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Content Roundup – Second Week – January 2020

The Gaelic American, v. II, No. 27, July 8, 1905

This week we offer a host of newly digitized materials including Dime Novel and story paper issues, rare newspaper issues (for example The Gaelic American) and two noteworthy speeches from the Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for The Relief of Emigrants from Ireland.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The black dwarf / by Sir Walter Scott (from the Arm Chair Library)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:602939]

Fred Fearnot’s great peril; or, Running down the counterfeiters / by author of Fred Fearnot (from Work and Win):
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:602015]

Periodicals

The Boys’ world, v. 20, no. 45, November 5, 1921

Boys’ World (11 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:601460]

Selection, [185] p.,T he Balance and Columbian repository, v. II, no. 24, Tuesday, June 14, 1803

Balance and Columbian Repository (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583075]

The Examiner, no. 112, Sunday, Feb. 18, 1810

The Examiner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583965]

New England farmer, v. IV, no. 29, Friday, February 10, 1826

New England Farmer (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:588833]

Detail, [p.1], The New York Ledger, v. XIII, no. 1, March 14, 1857

New York Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600599]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600611]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600623]

Our continent, v. I, no. 1, February 15, 1882.

Our Continent (index + 2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600548]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600556]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600578]

Detail, [129 p.], The Portland transcript, v. XV, no. 17, August 9, 1851

Portland Transcript (12 issues added, one of which is a copy 2)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:590827]

Port Folio (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:589218]

Detail, [1 p.], The Story teller, v. I, no. 10, July 3, 1898.

Story Teller (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600536]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:601014]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:601026]

Joseph McGarrity

Newspapers

Detail, [1 p.], The Gaelic American, v. II, No. 21, May 27, 1905

Gaelic American

1904: 11 issues added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:589517]

1905: 25 issues added
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:280074]

The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for The Relief of Emigrants from Ireland

Addresses and Speeches

Address / by Dáithí O’Ceallaigh … January 19, 1988
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600988]

Address / by Mr. John Hume, Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic & Labour Party, Northern Ireland … Thursday, March 17, 1977
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:600956]


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Content Roundup – late December 2019 / first week January 2020

Masthead, National Defender, v. XXII, no. 9, Tuesday, October 9, 1877, Whole Number: 1101

This omnibus report details the final digitized materials from 2019 and the initial content newly live in January 2020. Notable are over 75 issues of the newspaper National Defender, the 1866 Catholic Almanac, 4 more vintage maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, more Dime Novel and story paper issues, including issues now available in the public domaine from 1924, and 6 issues of the Gaelic American newspaper from the Joseph McGarrity Collection.

Catholica Collection

Official Catholic Directory

Sadlier’s Catholic almanac and ordo for the year of our lord 1866 with a full report of the various dioceses in the United States, British North-America, and Ireland
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599993]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Aunt Maria; or, She thought she knew it all : a story of two young fellows who thought they knew something / by Sam Smiley
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:601050]

The Bradys and the torn shoe; or, Convicted by a footprint / by a New York detective
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599953]

Buffalo Bill overboard; or, Playing the black and red / by the author of “Buffalo Bill.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599704]

Work and Win (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599913]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:596729]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581798]

The Demon doctor; or, Deadhold, the “kid” detective / by “Old Sleuth
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577330]

Periodicals

Boston Weekly Magazine (2 issues added)
https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:599821

New York Ledger (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599782]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594097]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599819]

New York Weekly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570782]

Front cover, The People’s Home Journal, v. XXXIX, no. 3, March, 1924

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599516]

Front cover, Weekly Ledger, v. LII, no. 24, Saturday, June 14, 1924

Weekly Ledger (2 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:599781]

Good news : Best stories from every quarter, v. 6, no. 150, March 18, 1893

Good News (6 issues added; 3 from v.5 and 3 from v. 6)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594211]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:593441?lookfor=title%3Aaugust]

Portland Transcript (9 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:545726]

Saturday Night, v. XVI, no. 52, Saturday, September 6, 1879

Saturday Night (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:582029]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:580471]

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XI, no. 268, July 16, 1870

Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:599468]

Saturday Courier (2 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:593126]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:593134]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (78 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

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

Phelps & Ensign’s travellers’ guide and map of the United States : containing the roads, distances, steam boat and canal routes
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594282]

