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Over ten years ago, Distinctive Collections posted a blog post, “THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…,” about the many materials that are too difficult to digitize. Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, described how the unique Special Collections materials sometimes are too fragile or too tightly bound to be properly scanned. Another complication brought to light is how complex materials once digitized can lose its context with each other. For example, digitizing scrapbooks with many components are digitized individually may lose the interrelationships between each other and the scrapbook as a whole.  These obstacles highlight how the argument for “digitize everything” is not so simple or easy. But with the years of upgrades to the Villanova Digital Library we are able to revisit the scrapbooks that could not originally be digitized!

A page from the O'Reilly scrapbook. Includes envelopes sent to O'Reilly.A page of O'Reilly Scrapbook. Includes newspaper articles and envelopes.

Robert Maitland O’Reilly Congratulatory Letters Scrapbook

The Robert Maitland O’Reilly Congratulatory Letters Scrapbook, was mentioned as one such scrapbook that could not be digitized, with over a hundred letters in their original envelopes and many loose newspaper clippings. The scrapbook is a compilation of personal and professional congratulatory correspondence upon his appointment as Surgeon General. The letters and telegrams come from across the globe. As mentioned, the complexity and amount of loose material would be very difficult to scan and retain connection. Today, the digital library allows for pagination for the scrapbook and complex digital objects to be individually scanned yet retain connection as one entire entity in the digital library.

Though the digital library infrastructure did not solve all the problems of digitization. What remained a huge obstacle was the format itself. Over the years the binding of the scrapbook had deteriorated making the pages brittle, so each page had to be handled carefully to not exasperate the pages crumbling in scanning. Even the letters themselves were quite fragile.  Letters were made of different kinds of paper making some delicate or hard to remove from the envelopes. Each letter had to be opened carefully and set down with bone folder creasers so the letters could be open just enough without too much pressure to be scanned without ripping the paper.

A page of the O'Reilly Scrapbook with a letter pulled out.      A letter tightly folded.

 

The entire process was done a couple hours each week and done over the span of eight months. Evoking Edgar Albert Guest’s poem,”It Couldn’t Be Done,” the scrapbook is done and can be viewed in the digital library.

So who is Robert Maitland O’Reilly?

Robert Maitland O’Reilly (January 14, 1845 – November 3, 1912) was the 20th Surgeon General of the United States Army, serving from September 7, 1902 to January 14, 1909. O’Reilly was born in Philadelphia and studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania when the Civil War broke out. In August 1862, he was appointed as a medical cadet and served in several army hospitals, including Cuyler General Hospital in Philadelphia, a hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in the office of the medical director of the Army. After the war, O’Reilly return to University of Pennsylvania to finish his studies.  Upon graduation, O’Reilly continued working in the military and was chief surgeon for several units during the Spanish-American War. In addition, O’Reilly held appointments as a physician in the White House during both of President Grover Cleveland’s administrations.

In 1902, O’Reilly was appointed as Surgeon General of the United States Army and he and his administration made significant improvements to the army medical corps and medical research within the Army.

The scrapbook is also on display now in the exhibit, “Scraps for Keeps,” currently open to the public on the first floor of Falvey Library. His personal correspondence is also discoverable in our digital library and his other personal papers can be physically accessed through the American Catholic Historical Society:

O’Reilly, Robert M. Papers, 1864-1916 (MC 34), Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center.


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The Shelf List, October 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.

17th-century map of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Terra Nova ac maris tractus circa Novam Franciam, Angliam, Belgium, Venezuelam, Novam Andalusiam, Guianam, et Brasiliam / F. de Wit.

Art Curiosa Collection

Cook, David C. The Boys’ World. Elgin, Ill. ; Chicago: D.C. Cook Pub. Co., 1902.

The Daily Cleveland Herald. Cleveland [Ohio]: Fairbanks, Benedict & Co, 1853.

Irons, Archie C., Old Sleuth, and Spencer Dair. The Boy Rifles, Or, The Underground Camp. Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook Company, 1912.

Postage Stamps of Ireland. Dublin: Republic of Ireland, 1922-2018.

Young Broadbrim Weekly. New York, N.Y.: Street & Smith, 1903. [20 issues added]

 

Early American Imprints

Rutland Herald. Rutland, Vt.: William Fay, 1823.

 

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

Blair, John, and Thomas Kitchin. The East Indies: Including More Particularly the British Dominions On the Continent of India. [London]: [s.n.], 1773.

Blaeu, Willem Janszoon. Americae Nova Tabula. [S.l.]: [s.n.], 1642.

