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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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Thanksgiving Hop

Thanksgiving Hop

In continuation of exploring traditions of the past, the University Archives highlights Villanova’s penchant for a good party with the Thanksgiving Hop.

1927 Yearbook description of Thanksgiving Hop

1927 Belle Air Yearbook

Thanksgiving break has always gotten students excited for a study break and return home to see family and friends. In the 1920s, before students made their trek home for Thanksgiving, the Senior class would host a Thanksgiving Hop, later known as the Thanksgiving Dance, for all the students. The night would be filled with dancing, live music, and good food to send off students. The Hop appeared as a co-ed dance and lasted with different incarnations into the 1950s.

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Content Roundup – Third Week – November 2021

Selection, p. [1], Street and Smith’s New York Weekly : a journal of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, &c., v. 60, no. 19, February 18, 1905

This week we present a raft of newly digitized materials including more Dime Novels and story paper issues, and more newspaper issues from the Joseph McGarrity Collection and from the Radnor Historical Society.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Selina’s love story : or, The winning of a heart / by Effie Adelaide Rowlands
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:675187]

Frank Merriwell, Jr., and the talking head : or, A mystery neatly solved / by Burt L. Standish
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:674445]

Old Broadbrim keeping his vow; or, The tangled mystery of the Quaker City / by the author of “Old Broadbrim.”

Old Broadbrim Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:287323?lookfor=series%3A%2815+OR+17+OR+19+OR+23%29&submit=Set]

Mischievous Matt / by Bracebridge Hemyng

Round the World Library (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:675828]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:675510]

Periodicals

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. X, no. 245, February 5, 1870

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:658215]

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

Street & Smith’s Literary Album, v. I, no. 20, May 5, 1866

Street & Smith’s Literary Album (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629804?lookfor=title%3Amay]

Selection, p. [1], Street and Smith’s New York Weekly : a journal of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, &c., v. 60, no. 18, February 11, 1905

Street & Smith’s New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Afebruary]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Selection, p. [1], Sinn fein, v. 2, no. 29, Saturday, May 10, 1924

Sinn fein (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:676207]

Selection, p. [1], The Gaelic American – Vol. IV No. 40, October 5, 1907, Whole Number 212

Gaelic American (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:266848]

Radnor Historical Society

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 35, no. 23, January 23, 1920

The Suburban, Wayne Times Edition (9 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]


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International Students’ Day

Happy International Students’ Day! International students attending Villanova is as old as the institution itself, as we remember it was Irish Augustinians’ who founded the College. Not only were Irish the first international students to attend but also Spanish, Cuban, and Puerto Rican students. As you can see in the 1870-1871 list of students.

More history on the earliest students and campus life can be found in Distinctive Collections’ Annual Catalogue collection available in the digital library.

International Students’ Day originates from students’ resistance in the streets of Prague against Nazi occupation on November 17, 1939.  Nazis arrested 1,200 students from Czech universities and sent them to concentration camps and shut down all Czech colleges and universities. The resistance inspired the establishment of an anti-Nazi students coalition. In 1941, November 17 was declared International Students Day by the International Students Council in London, which became the  foundation for the International Union of Students. Today, International Students’ Day has evolved beyond observance of student activism, but a celebration the cultural diversity that international students bring to their universities.

 

 

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Content Roundup – Mid-November – 2021

Newly digitized and available this week are a large set of materials from Distinctive Collections; notable items include: more story paper issues, more Dime Novels, two rare Irish newspapers from the Joseph McGarrity Collection, and a trove of Villanova materials related to Hunger Awareness Week, the Black Student League, and Christmas.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Old Broadbrim among the thugs of Harlem; or, Landing a big catch / by the author of “Old Broadbrim.”

Old Broadbrim Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:287323?lookfor=series%3A(8+OR+11+OR+12+OR+13)]

Periodicals

Front cover selection, The Chicago Ledger, v. VI, no. 25, Saturday, June 22, 1878

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660879]

[225] p., Golden Days : for Boys and Girls, v. VIII, no. 15, March 12, 1887

Golden Days (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:650112?lookfor=title%3Amarch]

Munro’s girls and boys of America, v. VI, no. 148, July 29, 1876

Munro’s Girls and Boys of America (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:655036]

[273] p., Street & Smith’s Literary Album, v. I, no. 18, April 21, 1866

Street & Smith’s Literary Album (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629804?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

Street and Smith’s New York Weekly, v. 60, no. 13, January 7, 1905

Street & Smith’s New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Ajanuary]

Weekly Novelette (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660067?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

The Irish Republic, v. 2, no. 8, August, 1940

The Irish Republic (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673980]

Irish Freedom (31 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:667462]

Villanova Digital Collection

Hunger Awareness Week:

Photograph, Rev. John M. Driscoll, O.S.A., Ph.D., President, Hunger Awareness Week, March 1985
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673267]

Letter, Hunger Awareness, November 5, 1986
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673865]

Black Student League:

Black Student League Program, February 14-27, 1971
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673841]

Black Student League Poster, February 14-27, 1971
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673849]

Black Student League & Moratorium Committee, undated.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673855]

Christmas:

Photograph, Campus, Alumni Hall Winter Scene, circa 1920s
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673261]

Program, Villanova College Chapel, Christmas Carols, December 12, 1951
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673287]

Program, Villanova University Christmas Concert, December 15, 1959
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673308]

Program, Villanova University Christmas Concert, December 5, 1960
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673316]

Program, Villanova University Christmas Concert, December 10, 1971

Program, Villanova University Christmas Concert, December 10, 1971
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673322]

Letter, To: “Friends of the Villanova Singers”, From: Rev. Edward L. Hamel, November 7, 1975
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673330]

Program, Christmas Informal Dance (Western Pennsylvania Club), December 30, 1926
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:673336]

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Green Voices of the Past: The German and Irish Connection during World War I

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 ignited international political tensions, and catapulted the world into World War I a month later. World War I was fraught with multiple layers of political significance for countries and individuals across the world. For the Irish American Club, who called themselves the Clan-na-Gael, the Great War presented a way for Irish Americans to directly work against the interests of the British, and towards forming political ties to support the cause of Irish Independence. In the Minute Book of the Board of Officers for the Irish American Club, the way in which Irish Americans, in the Irish American Club, actively engaged in support of the German war effort comes to light, and offers new insight into ways Irish Americans engaged in Irish republicanism during the early twentieth century.

Seemingly the disdain and urgency to work against British interests in World War I emerged soon after the onset of the conflict. Just short of two months after the beginning of World War I, on September 20, 1914, the Irish American Club in their meeting minutes for that day’s meeting discuss ways to work against Irish people fighting for the English in the war. This is clear with the statement “A motion was passed that a re-union [sic] be called for next Sunday night to pass resolutions condemning the action of Redmond and those so called Irish leaders in urging the Irish people to join the English army to fight against Germany” (p. 308). With this strong assertion against Irishmen fighting for the English in World War I, it is clear that the Irish Americans were conflating support of the English with anti-republicanism, as this war was viewed by the Irish American Club as serving the interests of the British. Because of this understanding of the First World War, the Irish American Club worked earnestly to support the opposing side of the war, the Germans.

The Irish American Club’s support of the German war effort emerges from the pages of the Minute Book of the Board of Officers for the club, in the form of both advocacy work and monetary support. For, on page 392 of the minute book, in an entry of meeting minutes from March 21, 1915, the club donated seven hundred dollars to the German and Austrian Red Cross. This is evident with the statement “Bro McGarrity produced a receipt from the German + Austrian Consuls for $70000…for the German + Austrian Red Cross” (p.392). Clearly with a monetary contribution of that value, the Irish American Club were staking their claim and attempting to make ties with the Germans in working against the British war effort. Further denoting this tie between the Irish Americans and the German war effort, “a letter of thanks from the German Ambassador at Washington thanking Clan Na Gael for” the donation of money to the German and Austrian Red Cross was delivered to the Irish American Club (p. 392). In addition to their monetary support, the Irish American Club also held demonstrations in connection with German-American societies in support of American neutrality in the war.

The Gaelic American v. 12, Philadelphia, May 15, 1915

This tie between Germany and the Clan-na-Gael, under the name of the Irish American Club, is interesting to note, as it connects to other attempts to forge alliances between the Irish and the Germans. Prior to the Easter Rising, Clan-na-Gael representatives requested support from the German ambassador in the United States as early as 1914. With this information in mind, the actions of the Irish American Club in supporting the German war effort could have been in the hopes of gaining more definite support for their own revolution against England. As a whole, the actions of the Irish American Club in their support for Germany in World War I give further insight into the activities twentieth century Irish American organizations took in working towards their goal of Irish independence.

Advertisement, “Grosse Massen-Demonstration unter den Asupicien des Irish-American Club,” 1916.

