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Green Voices of the Past: Joseph McGarrity, Irish Republicanism, and Irish Organizing in the Months before World War II

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

As a person with a passion for the history of World War II, it is needless to say I was intrigued at the prospect of transcribing Joseph McGarrity’s diary from 1939. Through his distinctive scrawling handwriting, McGarrity details his hopes, his Irish-republican organizing, and his personal opinions about the happenings of the world in the immediate months preceding the Second World War.

Photograph, Joseph McGarrity, standing with gloves, n.d.

Beyond this, McGarrity’s diary is immensely riveting in nature. Within just the first few pages, one is teleported into one of the Irish-republican effort’s most prolific minds, as he charts and plans how the Irish republican cause could benefit from an alliance with the Third Reich. On page ten of the manuscript McGarrity directly states that he sought, from an alliance with Nazi Germany, “technicians…particularly chemical experts,” to “ask for submarine experts to be trained,” and most tellingly with his intentions “that sufficient war stuffs be supplied in the line of war material for a major engagement in England.” As evidenced by McGarrity’s rhetoric, McGarrity and his Irish republican compatriots were planning for a major military effort and armed engagements on mainland England in the months preceding World War II. This is significant, as from my experience with McGarrity’s personal manuscripts, this is the first time he directly alluded to his involvement in arms procurement for the sole purpose of armed warfare with England. Furthermore, McGarrity’s diary entry directly points to a major Irish-republican effort to align itself with Hitler’s Nazi Germany right before World War II.

p. 10, Diary, “Diary, Joseph McGarrity, 1939,” Joseph McGarrity, 1939.

Most pertinently, McGarrity’s diary points to an intentional effort of Irish Republicans to organize armed engagement beyond anonymous bombings in England, which McGarrity chronicles in his diary as well. The purpose of this alignment with Germany in 1939 for McGarrity, was to force England to remove its forces from Northern Ireland and to allow both Ireland and Northern Ireland to unite into a single republican nation. If this were to occur, McGarrity believed that recognition by other nations was critical to the success of a completely independent and united Ireland, as he professes on page ten “since the freedom of Ireland would mean the freedom of the seas early Recognition by German Italy + [sic] Spain and as many of the Government as Germany and Her Allies can influence should come as early a date as possible.” Clearly, McGarrity saw an alliance with Nazi Germany as a clear way to push forward the effort to unite the Ireland and Northern Ireland. Distinctively, further corroborating McGarrity’s intention is his statement on page ten, “in case war supplies must be landed in England so that an Irish Republican force can get into action there on a big scale I feel sure they would be joined by many thousands of Irish once operations would begin in England.”

Expounding on McGarrity’s idea that the Irish Republican cause would benefit through an alliance with Germany, McGarrity, throughout his diary is incredibly critical of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his cabinet, and the British parliament. Evidence for this lies in McGarrity’s numerous newspaper clippings he includes in his diary, that often only include critical assessments of the British government or critical views surrounding Roosevelt’s intentions towards the Irish cause.

As a whole, McGarrity’s 1939 diary offers important insight into the way Irish Americans, and Irish republicans like Joseph McGarrity, sought to align themselves, as well as sought to continue the Irish republican cause in the immediate months before the Second World War.

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Emily Poteat is a graduate assistant in Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, and a graduate student in the History Department.


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New Exhibit: “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, both in the Library’s first floor display cases and online.

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory highlights the generous donation of a collection of books and items about the Arctic and Antarctic recently given to the Library’s Distinctive Collections by Dr. James Wheeler. “In organizing this exhibit, we really wanted to share the depth and range of this new collection,” says Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian and co-curator of the exhibit. “It was also important that we make connections with our other collections materials as well as current issues affecting the polar regions today such as global warming and climate change. These connections really enhance the relevancy of this collection.”

“The title reflects these themes of ‘imagining’ and ‘remembering’ that are present throughout the exhibit,” says Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist and the other co-curator. “Many of the items on display are published narrative memoirs of expedition journeys written for general audiences.” From the exhibit introduction:

While these explorative voyages were scientific in nature, the books satisfied public fascination with the polar regions by visualizing previously unknown territories through word and image. But even as explorers filled in and corrected maps and myths, we continue to imagine and construct—from works of pure fiction to conjectures of lost expeditions. And as we read about “that fairyland of ice” we watch it slowly disappear as dire warnings about climate change threaten what we have come to know of the Arctic and Antarctic—once again to mind and memory.