The United States and its new possessions : Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hawaii, Philippine Islands, and Alaska, with general maps of Europe, Asia, Africa and Pan-America
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594294]

Carte de l’isle de Sainte Lucie, pour servir à l’Histoire générale des voyages
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594258]

Isle de la Martinique ; Isles de la Guadeloupe, de Marie, Galante, de la Désirade, et celles des Saintes[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594270]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection (p. 1), The Gaelic American, v. II, No. 13, April 1, 1905

The Gaelic American (6 issues added from 1905)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:280074]


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Welcome to 1924

cover image: People's Home Journal, March, 1924

As we previewed last month, this year sees the release of many creative works from 1924 into the public domain in the United States. We’ve started the year by digitizing a few issues from 1924 periodicals, and we plan to add more 1924 content to the collection as the year progresses.

Cover image: Weekly Ledger, v. LII, no. 21, Saturday, May 24, 1924

Our initial offerings are the March, 1924 People’s Home Journal, and two 1924 issues of the Weekly Ledger, a retitled successor to the long-running Chicago Ledger. Both of these publications began life in the 19th century as story papers, and our collection includes enough issues to show the significant changes they saw over the years. The twentieth century brought smaller formats, larger page counts, more use of color, and significant changes in advertising strategy. The ability to digitize and share these little-seen and sometimes-fragile issues will make it easier to support the study of the evolution of popular culture during a time of significant change.

Cover image: Weekly Ledger, v. LII, no. 24, Saturday, June 14, 1924


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From the Archives: Year in Review

New Material

2019 has been a busy year for the University Archives! The University Archives acquired over 100 linear feet of new collection material from campus departments like Nursing, Engineering, Alumni Office, Theater, and many others. The new material has not only helped the collections grow in size but has added a wealth of new information and artifacts. And for the first time, the archives has made a concerted effort to expand the scope of collecting to include born-digital materials.

 

 

2019 was also the year more material was digitized and published on the Villanova Digital Library. Programs, posters, photographs, and negatives from commencement, basketball, and the Theatre department were added to the digital library.

Negative, Basketball (Alexander G. Severance (Coach) & Team), 1946.

Negative, Basketball (Alexander G. Severance (Coach) & Team), 1946.

 


2019 Exhibits

Nova Stories: Campus Life from the 1960s

In the Spring, the archives launched a digital exhibit showcasing a selection of University Archives material highlighting the traditions and changes on campus in the 1960s.

 

Case display

Case display of Special Olympic artifacts

In celebration of Villanova’s Special Olympics Fall Festival, held November 1-3, 2019, a small exhibit about Special Olympics at Villanova University was put on display. Special Olympics events on campus has a long history starting in 1979 to now being known as the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event today. Photographs,


Building New Ideas

Our collections cover many areas of Villanova: administration, planning, events, and university periodical publications. But we want to work more closely with campus and student communities to develop more inclusive collections. One of the first steps this year was start outreach efforts to engage with student organizations because not only do these organizations produce material that document the activities, interests, and social climate of our campus, but it is an opportunity to engage with students about the importance of the archives. One of the projects to come out of it was the creation of a zine that would outline what is an university archives, how to do research, and how to contact us. Library Ambassadors from Office of Intercultural Affairs, Sidney Holmes and Colette Termaat, helped out by passing out the zines to student organizations during the Fall Semester.

The cover of "Villanova University Archives" Zine Volume 1, Issue 1Zine page requesting student life records with text bubbles.The inaugural issue was illustrated by:

Beaudry Rae Allen, Digital & Preservation Archivist

Shawn Proctor, Communications & Marketing Program Manager

Mike Sgier, Access & Collections Coordinator

Scott Barnebey

The zine has been such a great outreach tool that a few student organizations have donated material to the archives. Look out for the second issue in 2020!

 

 


None of this could have been done without the student support the archives has had this year. Many students lent their voices to recording Villanovan articles for the digital exhibit. Most importantly, student assistants were on hand for collection pick-ups, rehousing projects, and exhibit work that has helped shape the archives to becoming a more active and accessible area for our community.

Student moving a cart of archival material

Emma Poley, MA ’21. Assisting in a pick-up

Student working at desk

Erin Warren, ’21. Rehousing 4×5 negatives

 

The University Archives looks forward to 2020 with new exhibits, new collections, and many more new projects!

