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eBook available: Counterfeit Money

Here’s a familiar scenario: a victim receives an unsolicited message offering easy cash. The temptation overrides their common sense, and they find themselves caught by a clever scheme and robbed of their own money. This sounds like a tale of spammers in the digital age, but our latest eBook release, Counterfeit Money, shows that similar trickery was afoot in the age of the telegraph.

Part of the Multum in Parvo Library, the self-described “smallest periodical in the world,” this new digital edition of a 19th-century chapbook was created with the help of the Distributed Proofreaders volunteers, and can now be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – August 2017

Photograph, J. E. Miller holding dog, 1918

As another semester gears up to start, take a moment to look over some of this week’s newly digitized materials. Especially noteworthy are the many items from Great War Irish POW Arthur Glanville and more materials from the Millers Mechanical Shows collection.

Great War

Letter, To: Selina A. Glanville From: Arthur Evanson Glanville, March 20, 1917

Arthur Evanson Glanville, papers, 1916-1918 (42 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489954]

“All Scenic Trips”, Hammond Scenic Auto Co., 1920

Millers Mechanical Shows Papers (12 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:490587]

Villanova Digital Collection

Photograph, Dean Robert D. Lynch and engineering student, 1985

Photographs and Illustrations (3 photos added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:189101]


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Content Roundup – Second Week – August 2017

Broadside, “A Modern Battle Portrayed in Miniature …”

This week finds a host of new and remarkable content including the first materials from two new Great War collections (Millers Mechanical Shows Papers and the papers of Irish prisoner of war Arthur Evanson Glanville), also the first minute book of the the Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick from 1771 with signatures from the initial membership including John Barry and the acceptance of General Washington to the Society! And more Dime Novel and Story Paper issues too!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature Collection

Fiction

The Bradys under fire; or, Tracking a gang of outlaws / by a New York detective
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489559]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXXI, no. 12, Saturday, March 21, 1903

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488875]

Grit (Story Section), v. 36, no. 10, Story Section no. 1203, February 3, 1918

Grit (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487789]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487815]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487373]

The People’s Home Journal, v. X, no. 5, May 1895

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488805]

Great War

Photograph, 3-person cart act, [1920?].

Millers Mechanical Shows Papers (collection created, 6 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:490587]

Telegram, “Second Lieut A E Glanville Dublin Fusiliers Reported Wounded and Missing,” June 8, 1918

Arthur Evanson Glanville, papers, 1916-1918 (collection created, 7 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489954]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

World War I — War Records (33 cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

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

Minute Books

[5] p., “Signature page of founding members”, Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1843, 1771-1793
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489955]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487897]


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George Washington fêted by the Friendly Sons’ Society, January 1, 1782.

From Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1843, 1771-1793, p. 41-43.

A portion of the transcribed text from the digitized copy from The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for The Relief of Emigrants from Ireland collection found in Falvey’s Digital Library.

Here is General George Washington’s transcribed response to the Society’s invitation and awarding him the Society’s gold medal as written down in the Rules Minutes book.

[1] ”Sir

I accept with singular pleasure, the Ensign of so worthy a Fraternity as that of the Son of St. Patrick in this City. A Society distinguished for the firm adherence of its members to the glorious cause in which we are embark’d. —

Give me leave to assure you, Sir, that I shall never cast my eyes upon the Badge with which I am Honoured but with a grateful remembrance of the polite & affectionate manner in which it was presented. I am with Respect & Esteem
Sir
Your mo. Obt Servant
(Signd) Geo. Washington

To George Campbell Esqr.
President of the Society of the
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
in the City of Philadelphia”

————–
[1] On the page, quotation marks [“] placed at the beginning of each line. The marks represent transcribed remarks by Washington. For the current transcription, the quotation marks are displayed only by the initial and final quotation marks.


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Content Roundup – First Week – August 2017

[1] p., Was she his wife? / by Mrs. Mary Reed Crowell

[1] p., Was she his wife? / by Mrs. Mary Reed Crowell

This week we find a number of new story paper issues for your reading pleasure as well as the ultra-rare first issue of the Beadle and Adams dime novel series, The Fireside Library of Popular Reading. Cool down in the shade and read some serial fiction from yesteryear!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Was she his wife? / by Mrs. Mary Reed Crowell (first issue of The Fireside Library of Popular Reading series)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489447]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487581]

Grit (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487529]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487737]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487763]

The People's Home Journal, v. XII, no. 2, February 1897

The People’s Home Journal, v. XII, no. 2, February 1897

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488265]


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eBook available: The Senator’s Favorite

The Senator's FavoriteOur latest Project Gutenberg release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is The Senator’s Favorite, a rare sequel in the output of prolific story paper author Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, following on from her much earlier novel, The Senator’s Bride.

While the previous novel’s happy ending left a fairly obvious setup for where a sequel might lead, The Senator’s Favorite does not follow this path of least resistance. Instead, it largely sets up a whole new generation of characters, with the leads of the earlier story having relatively limited roles. Surprisingly (in a novel that otherwise follows the expected melodramatic formula), the story provides sad fates for some of the previous novel’s protagonists; Mrs. Miller wrote in her autobiography of feeling frustration with the unrealistic requirement for a happy ending to every story, and it seems that this sequel gave her a rare opportunity to retroactively work around that necessity.