The online exhibit contains additional materials beyond what is on display in the Library. “We are physically limited by what will actually fit in the cases,” says Oviedo, “and we can only show one page of a book at a time, for example, whereas online we can show several pages or even an entire book if we want.” Links to items that have been fully digitized in Villanova’s Digital Library are included when applicable. The online exhibit includes additional section headings as well as a Q & A with Dr. James Wheeler about collecting and acquiring the eclectic collection that now bears his name.

The exhibit was curated by Oviedo and Bang. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. Photos courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist.


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eBook available: Nimble Ike, the Trick Ventriloquist

Decades before the invention of the modern comic book and other contemporary forms of entertainment, dime novels were pioneering some of the conventions that would later become commonplace. For example, in the growing field of detective fiction, Old Sleuth (the pseudonym of Harlan Page Halsey) created an array of colorful and quirky detective characters, and even experimented with having their paths cross from time to time. One might dare call it the “Old Sleuth Bibliographic Universe.” A few years ago, we shared one of these “crossover events” as a Project Gutenberg eBook: The Twin Ventriloquists. Our latest release, produced with help from the Distributed Proofreaders project, is an earlier story from the same series: the origin story of Nimble Ike, the Trick Ventriloquist, a self-described “rousing tale of fun and frolic.”

The book tells of the early career of Nimble Ike, a young orphan boy raised by a globetrotting magician, who is left to fend for himself and decides to use his incredible powers of ventriloquism to fight crime (and play the occasional prank). Along the way, he befriends a more experienced detective and uncovers a plot against a young banker. It is written in Old Sleuth’s signature style, with the narrative frequently broken up by repetitive, staccato dialog (the better to fill pages with, when you’re churning out dime novels at a frantic pace). While not a literary masterpiece, the book delivers what its audience likely expected from it: a bit of mystery, a bit of action, and a bit of humor (though the prank sequences are unlikely to elicit much laughter from a modern reader).

Nimble Ike would go on to star or co-star in another six adventures written by Old Sleuth, so apparently there was a market for ventriloquism-based detective fiction.

If you want to experience this story for yourself, you can find the full text available for online reading (or download in popular eBook formats) at Project Gutenberg, or you can view the original scanned book in our Digital Library.


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Content Roundup – End of December 2021- to Mid-January 2022

Resources recently digitized and published are highlighted in this multi-week edition of the Content Roundup. Having entered the public domain this year, some 1926 content is featured as are continued digitization work on dime novel and story paper collections.

Americana

Remember the Maine Collection

Maine Memorial Service Held At White’s Opera House, Concord, N.H., Tuesday evening, March 22, 1898
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Record/vudl:684420]

Annie L. Tuttle papers

Sheet music, “The Quinnipiac River” / words by Mrs. Willard W. Tuttle, music by M. Hanford
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684361]

Notebook, “Our Banner Year Satin Finish” / Annie L.Tuttle
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684372]

Notebook, “My First Hunting Season” / Annie L.Tuttle
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:685351]

Magazines

Rear cover, Journeys Beautiful: the magazine of travel, v. 1, no. 11, October 1925

Journeys Beautiful: the magazine of travel (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683996]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, Dean Dunham; or, The Waterford mystery / by Horatio Alger, Jr.

Dean Dunham; or, The Waterford mystery / by Horatio Alger, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684699]

Front cover, Buffalo Bill’s dead drop; or, Pawnee Bill betrayed / by the author of “Buffalo Bill.”

New Buffalo Bill Weekly (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:596124?recordID=vudl%3A680328]

Periodicals

New York clipper, v. XXX, no. 48, Saturday, February 17, 1883

New York Clipper (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:658811]

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 2, Saturday, January 12, 1918

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:639387]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:639422]

Front cover, They’re after me / adapted, with original words, by Monroe H. Rosenfeld

They’re after me / adapted, with original words, by Monroe H. Rosenfeld (Boys of New York supplement)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:669120]

Blade and Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683972]

New York Fireside Companion (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561307?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

New York Ledger (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:649658?lookfor=title%3Adecember]

Front cover, The People’s Home Journal, v. XXIII, no. 12, December, 1908

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684126]

Boys’ World (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:647305]

Girls’ Companion (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:652562?lookfor=title%3Adecember]

Detail, p. [1], The golden era, v. XXII, no. 2, Sunday morning, December 7, 1873

The Golden Era (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684309?lookfor=title%3Adecember]

[305] p., Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. XXI, no. 540, Saturday June 4, 1898

Golden Hours (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683639]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683659]

New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Aaugust]