 

 


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The Shelf List, December 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.

[Home Rule] / Published by Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1882.

Art Curiosa Collection

Helmbold, George. The Tickler. Philadelphia [Pa.]: G. Helmbold, 1807.

Leslie, Frank, and Frank Leslie. Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner. New York: [Mrs. Frank Leslie, etc.], 1865. [issues added]

The Novel Mart. Baltimore, Md.: Robert Burns.

The Sunday School Advocate. New York: Published for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church by G. Lane & L. Scott.

Sunday Times & Noah’s Weekly Messenger. New York [N.Y.]: F.A. Bonnard.

 

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

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte De L’isle De La Grenade, Pour Servir À L’histoire Générale Des Voyages. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1758.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte De L’isle De Sainte Lucie: Pour Servir À L’Histoire Générale Des Voyages. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1758.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte Des Isles Des Vierges. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1764.

Blome, Richard, Francis Lamb, and Nicolas Sanson. A General Mapp of the Kingdom of Spaine. London: Richard Blome, 1670.

Bonne, Rigobert, and Pietro Scattaglia. Isle De La Martinique: Isles De La Guadeloupe, De Marie, Galante, De La Désirade, Et Celles Des Saintes. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1771.

Braun, Georg, and Frans Hogenberg. Santander. [Cologne]: [s.n.], 1620.

Cantelli, Giacomo. Penisola Dell India Di Qua Dal Gange: Et Isole Intorno Ad Essa Adiacenti, Descritta, Et Accresciuta Di Nuoue, E Uarie Notizie. Rome: Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola, 1683.

A Chart of North and South America: Including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, With the Nearest Coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia. London: Robt. Sayer and J. Bennett, 1775.

Entick, John. A New & Accurate Map of the Seat of the Late War in the West Indies: With a Plan of the City and Harbour of Havannah. [London?]: [Edward and Charles Dilly?], 1763.

Jefferys, Thomas. Grenada Divided Into Its Parishes. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794.

Jefferys, Thomas. A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England: Containing the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, With the Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, Divided Into Counties and Townships: The Whole Composed From Actual Surveys and Its Situation Adjusted By Astronomical Observations. [Northern Section]. [London]: [Sayer and Bennett], 1776.

Mitchell, S. Augustus and W. H. Gamble. County Map of the State of Pennsylvania: With Inset Maps of Harrisburg, Williamsport, Erie, and Scranton. [Philadelphia]: [W.H. Gamble], 1873.

Pennsylvania From Space. Rockville, Md.: M-Sat, 1998.

Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles, and C. Haussard. Partie De L’Amerique Septentrionale: Qui Comprend Le Cours De L’Ohio, La Nlle. Angleterre, La Nlle York, Le New Jersey, La Pensylvanie, Le Maryland, La Virginie, La Caroline. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1755.

Sanson, Nicolas. Brtiannicæ [sic] Insulæ: In Quibus Albium Sive Britannia Maior Iuernia Sive Britannia Minor Tum Et Orcades, Ebudes, Ca’ssiterides. A Paris: Chez M. Tavernier graveur & imprimeur du Roy pour les cartes geographiques et aut[r]es tailles douces et a present chez Pierre Mariette, rue St. Iacques a l’Esperance, Avec privillege du Roy, 1641.

The United States and Its New Possessions: Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hawaii, Philippine Islands, and Alaska, With General Maps of Europe, Asia, Africa and Pan-America. Boston: Published by the National Publishing Company, 1900.

Wells, J. Phelps & Ensign’s Travellers’ Guide and Map of the United States: Containing the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat and Canal Routes &c. New York: T. & E.H. Ensign, 1844.

 

Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

[Home Rule]. London: Published Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1882.

 

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


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Coming soon to a public domain near you!

A fun thing to do on New Year’s Day (after a good night’s rest…! 🥳😄) is to see what new stuff is now freely available in the public domain! 2019 saw the first batch of new stuff to enter the U.S. public domain in over 20 years and I’m excited to see more stuff entering the public domain in 2020. On January 1, 2020, most* works published in the U.S. in 1924 will enter the public domain.