Jefferys, Thomas. The Island of Cuba With Part of the Bahama Banks & the Martyrs. London: Printed for Robt. Sayer, Map & Printseller, No. 53, in Fleet Street, 1775.

Jefferys, Thomas, and Robert Baker. Antigua Surveyed By Robert Baker, Surveyor General of That Island. “Improved edition 1810.”. London: Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, 1810.

L’Isle, Guillaume de. Carte De France: Dressée Pour L’usage Du Roy. Paris: Chez l’auteur sur le quai de l’Horloge, 1721.

La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup. Carte Particuliere De La Côte Du Nord-ouest De L’Amérique Reconnue Par Les Frégates Françaises La Boussole Et L’Astrolabe En 1786. London: G.G. & J. Robinson, Paternoster Row, 1798.

Wit, Frederik de. Terra Nova Ac Maris Tractus Circa Novam Franciam, Angliam, Belgium, Venezuelam, Novam Andalusiam, Guianam, Et Brasiliam. t’Amsterdam: Gedruckt by Fredrick de Wit in de Kalverstraet, 1675.

 

Villanova Collection

Millares Vázquez, Manuel., and Nacho C. Beiro. 21 Años: (novela). Edición non venal. [Boiro]: A.C. Barbantia, 2018.

 

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


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Halloween tricks and treats with Distinctive Collections staff

Distinctive Collections staff hosted a Halloween Open House yesterday, with spooky treasures on display in the Rare Book Room and treats in Room 206 across the hall. Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian, and Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, welcomed visitors in the Rare Book Room while Beaudry Rae Allen, Preservation & Digital Archivist, dished up treats in Room 206. Our featured treat was a Prohibition-era mocktail called the St. Augustine. We also had people point out spooky spots on a campus map. It was a spooktacular event! (Click the images below to see them larger.)

Halloween event sign next to the door.

The entrance to the Rare Book Room.

Two students looking at material in cases.

We had spooky treasures on display in cases and on a table in the Rare Book Room.

Four people looking at books on a table.

Three students looking at books on a table.

Meanwhile, across the hall in Room 206, we had lots of treats.

Beaudry served up our featured treat, the St. Augustine mocktail (vanilla ice cream, vanilla and strawberry syrups, and club soda).

Visitors added stickers to a map of Villanova to mark haunted spots on campus.

The map with spooky spots. Beware!

Library staff in costumes, left to right: Chris Hallberg, Sarah Wingo, Kallie Stahl, Laura Bang, Rebecca Oviedo, Beaudry Rae Allen, Shawn Proctor.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! You can find many of the materials that were on display in the Rare Book Room in our Digital Library.

Photos in this post were taken by Laura Bang, Annabelle Humiston, Rebecca Oviedo, and Daniella Snyder.


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A mini-podcast of Halloween treats!

Happy Halloween! We have a short podcast of Halloween treats, featuring poems and a story from our Digital Library.

“All-Hallowe’en” by Thomas Dickson Finletter, in Pennsylvania’s Verse, p. 109.

“Under the Trysting Tree” in The New York family story paper, v. XXIII, no. 1151, Saturday, October 26, 1895, p. 8.

“The Uninvited Hallowe’en Guest: A Mysterious Fatality” by Lydia M. Dunham O’Neil, in Comfort, v. XXIV, no. 12, October 1912, p. 2,4.

This podcast featured the voice talents of Emma Poley, Demian Katz, and Caroline Sipio. The audio was edited and produced by Gabriella Bernocco, and executive produced by Laura Bang.


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When the stars are right: H.P. Lovecraft’s astronomical manuscript added to Distinctive Collections

Front cover

The latest manuscript added to Villanova University’s Distinctive Collections is the rare astronomical observation notebook by the noted horror author H.P. Lovecraft from the years 1909-1915. Observing from his Providence, Rhode Island home, Lovecraft noted, and then drew, various celestial phenomena including passing comets.

The notable Lovecraft story, The Colour Out of Space, published in September 1927 in Amazing Stories features a malevolent entity from space, and perhaps influenced from a comet or meteorite Lovecraft observed and depicted in his own hand in this manuscript; a film adaption of this story, Color out of Space, staring the prolific Nicolas Cage is currently in theaters.

Lovecraft’s stories were most notably featured in his lifetime in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, along with other authors such as Robert Howard (author of the Conan stories) and Clark Ashton Smith.

The October 1949 issue of the rare publication The Lovecraft Collector featured a partial transcription of the manuscript, by the then-owner David Keller, but this merely whetted the appetite of scholars eager to fully examine the manuscript which had been in private collections and unavailable for access.