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:655987]

Joseph McGarrity

Detail, [1] p., The Gaelic American – v. 5, no. 8, February 22, 1908, Whole Number 232

The Gaelic American (1908:7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:662603]

Newspaper Collection

The Stethoscope : Echoes of the Battalion (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:683006]

Detail, p. 2, The Cleveland News, v. 85, no. 141, Friday, May 21, 1926

The Cleveland News (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684060]

Pennsylvaniana

T.A. Daly Collection

A Little Book of American Humorous Verse, 1926
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:680116]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration

Title page, The Adventure of Wrangel Island

The Adventure of Wrangel Island, 1926
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:679650]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Mosaic: News from Falvey Memorial Library, Fall 2021
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Record/vudl:683107]


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New Year, New Status

By Rebecca Oviedo

Every year since 2019 we have delighted in reviewing our Distinctive Collections for new titles entering the public domain to scan and bring to you in our Digital Library each new year. For 20 years prior to 2019, new items to the public domain were restricted due to a copyright extension enacted in 1998. Laura Bang wrote an excellent review and round-up of further reading on the blog in December 2019.

This year we’re adding two works that have been included in two of our online exhibits but could not previously be shared in full due to copyright. Alright, well one exhibit is brand new this year, so it didn’t have to wait very long!

Joining nine other titles already in the public domain by Villanova alumnus, poet, and author Thomas Augustine Daly is A Little Book of American Humorous Verse, published in Philadelphia in 1926. Dedicated “to all lovers of the laughing muse,” T.A. Daly has compiled a selection of light verse by American authors ranging from the well-known and enduring Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to his own friends and contemporaries Christopher Morley, Joyce Kilmer, and of course, himself.

Coming soon is our brand new exhibit, “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory, which includes Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s 1926 The Adventure of Wrangel Island, from the James Wheeler collection. This copy is inscribed by Stefansson himself to his friend Henry Grier Bryant (1859-1932), a fellow explorer and writer from Philadelphia. Stefansson was a prolific author with 12 other books in the Wheeler collection, many of them also signed copies.

Of course 2022 also brings new additions to our Dime Novel and Popular Literature collection including these newspapers from 1926: a September issue of Chicago’s Blade and Ledger and a May 21st issue of The Cleveland News. Well into Prohibition, catching my eye in this latter issue is an advertisement for Pabst-ett, “the new finer food that’s more than cheese” from Pabst Brewing Company and an article on the front page reporting on the perjury trial of a Broadway theater producer’s “bathtub party” allegedly at which “pretty Joyce Hawley, Broadway model, ‘entirely undressed,’ splashed merrily in a bathtub of bubbling champagne while a score of men drank from the contents of the tub.”  !!!

Other major titles freely available this year include A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. This past December, The Public Domain Review did a festive advent-style calendar in anticipation of new items in the public domain for 2022. Here’s to a new year!

 


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

 

 


 

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Content Roundup – Last Weeks – December 2021

Negative, Track Team, 1970

We finish out 2021 with the highlights of digitized and described content from December 2021 as the year concludes. Notable materials include over 90 negatives on Villanova’s track and field program, issues from 2 newspapers from the American Occupation of Korea 1946, 2 new trade catalogs, 2 volumes of Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn from the Gregor Mendel Collection, 7 items from the James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration and more Dime Novels and story paper issues!

Americana

Front, Postcard, Easter greetings!

Postcard, Easter Greetings!
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682194]

Catalogs and Trade materials

p. [14], Lange Motor Trucks

Lange Motor Trucks : the truck built on experience. Catalogue D. Made in Pittsburgh
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682974]

p. [3], Illustrated book of animals

Illustrated book of animals
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682260]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Tom Tracy; or, The trials of a New York newsboy / by Horatio Alger, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682402]

Front cover

Jack Harkaway’s schooldays / by Bracebridge Hemyng
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:681263]

Periodicals

Fireside at Home (7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:655104?lookfor=%22v.+III%22]

Detail, p. 238, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. X, no. 254, April 9, 1870

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383292?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

Girls’ Companion (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:652562?lookfor=title%3Aoctober]

Front cover, Buffalo Bill’s dead drop; or, Pawnee Bill betrayed

New Buffalo Bill Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:596124?lookfor=series%3A(8+OR+11+OR+30+OR+34)]

New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Ajune]

Detail, p. [225], The Weekly novelette, v. V, no. 15, Saturday, June 25, 1859

Weekly Novelette (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660067?lookfor=title%3Ajune]