If you are not a copyright nerd and/or public domain enthusiast, the public domain is made up of works (books, movies, music, etc.) that are not protected by copyright or other intellectual property laws and are therefore free for anyone to use or reuse. This means that you can build upon these freely available works to create new works. For example, Disney has made tons of movies based on materials in the public domain, especially fairy tales. (On the flip side, Disney has also been heavily involved in lobbying for copyright extensions to make sure that their works are protected for as long as possible.)

Lifehacker has noted a few of the highlights from 1924 that will be entering the public domain, including the Buster Keaton silent movie Sherlock Jr., George Gershwin’s musical score for Rhapsody in Blue, and Agatha Christie’s book Poirot Investigates. Here in Falvey’s Distinctive Collections, we’ve got 93 books in our catalog that will potentially be entering the public domain next year. We’ve always got a lot in our scanning queue, but we’ll make sure to get a few shorter issues of 1924 popular literature periodicals up in early January to celebrate their entry into the public domain!

*U.S. Copyright law is complicated, so you should always double-check the status of works! In particular, audio recordings are governed by an entirely separate set of copyright laws.

Bake a cake to celebrate new stuff in the public domain! This issue of The People’s Home Journal entered the public domain this year. The People’s Home Journal, v. XXXVIII, no. 4, April, 1923.

Further Reading:

Bacon, Thomas. “Characters That Should Be Public Domain (If It Wasn’t For Disney).” ScreenRant. 25 August 2019.

Middleton, Theodora. “Do bad things happen when works enter the Public Domain?” Open Knowledge Foundation Blog. 8 October 2012.

Redmond, Sean. “U.S. Copyright History 1923–1964.” The New York Public Library. 31 May 2019.

“Why the Public Domain Matters.” Duke University School of Law, Center for the Study of the Public Domain. 2019.

And finally, if you’ll be in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 2020, you can attend a Public Domain Day party hosted at the American University Washington College of Law.


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Content Roundup — December 2019

Photograph, Unidentified ship in dazzle camouflage, [1917-1918?], Photograph collection of Walter Timothy, Jr.

Newly digitized over the last few weeks are a host of new materials. Highlighted here are just a few of the items added recently, incluging more Dime Novels and Story Papers, a minute book from the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, many maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, a rare book on history of the Augustinians, more Basketball photographs, Basketball guidebooks, a rare collection of WWI photographs from an African-American sailor in the United States Navy, Walter Timothy, Jr., a rare European travel journal from 1821, more Suburban Wayne Edition newspaper issues as well as National Defender newspaper issues. Happy Holiday to all!

Contributions from Augustinian Theologians and Scholars

Title page, Historia del Convento de S. Augustin de Salamanca

Historia del Convento de S. Augustin de Salamanca
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594826]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Turning a double trick; or, The Courage of a Bowery boy / by John R. Conway, private detective
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594586]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXVIII, no. 16, Saturday, April 16, 1910

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:593352]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:596709]

New York Family Story Paper (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570257]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:586397]

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:598671]

Philadelphia Saturday Courier (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:591561]

Portland Transcript (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:588831?lookfor=title%3Ajanuary]

Saturday Night (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584625]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584637]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584649]

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Minute Books

Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1889-1902
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:595767]

Great War

Photograph, Caruso and the Melville’s goats, [1917-1918?]

Photograph collection of Walter Timothy, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583730]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (52 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

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

Africa mit seinen besundern Laendern, Thieren, und wunderbarlichen Dingen / Sebastian Munster

Africa mit seinen besundern Laendern, Thieren, und wunderbarlichen Dingen / Sebastian Munster
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584503]

Senensis ditionis, accvrata descrip. ; Corsica ; Marcha Anconae, olim Picenvm. 1572
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:586469]

Carte de l’Asie Inferieure selon les auteurs anciens, enrichie de remarques historiques sur les changemens qui y sont arrivez
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584481]

Nouvelle carte d’Ecosse : ou l’on fait observer l’etat de la noblesse; les villes, et les bourgs qui deputent au parlement, et diverses autres remarques propres a conduire a l’inteligence de l’histoire de ce royaume / [Henri Chatelain]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584486]

Il Maryland, il Jersey Meridionale, la Delaware, e la parte orientales della Virginia, e Carolina Settentrionale
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:592160]

La Pensilvania, la Nuova York, il Jersey Settentrio:le, con la parte occidentale del Connecticut, Massachuset-s-bay e l’Irochesia
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:592166]