The manuscript is currently on display in the Rare Book Room of Falvey Memorial Library along with supplemental materials through October. Slated for digitization in November and full transcription by a notable Lovecraft scholar soon after, this manuscript will bring added attention to astronomy on campus by documenting a notable American amateur astronomer’s work observing the heavens, especially given the significance of Villanova University’s Department of Astrophysics & Planetary Science and their open public observatory.

Rare Book Room, Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University


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“Revising the Civil War”: A Distinctive Collections Subject Guide

U.S. Army frock coat of Major General Sherman, 1864.

 

This week brings the next event in The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University’s six-part series on “Revisionist History”: Revising the Civil War. The series brings together national and local experts to explore how today’s events compel us to re-examine critical periods in American and global history. Lepage Center director Jason Steinhauer says the goal of the series “is to show how revision is critical to all historical scholarship, and how new events and new sources continually challenge us to re-think what we know about the past.”

Here at Falvey Memorial Library we are continually bringing new sources and new scholarship to our community. We digitize new items each week for the Digital Library from our own Distinctive Collections as well as partner institutions. We want to share our enthusiasm for “Revisionist History” and this week’s event by inviting you to dig into some of our Civil War-era sources.

One of our most prominent items is the U.S. army frock coat of General William Tecumseh Sherman, on (mostly) permanent display in our Special Collections Rare Book Room. The coat is an eye-catching treasure, and it can easily be used to open a dialogue on how we remember and learn about the Civil War. It is relevant to the discussion of what has been traditionally collected, or not collected, by libraries, archives, and museums, as well as the recent debates surrounding public monuments of Confederate generals. Who have been the writers and preservers of history? What were their motives? Sherman’s coat has been part of our collection for nearly 100 years. In more recent years, part of our mission has included an ongoing effort to identify and acquire materials that relate to under-represented groups in order to diversify the collection and share a more inclusive history.

Here are some additional Digital Library sources from 19th-century America and the Civil War:

 

Sherman Thackara Collection

The coat is part of this collection, donated by the family of General Sherman’s daughter Eleanor, who lived in Rosemont and attended St. Thomas of Villanova church. The correspondence in this collection contains courtship letters exchanged between Eleanor Sherman and Alexander M. Thackara, and letters from Eleanor to her father, frequently referencing public events and personalities, as well as many local individuals, events, and institutions of Philadelphia and the Main Line in the 1880’s and 1890’s. A unique part of the collection is A. M. Thackara’s correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia relating to his years at Annapolis up until his marriage. Here can be found an unusual first-hand picture of Navy life in the post-Civil War period.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection

This unique and distinct category of literature was the main popular reading matter for average readers, both adult and juvenile, during the Civil War and up through the early 20th century. Separate from strictly “news”-oriented newspapers of the day, these materials were created for and read by a mass audience and can be a useful source reflective of the cultural outlook of the period. Here is a search of “Civil War and Dime Novel” in the Digital Library.

Newspaper Collection

This collection contains hundreds of national and regional newspaper titles. Some of the more relevant titles for this time period with more than one issue include: New-York Weekly Tribune (New York, select issues from 1852); The Citizen (Irish newspaper published in New York, issues date between 1854-1856); Olive Branch (Doyletown, Norristown, 1842-1859); National Defender (Norristown, Pa, issues currently range from 1856-1876, with current ongoing digitization of later years); I.C.B.U. Journal (Philadelphia, Irish Catholic Benevolent Union, issues range from 1883-1900); Weekly Wayne Gazette from one of our newest digital partnerships (Wayne, issues from 1871-1872); and of course our own college newspaper The Villanovan begins in 1893.

Humbert Collection

This is the personal paper collection of Augustus Humbert which includes correspondence and orders related to the hunt for the assassin of President Lincoln – John Wilkes Booth – and the failed assassin of Secretary of State Seward – Lewis Payne; Confederate States of America currency; and his Pennsylvania Officer’s State Militia certificate.

John F. Ballier Papers

This collection from the German Society of Pennsylvania includes the Scrapbook of John F. Ballier, circa 1831-1889.  It includes numerous documents from Ballier’s service in the Civil War, including correspondence, military orders and newspaper clippings, as well as memorabilia going back to his apprenticeship as a baker in Aurich (Vaihingen), Wurttemberg, and related to his activities in Philadelphia during the rest of his life, including significant German-American festivities such as the Humboldt centennial in 1869, the Friedensfest in 1871, and the unveiling of the Schiller statue in Fairmount Park in 1886. Included is a manuscript note in the hand of Abraham Lincoln, dated 25 March 1863, addressed to Pennsylvania Governor A. G. Curtin, concerning Ballier’s being allowed to resume his commission.  Also includes an early day edition of the newspaper – Evening Star – April 15, 1865, prior to the announcement of the assassination of Lincoln.