Newspapers

[1] p., The Stethoscope : Echoes of the Battalion, v. 1, no. 7, April 29, 1946

The Stethoscope (1946: 2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:683006]

Front cover, The hour glass : Seventh Infantry Division, v. 1, no. 1, Sunday, January 16, 1946

The hour glass : Seventh Infantry Division (1946: 19 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682193]

Flora, Fauna, and the Human Form

Mendel Collection

[99] p., Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn, II Band, 1863

Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn (2 volumes added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:680779]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:678636]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration

Front, Map, Key Map of Canadian Arctic Expedition, Discoveries in the Arctic Sea, 1914-18

Map, Key Map of Canadian Arctic Expedition, Discoveries in the Arctic Sea, 1914-18
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682175]

Photograph, portrait of Admiral Richard Byrd, signed, undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682169]

Photograph, portrait of Lincoln Ellsworth, signed, November 1936
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682187]

Front, Photograph, Richard E. Byrd and Donald B. MacMillan shaking hands, signed, undated

Photograph, Richard E. Byrd and Donald B. MacMillan shaking hands, signed, undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682915]

Portrait engraving of Elisha Kent Kane, M.D., U.S.N., undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682968]

Front, Receipt, signed by John Franklin, Capt. R. N., February 7, 1825

Receipt, signed by John Franklin, Capt. R. N., February 7, 1825
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682181]

Plate II, recto, John Ross : Entdeckungsreise unter den befehlen der Britischen Admiralität mit den königlichen schiffen Isabella und Alexander um Baffins Bay auszuforschen und die Möglichkeit einer nordwestlichen Durchfahrt zu Untersuchen.

John Ross : Entdeckungsreise unter den befehlen der Britischen Admiralität mit den königlichen schiffen Isabella und Alexander um Baffins Bay auszuforschen und die Möglichkeit einer nordwestlichen Durchfahrt zu Untersuchen
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:681874]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Negative, Track, 1966

Track and Field Images (1966-1970: 90 negatives added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:640801]


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Happy Holidays from the Archives

Villanova Monthly Cover

The Villanova Monthly, Vol. 4. No. 8, December 1896

As the question, “what are you doing for break?” begins to spread over the land and deep sighs hoping for finals to end, the University Archives extends a Happy Holidays to all the Villanova students, staff, and faculty this year. Here is a past glance of the December 1896 Villanova Monthly (precursor to The Villanovan).

 

Christmas Time Poem by John Whelan

The poem is written by John I. Whelan, a 1895 graduate and 1894-5 school year recipient of Gold Medals for Logic, English Literature, & Chemistry.

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Green Voices of the Past: Joseph McGarrity’s last diary

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

p. 33, Diary, “Decker’s Special 200 pages,” Joseph McGarrity, 1940.

From his unique handwriting, to his strong and decisive beliefs, Joseph McGarrity has been one of the most engaging individuals I have encountered in my work thus far. McGarrity was born on March 28, 1874 and lived until September 04, 1940, and lived a life defined by work towards a unified and independent Ireland. As an Irish-American political activist, McGarrity strove to spread Irish republican values through his work in organizations like the Clan-na-Gael. McGarrity’s 1940 diary, gives a glimpse into what was defining McGarrity’s concerns and political activism during the final years of his life. Filled with newspaper clippings, and personal anecdotes, McGarrity’s diary allows a deeper insight into McGarrity as a person, and how hie viewed England in the age of World War II, and the Irish Civil War.

While steadfastly rooting against England in World War II, McGarrity was perturbed and continually concerned with justice for Irish republicans battling for a unified and independent Ireland. This is most evident in McGarrity’s diary, as primarily in this manuscript McGarrity’s political activism is centered on having the sentences of two Irish Republican Army members commuted. James Richards and Peter Barnes, were sentenced to death following their alleged role in a bombing in Coventry in 1939. Following this sentence, McGarrity immediately began advocacy work to have the sentence commuted, as McGarrity believed the trial to have been carried out in an unjust manner; moreover, McGarrity viewed both Richards and Barnes as prisoners of war in the ongoing Irish Civil War.

From McGarrity’s diary, both his work to commute the executions, and beliefs towards the executions of Barnes and Richards is illuminated. The first mention of this is on page 12 of the manuscript, where McGarrity writes on the resolution he and James P McGranery, a congressman, were working to have presented to congress. McGarrity, in going into greater detail on the resolution on the commutation of the sentence for Richards and Barnes wrote in an entry on January 21, 1940 wrote, “conferred with James P. McGranery regarding resolution in protest of the execution now proposed by England of two Irish Prisoners of war He McGranery hopes to have resolution offered on floor of Congress.”