Penisola dell India di qua dal Gange : et Isole intorno ad essa adiacenti, descritta, et accresciuta di nuoue, e uarie notizie / da Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:586486]

Grenada divided into its parishes, / surveyed by order of his Excellence Governor Scott and engraved by Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:592155]

Partie de l’Amerique septentrionale
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:586481]

Brtiannicæ [sic] insulæ : in quibus Albium sive Britannia Maior Iuernia sive Britannia Minor tum et Orcades, Ebudes, Ca’ssiterides / aut N. Sanson Abbavillæo Christianiss. Galliarum regis geographo
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:586475]

A chart of North and South America : including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with the nearest coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:593902]

A new & accurate map of the seat of the late war in the West Indies : with a plan of the city and harbour of Havannah
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594276]

Santander

Santander
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579451]

A general mapp of the kingdom of Spaine / by Monsieur Sanson, geographer to the French king
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579445]

A map of the most inhabited part of New England, containing the provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, with the colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, divided into counties and townships
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594288]

County map of the state of Pennsylvania : With inset maps of Harrisburg, Williamsport, Erie, and Scranton / drawn and engraved by W.H. Gamble, Philadelphia
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584509]

Carte de l’isle de la Grenade, pour servir à l’histoire générale des voyages / par M.B., ingr. de la Me. 1758
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594252]

Carte des isles des Vierges / par le Sr B. Ingenr. de la Marine. 1758
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:594264]

Radnor Historical Society

Suburban, Wayne Times Edition (18 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Basketball images (26 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579126]

Front cover, Villanova College Basketball Facts, 31st Season, 1950-1951

Basketball Media Guides (8 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:598054]

World

1 p. , Notes on the Tour …

Notes of a tour on the continent, 1821
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:592210]


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WWI at Sea

We recently digitized the Photograph collection of Walter Timothy, Jr., an African American from Philadelphia who served in the United States Navy from 1911 to 1919. The collection consists of photos mainly from Timothy’s years in the Navy, but includes a few earlier photos as well.

Walter Timothy, Jr., was born on November 12, 1894 to Walter Timothy, Sr., and Rosa Timothy. The collection includes 2 photos of Timothy Jr. as a 16-month-old toddler. A few other uncaptioned portraits may depict family members.

The bulk of the photos document Timothy’s time as an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. Timothy enlisted in April 1911 and was honorably discharged in February 1919. While in the Navy, he served as a mess attendant and cook on several different ships. (The U.S. armed services were racially segregated until the latter half of the 20th century, with African Americans often relegated to support roles, such as stewards and mess workers.) The ships on which Timothy served were primarily assigned to convoy duties.

Photos of Navy life include several of Timothy’s shipmates, some in silly poses. There are also numerous photos of different kinds of ships, including several in “dazzle camouflage,” a technique in which ships were painted in bold geometric patterns in order to make them more difficult targets. Airships, airplanes, and submarines are depicted a few times as well. There are also a few photos of shipboard pets or mascots, including a cat, a dog, and a goat.

After the war, Timothy worked as a letter carrier. He married Laura Christine Ford in the 1920s and they do not appear to have had any children. Timothy died in May 1985.

Further reading:

A Short History on Segregation in the Navy: From the War of 1812 through World War II, U.S. Naval Institute blog, February 26, 2019. https://www.navalhistory.org/2019/02/26/a-short-history-on-segregation-in-the-navy-from-the-war-of-1812-through-world-war-ii

General Mess Manual and Cook Book, U.S. Navy, 1902. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/g/general-mess-manual-and-cook-book.html


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eBook available: Our Young Aeroplane Scouts In France and Belgium

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project to reach Project Gutenberg is another example of juvenile fiction from the World War I era: Our Young Aeroplane Scouts In France and Belgium by Horace Porter. Like Two American Boys with the Allied Armies, this was published in 1915, before the United States’ entry into the war.

In the novel, two airplane-loving friends, Billy and Henri, find themselves drawn into events as the war unfolds in France. Much of the narrative involves Henri’s efforts to retrieve his family’s treasure from the war zone, but the story is highly episodic and contains a variety of different scenarios. Its portrayal of death and combat is fairly unflinching for a children’s book. The writing itself is quite slangy and filled with unusual sentence constructions, making it surprisingly difficult for the modern-day reader to parse. Perhaps this was more accessible to its target audience at the time, though given that other books from the period remain much more readable today, it’s also possible the writing always felt awkward.