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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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Content Roundup – Last Week – October 2021

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 26, no. 24, September 16, 1910

Newly scanned and available this week: new Dime Novels and story- and newspaper issues – including issues of the The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition) from the Radnor Historical Society, several books and pamphlets, and a statistical history of Villanova football.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

La Tosca : founded on the famous play of the same name / by Victorien Sardou
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:666872]

Non-Fiction

Front cover, Our Nation At War, v. 5, no. 3, July 19, 1898

Our nation in war (3 parts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:667463]

Everybody’s law book / by John L. Shirley
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:653513]

Periodicals

p. [153], Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. X, no. 244, January 29, 1870

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:653954]

New York Family Story Paper (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:661326]

New York Fireside Companion (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:665483?lookfor=title%3Amarch]

New York Ledger (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:649658?lookfor=title%3Aaugust]

p. [97], Street & Smith’s Literary Album, v. I, no. 7, February 3, 1866

Street & Smith’s Literary Album (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629804?lookfor=title%3Afebruary]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

Front cover, The Ardagh chalice

The Ardagh chalice; a description of the ministral chalice found at Ardagh in county Limerick in the year 1868; with a note on its traditional conformity to the Holy Grail of legend and story / by L.S. Góga
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:666671]

Newspaper

Irish freedom, no. 16, February 1912

Irish Freedom (14 issues and 1 subscription card added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:667462]

Newspapers

Detail, [1] p., Saturday Globe, v. 20, no. 8, Saturday, July 7, 1900

Saturday Globe (21 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:646198]

Pennsylvaniana

Description of Pompeian ruins, restorations and scenes exhibited at the Pompeian Museum, Fairmount Park / published by authority of the Park Commission
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:661630]

Fall classic Altoona Speedway : national 250-mile championship. Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1st, 1924
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:661650]

Radnor Historical Society

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), (8 issues added July-September 1910)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:620529]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Title page, Villanova University football; a statistical history

Villanova University Football; a statistical history / Compiled by: Rev. Michael J. O’Donnell, O.S.A.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660449]

Photographs and Illustrations

Photograph, Special Olympics, 1992

Student Life (2 Special Olympics photographs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:662591]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:662597]


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eBook available: Cliquot

The latest Project Gutenberg release from our collections (courtesy of the Distributed Proofreaders project) is Kate Lee Ferguson‘s Cliquot, a novel focusing on the romantic life of a Southern man whose future depends on the success of a dangerous race horse in his possession.

The book was published by T. B. Peterson & Brothers, a Philadelphia publisher with a long history of producing paper-covered books. By 1889, when this particular title was published, thick and inexpensive paper-covered books were becoming more widespread, and Peterson’s offerings were expensive by comparison to those of many of their competitors.

Cliquot sold for 25 cents, making it one of the Peterson firm’s least expensive titles, yet it still cost more than twice as much as the dime novels coming from firms like Street & Smith. This particular book doesn’t compare favorably to the competition in terms of value for money, either — the novel is quite short and is made to appear longer through the use of wide margins and tall line heights, and a substantial portion of the page count is taken up with extensive advertising from the publisher.

As an arguably overpriced title in the catalog of a waning publisher, it is not surprising that this story has been largely forgotten since its publication more than a century ago. However, it would likely not have fared much better even under more favorable circumstances. In addition to being short enough to barely qualify as a novel, the tale’s disorganized narrative and underdeveloped characters suggest that they author may not have invested a great deal of time and effort into the work.

While the novel itself is unlikely to make a strong impression, its author seems to have lived an eventful and sometimes challenging life, as evidenced by the biography at the Mississippi Writers & Musicians, and this work may be more interesting when viewed as part of that larger story. If you wish to see for yourself, the full text is available for online reading or download in commonly used eBook formats through Project Gutenberg.


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Homecoming Traditions

Homecoming got its start on college campuses as a fall celebration of the first football game of the season, for which alumni would return to their alma maters. For Villanova, in particular, originated as an annual homecoming known as Alumni Day, which consisted with a football game, dinner, and alumni business meeting. The alumni returning is a long tradition as the alumni association started in 1875.

Homecoming photographs, December 1941

Homecoming really took off as an all campus event around the 1930s. It was not until the 1950s when Homecoming became a multi-day event for the entire Villanova community.

Here are some of the major traditions:

Dorm Decorations

Dorm decorations, 1960

Dorm Decorations, 1960

Dorm, 1950s

Dorm Decorations, 1950s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Homecoming week the dorms would have a decoration contest for the best decorations. The theme usually surrounded Villanova’s victory on the field.

Bonfire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Homecoming bonfire was a long-standing Wildcat tradition that kicked off the weekend’s festivities.

Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A surprising tradition, certainly not seen today, is the Homecoming parade where prior to the big game Wildcats would have a car parade through campus to the football field. Like the dorm decoration there would be float decoration contests.

Game Day

Kissing booth, 1983

Kissing booth, 1983

Homecoming, 1983

Homecoming, 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, Homecoming revolved around the big football game. Longstanding foes have been Georgetown University and Temple University.

Homecoming Dance

Dance, 1939

Dance, 1939

 

And to cap off the festivities was the annual Homecoming dance.

Homecoming court, 1983

Homecoming court, 1983

Homecoming court, 1990s

Homecoming court, 1990s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many more images of Homecoming can be found in the Digital Library and Villanova University Archives


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