William C. White Letters

William C. White was an Irish Catholic Union soldier from Philadelphia. White began his Civil War service as a volunteer with the 69th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers on August 19, 1861 and served in some of the bloodiest and most important battles of the War – Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. This collection contains letters from White to his parents in Philadelphia, recounting his experiences during the war.

Robert M. O’Reilly Papers

Robert Maitland O’Reilly (1845-1912) was the 20th Surgeon General of the United States Army serving from September 7, 1902 to January 14, 1909. O’Reilly served a long military medical career beginning as a medical cadet in August 1862 during the Civil War. This collection includes correspondence, military paperwork, personal papers, and ephemera. The majority of the collection is correspondence between O’Reilly and his family and friends, the bulk being letters sent to his mother, Ellen O’Reilly, and his sister Mary O’Reilly between 1864 and 1900. The letters that O’Reilly sent in 1864 document his service during the Civil War when he was stationed in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Autographs of C.S.A. prisoners taken during the Civil War and held at Johnsons Island.

This manuscript contains signatures of American Confederate prisoners of war held at the Johnson’s Island prison in Lake Erie. It is part of a collection of papers of Eleanor C. Donnelly, 1838-1917, a figure on the Philadelphia literary scene. She was known as “The Poet of the Pure Soul” and was a contributor to numerous Catholic magazines and newspapers.

Candle-lightin’ time / by Paul Laurence Dunbar; illustrated with photographs by the Hampton Institute Camera Club and decorations by Margaret Armstrong

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872 to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky. He became one of the first influential black poets in American literature and was internationally acclaimed for his dialectic verse. Included in this volume is the poem, “When Dey Listed Colored Soldiers,” with photographs accompanying each page of poetry.

 

“Revising the Civil War” will take place Wednesday evening, October 30 at 7-8:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. For panelists and more information: https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/lepage/events/revisionist_history.html

Stay tuned for our next post on “Revising the Cold War” and come see our table at that event for some selected sources from Distinctive Collections!


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Content Roundup – Third Week – October 2019

Photograph, Basketball (Varsity), Robert McDonnell, Guard, [1940s]

This week we offer a horde of newly digitized materials for your research and enjoyment. Notable are: more Villanova basketball photographs, the next volume in the ongoing digitization of the Official Catholic Directory, Dime Novels and story papers issues, Irish music, and newspapers!

Catholica Collection

The Official Catholic Directory

The Catholic Almanac for 1848
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:585981]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Old Broadbrim on the wrong case; or, Revenge after twenty years / by the author of “Old Broadbrim.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:588835]

Periodicals

Boys’ World (v. 17: 7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:588614]

Detail, p. 68, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XVIII, no. 447, December 20, 1873

Chimney Corner (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583605]

Philadelphia Saturday Courier (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:585470]

Portland Transcript (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:588094]

Detail p. 5, Saturday Night, v. XXXIII, no. 36, Saturday, April 25, 1896

Saturday Night (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570282?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

The weekly museum, v. XII, no. 22, [whole] no. 594, Saturday, March 15, 1800

Weekly Museum (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:582117]

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

Front cover, Program, 167th Annual Banquet, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, March 17, 1938

Annual Programs (9 programs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486743]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576559]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Detail [1] p., The Gaelic American – Vol. I No. 29, April 2, 1904

The Gaelic American (1904: 3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:589517]

Newspapers

Rutland herald, v. 35, no. 2, January 6, 1829

Rutland Herald (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579283]

Radnor Historical Society

Newspapers

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 24, no. 14, July 3, 1908

The Suburban, Wayne Times Edition (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1982 Fall Festival (Tape #6, Side Two)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:589678]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Photograph, Basketball, Presentation of Villanova College Alumni Association Most Valuable Player Award to Paul Arizin, March 1950.

Basketball Images (12 photographs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579126]


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eBook available: The Mystery of Suicide Place

The Mystery of Suicide Place (cover)Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project to be published at Project Gutenberg is another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller melodrama: The Mystery of Suicide Place, first serialized in the Fireside Companion between July 27, 1895 to October 12, 1895 under the longer title of “Fly-Away Floy, the Saucy Little Darling; or, the Mystery of Suicide Place.”

Like most of Mrs. Miller’s novels, the core of the story is a romance, in this case between a cheerful, independently-minded orphan named Floy and a wealthy young man named St. George Beresford. Also like most of Mrs. Miller’s novels, the romance is complicated by a number of factors, in this case including class differences, murderously jealous rivals, and Suicide Place, Floy’s childhood home, where a resident is driven to suicide once every decade. This last element, which provides a significant undertone of supernatural horror to the novel, makes this one of its author’s best works for reading during the Halloween season!