As the diary progresses, McGarrity’s work does come to fruition, as the resolution he and McGranery wrote was taken up by another congressman, Thomas A. Flaherty, who agreed to present the resolution to congress. McGarrity and McGranery’s resolution called for the ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom to petition the English government to commute the death sentences of Barnes and Richards. This resolution gained media attention, and McGarrity featured the clippings of the resolution in his diary, one clipping was entitled “Bill Asks Roosevelt To Aid I.R.A. Men.”

As time passes in McGarrity’s diary, McGarrity’s passion towards his work for the commutation of the two IRA members becomes clearer. Impassioned prayers are laden throughout the manuscript. For example, in an entry on January 30, 1940, McGarrity passionately proclaimed in his diary “God I thank thou for thy Devine [sic] Help. Smite of Smite this enemy of Ireland and of right.” Further exemplifying the tendency to include prayers in his diary, McGarrity upon writing on the decision of England to continue with the executions despite the pushback that his resolution generated wrote, “God sustain our boys who are to die tomorrow for Ireland may retaliation be swift on part of I.R.A.”

While McGarrity’s advocacy and resolution for the Barnes and Richards did not result in a commutation of their sentences, this episode in McGarrity’s diary illuminates both McGarrity’s dedication to Irish republican ideals, and his commitment to aiding those who were working towards the same goal. From showing his steadfast commitment against England and for Ireland, as well as more emotion in his impassioned moments of prayer, McGarrity’s 1940 diary is an excellent source for better understanding McGarrity as an advocate, but also as an individual. Moreover, this diary gives a deep insight into what was of the most pressing concern to McGarrity near the end of his life.

Photograph, “The Late Joseph McGarrity,” n.d.

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Emily Poteat is a graduate assistant in Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, and a graduate student in the History Department.

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New Digital Collection: Irish International Exhibition, 1907

 

We recently digitized a collection of colorful postcards and other ephemeral materials related to the Irish International Exhibition held in Dublin, 1907. These items are part of a larger collection of Irish postage stamps and postcards given to Falvey Memorial Library by Johan Albert Norstedt (1937-2020). View the items in our Digital Library HERE.

The Irish International Exhibition was a world’s fair held in Herbert Park, in the Ballsbridge neighborhood of Dublin from May to October, 1907. It was typical of expositions of the time which were meant to promote industry, arts, and manufacturing and to stimulate trade and commerce. Featured buildings included a Grand Central Palace, the Fine Art Gallery, the Palace of Industries, the Palace of Mechanical Arts, a Canadian Pavilion, and a Concert Hall and Bandstand. A program for the exhibition details the buildings and features, which also included “an extensive lake with picturesque bridges and islands, … a Water Chute, Rivers of Ireland, Switchback Railway, Helter Skelter Lighthouse, Shooting Galleries, and Somali Village” as “some of the numerous Side-Shows which afford amusement to visitors.” The Somali Village was an ethnological exposition or a “human zoo” and a quite literal display of British imperialism.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a welcome new addition to our Digital Library where you can also find the full 204-page Official Catalogue for the exhibition in the Joseph McGarrity Collection as well as many references and reactions in our extensive newspaper holdings. One such article appears in The Gaelic American, a newspaper published in New York City devoted to the cause of Irish independence from British rule. The cartoon titled “Irish Anti-National Exhibition 1907” and the article headline says it all: “The International Exhibition Fraud: British Show in Dublin a Mere Loyalist Demonstration – Chief Manufactures on Exhibition are Loyalty, British Officials, Soldiers, and Castle Hacks.”

 


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

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eBook available: Let Us Kiss and Part

Another novel by prolific story paper author Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller has been added to Project Gutenberg thanks to content from our Digital Library and volunteer labor from the Distributed Proofreaders Project.

Let Us Kiss and Part; or, A Shattered Tie features many of the author’s favorite themes: accidental live burials, terrible family secrets, and jealousy-driven violence. In spite of a lot of familiar content, it also cracks the mold here and there. One character, a fortune teller who would rather be reading mystery novels, offers a bit of self-reflection about popular fiction. The book’s structure seems fairly conventional until the story is completely resolved at the end of chapter 41, and the next nineteen chapters tell an almost entirely unrelated second story.

If you want to take a look for yourself, you can find the full text of the book available for online reading and download in popular eBook formats through Project Gutenberg.


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