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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 week of Jue 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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Distinctive Summer Reading

Front cover, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
by Candacy Taylor

Here are the books that top the reading piles of the Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement staff this summer. Most if not all of these titles can be found via stocked online booksellers while some are also available in digital formats for interested readers.

From Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist:

The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab.
Fantasy! Parallel Londons! Magic! Thieves!

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.
Essays examining how mainstream feminism in the United States has not been inclusive.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.
More Fantasy!

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
An alternate history of the underground railroad.

From Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian Archivist:

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor.

Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them by Adrienne Raphel.

An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole.

From Michael Foight, Director Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement:

Book Parts: edited by Dennis Duncan & Adam Smyth. An anthology of essays on the diverse elements that make up the physical book, this broadly ranges on topics from dust jackets and frontispieces to running heads and endleaves.

The Invention of Rare Books: private interest and public memory, 1600-1840 by David McKitterick. McKitterick answers the question: “when does a book that is merely old become a rarity and an object of desire?”

The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes. This rich, witty, work provides a revelatory tour of Belle Époque Paris, via the remarkable life story of the pioneering surgeon, Samuel Pozzi, who is the eponymous man in the red coat.

A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster. The most recent biography of the noted conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club, this is the first to be based on Muir’s full private correspondence.

Semicolon: the past, present, and future of a misunderstood mark by Cecelia Watson. Invented by Italian humanist Aldus Manutius in 1494 Venice, the semicolon paired up the comma and colon; Manutius created many publishing innovations including one of the most controversial of punctuation marks!

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, translated from the German by Ross Benjamin. Newly translated, this work of magical realism and adventure tells the story of the vagabond 17th century performer and trickster Tyll Ulenspiegel.

From Rebecca Oviedo,Distinctive Collections Librarian Archivist:

With so much time spent at home with family these days, I am thrilled that my son enjoys reading together the same classic children’s books that I enjoyed as a kid. Current favorites are The Berenstain Bears and Curious George books, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, and Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. This summer we’ll look to add new stories that celebrate multiculturalism and inspire kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

Outside My Window / by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jamey Christoph. “This beautiful book will spark readers’ curiosity and imagination with its celebration of global diversity.”

Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast around the World / by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Tomoko Suzuki. “With rhythm and rhymes and bold, graphic art, Pancakes to Parathas invites young readers to explore the world through the most important meal of the day.”

The Big Umbrella / by Amy June Bates. “This sweet extended metaphor uses an umbrella to demonstrate how kindness and inclusion work…A lovely addition to any library collection, for classroom use or for sharing at home.”

As for me, I am currently reading:
Back to the Land: Alliance Colony to the Ozarks in Four Generations / by Ruth Weinstein. ­Published by the South Jersey Culture & History Center at Stockton University. A memoir by Ruth Weinstein, a relative of mine and descendant of one of the founding families of Alliance Colony, the first successful Jewish farming community in America. (See Also: The Alliance Heritage Center)


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Content Roundup – Third and Fourth Weeks – May 2020

19 p., The Parish Calendar, [v. 1, no. 4], March, 1917.

The last two weeks of May 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, the Gaelic American, and the National Defender. As well, the first issues from the digitization of the The Parish Calendar, St. Augustine’s Church, 1917 are available along with the “Man of the week” award from the magazine Social Justice from 1939, along with 2020 Undergraduate Honors Theses and more Villanova Graduate Theses from 1965 and 1966.

Catholica Collection

St. Augustine Church

The Parish Calendar, [v. 1, no. 5], April, 1917

The Parish Calendar (4 issues added from 1917)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621869]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Young Wild West’s running fight / by an old scout
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:619685]

Periodicals

Boys’ World (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618878]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618890]

The Youth’s companion, v. XXXVII, no. 39, Thursday, September 24, 1863

Youth’s Companion (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618458]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:603121]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618466]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618474]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618482]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618490]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618498]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:609965]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. XXIII, no. 40, Tuesday, May 13, 1879, Whole Number: 1184

National Defender (1879: 11 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621719]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American (32 issues added from 1921)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:344589]

Kennedy Collection

The “Man” of the Week, Joseph Kennedy and family, Social Justice, February 1939

The “Man” of the Week, Joseph Kennedy and family, Social Justice, February 1939
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:608469]

Radnor Historical Society

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 26, no. 8, May 27, 1910

The Suburban, Wayne edition (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620529]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Scholars

2020 (1 pamphlet added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621875]

Undergraduate Honors Theses (18 added from 2020)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621873]

Graduate theses

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

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


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100 Seasons of Villanova Basketball Now Available in the Digital Library

By Rebecca Oviedo

This past year, in celebration of Villanova’s 100 seasons of men’s basketball, and in partnership with the Department of Athletics’ External Operations Unit, Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement has added a significant contribution of basketball-related images and content to the Villanova Digital Library. The items from University Archives include nearly 400 photographs and negatives, and more than 60 additional items, such as media guides, schedules, tickets, and scorebooks.