Awkward or not, the full text of the book is now available for free online reading (or download in a variety of common eBook formats) through Project Gutenberg.


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The Shelf List, November 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.

Map of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, including Lakes Erie, Ontario, and part of Huron.

La Pensilvania, la Nuova York, il Jersey Settentrio:le, con la parte occidentale del Connecticut, Massachuset-s-bay e l’Irochesia / Antonio Zatta.

Art Curiosa Collection

Ballou, Maturin M. 1820-1895. Ballou’s Pictorial. Boston, Mass.: M.M. Ballou, 1855.

The Boy’s Own Paper. London: Boy’s Own Paper Office, 1967.

The Evening Fire-side, or Weekly Intelligence in the Civil, Natural, Moral, Literary and Religious Worlds. Philadelphia: Joseph Rakestraw, 1804.

Every Saturday. Boston: Houghton.

Gleason, Frederick, and Maturin M. Ballou. Gleason’s Pictorial. Boston, Mass.: F. Gleason, 1852.

The Graphic: An Illustrated Weekly Magazine. London: Edward Joseph Mansfield, 1869.

The Household. Brattleboro, Vt.: Geo. E. Crowell, 1868.

The Illustrated London News. London: Illustrated London News, 1842.

Judge. New York: Judge Publishing Company.

New Buffalo Bill Weekly. New York: Street & Smith. (issues added)

The Odd Fellow. Boston: H.B. Skinner & Co., 1845.

Our Continent. Philadelphia: Our Continent Publishing Co, 1882.

Paterson, Alexander D. The Anglo American. New York: E.L. Garvin & Co., 1843.

Portland Transcript. Portland [Me.]: Gould & Elwell, 1846. (issues added)

 

Augustiniana Collection

Sheng Ko: Cantica Sacra : Collecta Et Ad Usum Sinensium Accommodata a P.A.G. Missionario Augustiniano in Vicariato De Chang-teh (Hu-nan). [S.l.: s.n.], 1927.

 

Early American Imprints

The American Weekly Messenger or Register of State Papers, History and Politics. Philadelphia: Printed for John Conrad, 1814.

Forney, John W. 1817-1881. The Press. Philadelphia [Pa.]: J.W. Forney, 1857.

Orsini, abbé 1802-1875., and J. Sadlier. Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God: With the History of the Devotion to Her; Completed By the Traditions of the East, the Writings of the Fathers, and the Private History of the Jews. New York; Boston; Montreal: D. & J. Sadlier & Co., 1854.

 

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

Chatelain, Henri Abraham. Carte De L’Asie Inferieure Selon Les Auteurs Anciens, Enrichie De Remarques Historiques Sur Les Changemens Qui Y Sont Arrivez. [Amsterdam?]: [s.n.], 1721.

Chatelain, Henri Abraham. Nouvelle Carte D’Ecosse: Ou L’on Fait Observer L’etat De La Noblesse; Les Villes, Et Les Bourgs Qui Deputent Au Parlement, Et Diverses Autres Remarques Propres a Conduire a L’inteligence De L’histoire De Ce Royaume. [Amsterdam]: [s.n.], 1719.

Münster, Sebastian. Africa Mit Seinen Besundern Laendern, Thieren, Und Wunderbarlichen Dingen. [Basel]: [Sebastian Henricpetri], 1588.

Ortelius, Abraham. Senensis Ditionis, Accvrata Descrip.: Corsica ; Marcha Anconae, Olim Picenvm. 1572.

Phillips, R. Sir, and Josiah Neele. A Map of the Country From Rariton River in East Jersey, to Elk Head in Maryland: Shewing the Several Operations of the American & British Armies, in 1776 & 1777. [London?]: Published Nov. 1, 1806, by Richard Phillips, New Bridge Street, 1806.

Zatta, Antonio. Il Maryland, Il Jersey Meridionale, La Delaware, E La Parte Orientales Della Virginia, E Carolina Settentrionale. [Venice]: [A. Zatta], 1785.

Zatta, Antonio. La Pensilvania, La Nuova York, Il Jersey Settentrio: Le, Con La Parte Occidentale Del Connecticut, Massachuset-s-bay E L’Irochesia. [Venice]: [A. Zatta], 1785.

 

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