The entire book can be freely read online or downloaded in popular eBook formats through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – October 2019

Photograph, Basketball (Varsity), Jim McMonagle ’63, [1959-1963]

Newly digitized this week are a number of important items including: more historic basketball photographs including photos of Al Severance (Head Coach, 1936-1961), players from the 30s and 40s, and Jim McMonagle ’63; all of the 2019 Honor’s theses; more Dime Novels; more issues of the National Defender newspaper; and other story paper issues!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The Boy rifles; or, The Underground camp / by Archie C. Irons
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578430]

Periodicals

The Boys’ world, v. IV, no. 43, October 28, 1905

The Boys’ World (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577384]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577396]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577408]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577420]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577432]

Flag of Our Union (3 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528322?lookfor=title%3Anovember]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 15, no. 30

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:582935]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:582955]

Detail, p. [1], Street and Smith’s New York Weekly : a journal of useful knowledge, romance, amusement, & c. , v. XXIX, no. 28, May 18, 1874

New York Weekly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579768]

Portland Transcript (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570878]

Detail, p. [1], Saturday Night, v. XXXIII, no. 29, Saturday, March 7, 1896

Saturday Night (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570282?lookfor=title%3Amarch]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Detail, p. [2], National Defender, v. XX, no. 9, Tuesday, October 12, 1875, Whole Number: 997

National Defender (12 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576559]

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

Carte particuliere de la côte du nord-ouest de l’Amérique reconnue par les frégates françaises la Boussole et l’Astrolabe en 1786
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571277]

Terra Nova ac maris tractus circa Novam Franciam, Angliam, Belgium, Venezuelam, Novam Andalusiam, Guianam, et Brasiliam / F. de Wit
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571341]

Antigua

Antigua surveyed by Robert Baker, Surveyor General of that island; engraved and improved by Thomas Jefferys
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571294]

The island of Cuba with part of the Bahama banks & the Martyrs. / By Thos. Jefferys, geographer to His Majesty
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571289]

Radnor Historical Society

Newspapers

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 24, no. 15, July 10, 1908

The Suburban, Wayne Times Edition (12 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]

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

Program, 203rd Annual Banquet, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, March 18, 1974

Programs (6 programs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:485093]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Photograph, Basketball (Varsity), Al Severance, Head Coach, 1935

Basketball images (8 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579126]

Undergraduate Honors Theses

2019 (13 theses added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565016]


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Content Roundup – First Week – October 2019

The Suburban (Wayne Times Edition), v. 24, no. 3, April 17, 1908

Newly digitized this week (and available for your research and reading pleasure) are: new story paper issues, Dime Novels, more annual programs and a minute book from the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Villanova basketball photographs, and rare newspaper issues from the Historical Society of Montgomery County as well as the Radnor Historical Society. A small number of items comprising the Kennedy Collection have also been added to the offering in the Americana section of the digital library.

Americana

Letter, To: Miss K. Solkshinitz From: John F. Kenedy, January 16, 1956

Kennedy Collection (4 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583601]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

“Old Sixty;” or, The Last run of the special / by Tom Burns
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581718]

The broken betrothal / by Mary Grace Halpine
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574023]

Periodicals

[321] p., Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XVII, no. 437, October 11, 1873

Chimney Corner (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578779]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578799]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578819]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578839]

Flag of Our Union (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:528322?lookfor=title%3Aoctober]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579788]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579808]

New York Weekly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581850]

Detail, front cover, Saturday Night, v. XXXIII, no. 25, Saturday, February 8, 1896

Saturday Night (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570282?lookfor=title%3Afebruary]

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Programs

193rd Annual

Annual programs (10 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486743]

Minute Books

Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1952-1956
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:583289]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Newspapers

National Defender, v. XX, no. 5, Tuesday, September 14, 1875, Whole Number: 993

National Defender (v. XX: 5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576559?type=AllFields&page=2]

Radnor Historical Society

Newspapers

The Suburban, Wayne Times Edition (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:581980]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1982 Fall Festival (one tape added, Tape #6, Side One)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584564]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Mosaic: News from Falvey Memorial Library (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:584561]

Basketball

The New Short and Long Basketball Scorebook / by Oscar W. Gluck and Walter Barczewski (restricted to Villanova community)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579357]

Photograph, Basketball (Varsity), Players in air mid-game, [n.d.].

Basketball images (8 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579126]


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