Since 1920, Villanova Basketball has produced three NCAA national championships and a rich history of outstanding players and coaches. Search and view images of such iconic Wildcats and future NBA stars as Paul Arizin, Larry Hennessy, Bob Schafer, and George Raveling under coach Alex Severance; Wali Jones, Hubie White, Jim Washington, Bill Melchionni, Howard Porter, Chris Ford and Tom Ingelsby from the Jack Kraft era; and, of course, selected images from Rollie Massimino’s 1985 NCAA championship team. One of the most photographed: legendary longtime athletic trainer John “Jake” Nevin.

Negative, Basketball (Jake Nevin/ Trainer and Howard Porter), 1970.

The process to convert these analog materials to a digital environment involved many hands and multiple steps.

The work began last summer, with the help of Erik Sherwood, Laura Davis, and Jessica Leventry, three Penn State students participating in the Villanova Athletic Department summer internship program with Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing Jacob Whitten’s team. The students spent two weeks in University Archives transcribing data from University Negatives Collection envelopes housing the negatives and entering the information into a spreadsheet to be incorporated into University Archives and Digital Library databases. They recorded such metadata as box and folder numbers, names, dates, subject headings, and descriptions for each negative.

Laura Davis carefully examines a negative.

Villanova College Basketball Facts, 30th Season, 1949-1950.

In September of the fall semester, several undergraduate Collections & Stewardship Technicians began scanning the items using the library’s Indus Color Book Scanner and a recently added Epson 12000XL Photo Scanner. These students, trained in appropriate collections care and proper handling techniques for rare materials, included Bernadette Goratowski, Martin Han, Courtney Schultz, and Erin Warren. After scanning materials, the students performed several post-processing steps, including rotating, cropping, and tonal adjustment of the digital images. They logged and tracked their work in the same spreadsheet started by the summer interns. Images were then uploaded to a library server to await further description and metadata by Distinctive Collections staff.

Items were scanned through March 2020, when campus was closed due to the growing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and sadly the remainder of Villanova’s 100th season of basketball was cancelled. As much of the world’s workforce transitioned online, I continued my work of describing and entering metadata, now from home, a task that surely could not have been completed had it not been for the careful work of our student employees and interns this past year.

Some images still require additional identification and description. I tried to identify players and add subject headings as best I could, and the media guides proved invaluable for this. If you can identify or date any images lacking this information, please email archives@villanova.edu. We have scanned selected images from the University Negatives Collection through 1974, and there are still several hundred images that have not yet been digitized. The collection spans the 1930s to 1985. If you have a favorite past player, let us know by email or in the comments below.


Rebecca Oviedo is Distinctive Collections Librarian Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 


 


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Content Roundup – Second Week – May 2020

Negative, Basketball (Team), 1973

Second week of May 2020 has reached us; this week we present items digitized earlier this semester and published this week including: more story-papers and newspapers including issues of the Wayne Suburban, the Gaelic American, and the National Defender, along with vintage basketball photographs, and Villanova Graduate Theses from 1965 and 1966.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

The Boys’ world, v. 21, no. 35, September 2, 1922

Boys’ World (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618854]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618866]

The Corsican brothers / by Alexander Dumas

Leisure Hour Library (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:617103]

Youth’s Companion (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:605939]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618442]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:605931]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:618450]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. XXIII, no. 27, Tuesday, February 11, 1879, Whole Number: 1171

National Defender (1879: 5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:621719]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

The Gaelic American (1920: 17 items added, completing this year)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:344588]

Radnor Historical Society

The Suburban, Wayne edition (7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620529]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Basketball

Negative, Basketball (Rollie Massimino/ Head Coach and Players), 1974

Basketball images (60 added from 1967-1974)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579126]

Graduate Theses

1965 (6 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:361342]

1966 (4 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620487]


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