The complete text of the book is now available for online reading or download through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – July 2017

Inside, 1843 - 1893 Ode for the Golden Jubilee of Villanova College

Inside, 1843 – 1893 Ode for the Golden Jubilee of Villanova College

A number of newly digitized materials are available for use this week. See especially the new items including several campus photographs in the Villanova Digital Collection as well as the above Golden Jubilee Ode to Villanova written by the noted poet Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

La proie du loup
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487081]

Vipère écrasée
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487621]

Periodicals

[1]p., Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 52, Story Section no. 1193, November 25, 1917

[1]p., Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 52, Story Section no. 1193, November 25, 1917

Grit (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487675]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487555]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487321]

[1] p., The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 545, April 7, 1877

[1] p., The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 21, no. 545, April 7, 1877

Illustrated Police News (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487303]

[1]p., Image of 20 The People's Home Journal, v. XI, no. 12, December 1896

[1]p., Image
of 20
The People’s Home Journal, v. XI, no. 12, December 1896

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487599]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

World War I War Records (5 cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

Villanova Digital Collection

1843 – 1893 Ode for the Golden Jubilee of Villanova College
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489442]

Program, Sire and Son : the master dramatic work of Alexandre Dumas is presented by the Dramatic Society of the College of St. Thomas of Villanova. Thursday. June ninth. Nineteen hundred and four.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487910]

Program, Dedication of the Villanova University Connelly Center, Sunday September 21, 1980
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489107]

Photographs and Illustrations

Covered walk between Old Mendel and Monastery (after 1928 fire)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489103]

Old Falvey Library Reading Room, [1966]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489099]

SH-2 Seasprite on Mendel Field, [1990?]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489095]

Daily Doodles (2017 -1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487897]


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Content Roundup – Third Week – July 2017

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XX, no. 19, Wednesday, May 11, 1892

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XX, no. 19, Wednesday, May 11, 1892

The heat is on so take a moment to look at some of the latest and hottest digitized content, featuring: a new early issue of the rare story paper The Chicago Ledger, and a new photo album from a Great War nurse serving in Greece!

Catholica Collection Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

World War I — War Records (13 cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489081]

Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 23, Story Section no. 1164, May 6, 1917

Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 23, Story Section no. 1164, May 6, 1917

Grit (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487503]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487719]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487701]

Front cover, The People's Home Journal, v. XI, no. 9, September 1896

Front cover, The People’s Home Journal, v. XI, no. 9, September 1896

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487041]

Great War

[18] p.

[18] p.

Photographic Album of a Nurse in a Salonica Military Hospital, 1919
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488911]

Skating Collection

Stereogram, exhibition roller skater in dress with large flared skirt.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489312]

Stereogram, exhibition roller skater in crouched position
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:489316]


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Content Roundup – First and Second Weeks – July 2017

Front cover, Rosemary R. Cleary, Democratic Candidate for Town Clerk

Front cover, Rosemary R. Cleary, Democratic Candidate for Town Clerk

This double dose of digital content brings a nice chill to the heat with two newly digitized ice skating titles! Also of note: two more Villanova College catalogues, more Dime Novel and Story Paper issues, and a Great War veteran’s political campaign literature!

Americana

Rosemary R. Cleary, Democratic Candidate for Town Clerk
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487904]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, "Ethel King, le Nick Carter féminin, no. 41"

Front cover, “Ethel King, le Nick Carter féminin, no. 41”

McLann, le voleur de chevaux / publié d’après les notes originales d’Ethel King par Jean Petithuguenin
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486601]

The dreadnought boys aboard a destroyer / by Captain Wilbur Lawton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487932]

Periodicals

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXXI, no. 9, Saturday, February 28, 1903

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXXI, no. 9, Saturday, February 28, 1903

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487063]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486188]

Front cover, Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 19, Story Section no. 1160, April 8, 1917

Front cover, Grit (Story Section), v. 35, no. 19, Story Section no. 1160, April 8, 1917

Grit (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487451]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487251]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487477]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487399]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487425]

[1] p., The People's Home Journal, v. XI, no. 3, March 1896

[1] p., The People’s Home Journal, v. XI, no. 3, March 1896

People’s Home Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486772]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:486750]

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Historic Papers

World War I — War Records (78 cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:459489]

Villanova Digital Collection

University Catalogues

p. 23

p. 23

Thirty-Sixth Annual Catalogue of Villanova College, Delaware Co., PA. Conducted by the Augustinian Fathers. For the academic year 1883-84
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488421]

Thirty-Seventh Annual Catalogue of Villanova College, Delaware Co., PA. Conducted by the Augustinian Fathers. For the academic year 1884-85
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488457]

Falvey Memorial Library

Daily Doodles (2017:1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:487897]

World

Skating Collection

Combined hand-in-hand figure-skating
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488495]

[181] p.

[181] p.

Combined figure skating : being a collection of all the known combined figures … named in accordance with the revised code of “The Skating club” London
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:488581]


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Available for proofreading: Counterfeit Money

Counterfeit MoneyOur newest Distributed Proofreaders project is Counterfeit Money, another chapbook from the Multum in Parvo Library, the same series that brought us Secrets of the Harem.

If you are interested in helping to create a new electronic text of this exposé of the “green goods” business, you can first read our earlier blog post about how the proofreading process works, and then you can join in the work at the project page.


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