554189]

Print, W. T. Sherman Maj. Genl. U.S.A.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554186]

Villanova Digital Collection

Yearbooks

Belle Air, 1963
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:554479]


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