Skip Navigation
Falvey Memorial Library
Advanced
You are exploring: Home > Blogs

From the Archives: Fall Zine

Zine Cover

Well another crazy semester for the record books!

COVID-19 has upended so much of our lives, yet here you are continuing to going to school and trying to stay connected with friends and family. To decompress from the whirlwind of finals and enjoy a well deserved break, enjoy the new issue of the University Archives Zine. This issue has a special game, created by our own Library Technology Developer, Chris Hallberg. The game is a re-imagined version of the game Manifold.

Download Vol.2 Issue 1 

If you want to contribute the next zine email archives@villanova.edu with your idea 😆


Like

From the Archives: Digitized Primary Sources on the 1918 Flu Pandemic

By Rebecca Oviedo

Preserved in Villanova University Archives and now available in the Digital Library are dozens of first-hand accounts and records from women religious of Philadelphia who volunteered to nurse the sick during the 1918-1919 “Spanish Influenza.” The accounts were solicited and collected by Rev. Francis E. Tourscher, O.S.A., who quickly took up the timely task to “assemble facts while they are still a living memory” and compiled that research as Work of the Sisters during the epidemic of influenza, October, 1918 / Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society, 1919.

Now we are making the original experiences and recollections written by the Sisters available online. Rev. Tourscher served as University Librarian from 1923-1939, and his papers are part of the Falvey Memorial Library records. His aim in gathering these facts was “to record the experiences and impressions of the Sisters, and incidentally to record their personal observations of the symptoms of the disease and conditions existing during the epidemic in private homes and hospitals.”

Senior Elizabeth Lyons works in the library as a Collections & Stewardship Technician in the scan lab and was eager to digitize the papers. “These papers were a crucial part of my research into volunteering efforts during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic in Philadelphia. They offered a unique insight into what it was like at the hospitals in Philadelphia. There weren’t a lot of personal accounts of what it was like to live through this period of time, so these offered a really unique perspective. I love working in the library and getting to interact with all sorts of historical documents. It’s really exciting to see what sorts of things have been preserved and what life was like back then! A lot of my fellow history majors were jealous that I get to keep working with primary sources like this, since most archives are closed right now.”

Further access to the manuscripts is provided through careful transcription of each handwritten document. Briana Felice is pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is completing an internship at Falvey Memorial Library. She has been transcribing the Sisters’ recollections into machine-readable format (Microsoft Word document and PDF) where they are available alongside the digitized item in the Digital Library. This added process ensures that the papers are more easily accessible and findable for users when performing keyword searches. She observes, “With everything going on with the looming pandemic, these letters are very timely. It shows that history really does repeat itself. Hopefully, we can learn a little something from the past.”

Just as scholars today are examining these records of the past, we anticipate that future scholars, staff and students may wish to know and understand what it was like for the Villanova community living through the current COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to submit your own story and be a part of history: https://library.villanova.edu/about-falvey/coronavirus/submit-your-story

 

 

 


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

 

 


 


Like

Available for proofreading: Boy Scouts at Sea

The scouting movement was very popular in the early twentieth century, so it is not too surprising that a lot of juvenile novels were released featuring Boy Scouts and members of similar groups. Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project comes from this period: Arthur A. Carey’s Boy Scouts at Sea; or, A Chronicle of the B. S. S. Brightwing, first published in 1918.

As with all of our projects, you can volunteer to help turn the scans of this long-forgotten work from our Digital Library into a new electronic edition of the book on Project Gutenberg — just read our Proofreading the Digital Library blog post to learn how the process works, then sign up at the project page!


Like

eBook available: Camping in the Winter Woods

Our latest project to graduate from Distributed Proofreaders to Project Gutenberg is Camping in the Winter Woods, a 1912 juvenile novel by Elmer Russell Gregor.

In the book, two young men spend a winter in the Maine woods with a mentor, learning about the environment and its inhabitants. The book is episodic in nature, with each chapter dealing with a new hunting expedition, danger, or discovery. Many of these adventures serve to describe wildlife behavior and illustrate outdoor survival techniques.

The author followed this up with a sequel the next year: Camping on Western Trails, in which the protagonists explore the Rocky Mountains.

If you’re interested in reading the first adventure, it is now freely available for online reading (or download in popular eBook formats) through Project Gutenberg.


Like

Available for proofreading: Let Us Kiss and Part

Our latest title to join the Distributed Proofreaders project for inclusion in Project Gutenberg is Let Us Kiss and Part; or, A Shattered Tie, another novel by prolific story paper novelist Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, author of The Bride of the Tomb (and countless other melodramas). The story was first serialized in Street & Smith’s New York Weekly story paper from November 20, 1897 to February 12, 1898, but we are working with a later paper-covered reprint from the early 20th century.

You can volunteer to help turn our scans of this long-forgotten work into a new electronic edition of the book — just read our Proofreading the Digital Library blog post to learn how the process works, then sign up at the project page!


Like

Content Roundup – Second Week – November 2020

[45] p., World War I souvenir hospital album, 1918-1919

This week we again offer a significant amount of freshly digitized materials from Distinctive Collections for your research consideration. Especially noteworthy are the many Dime Novels, the early newspaper and popular periodical issues, as well as the Villanova College catalogue from 100 years ago (see how much has changed!), the Sesquicentennial Edition from 1993 of the Villanova University Student History Journal, a host of Villanova athletics photographs, a rare illustrated puppet play by Jack B. Yeats, and a artist’s sketchbook filled with drawings and paintings from recovering patients injured in the Great War.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The doctor, his wife and the clock / by Anna Katharine Green
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:627353]

Ugly-Ike : a tale of wild adventures in the backwoods
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633543]

Fire Cloud, or, The mysterious cave : a story of Indians and pirates
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633648]

The electric man in the enchanted valley; or, The wonderful adventures of two boy inventors / by the author of the “Wreck of the ‘Glaucus.'”

Brave and Bold Series (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629848]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629888]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630036]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630076]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630116]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631006]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631046]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631086]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631126]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631166]

Periodicals

Portland Transcript (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:622648?lookfor=november]

Boys’ World (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:625559]

Saturday Night, v. XXXIV, no. 29, Saturday, March 6, 1897

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633849]

Great War

[5] p., World War I souvenir hospital album, 1918-1919

World War I souvenir hospital album, 1918-1919
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630759]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

The scourge of the gulph / Jack B. Yeats

The scourge of the gulph / Jack B. Yeats
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633159]

Villanova Digital Collection

Magazines, Newsletters, and Journals

The Villanova University Student History Journal (1993: 1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:634604]

University Catalogues

Seventy-Seventh Catalogue of Villanova College, Villanova, Delaware Co., Pa. conducted by the Augustinian Fathers for the academic year 1920-1921
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:634690]

Photographs and Illustrations

Photograph, Baseball Team (Varsity), 1906

Baseball Team (Varsity), 1906
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633868]

Photograph, Football Team (Varsity), undated.

Football Team (Varsity), undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633874]

Football Team (Varsity), undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633880]

Football (Varsity), undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633886]

Photograph, Villanova Preparatory Squad, 1909

Villanova Preparatory Squad, 1909
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633892]

[48-49] p., World War I souvenir hospital album, 1918-1919.


Like

Available for proofreading: On Time; or, Bound to Get There

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is On Time; or, Bound to Get There, a juvenile novel by Oliver Optic (the pen name of William Taylor Adams), from Street & Smith’s paper-covered Alger Series.

While this book has been out of print for a very long time, Distributed Proofreaders makes it possible for volunteers to help turn scans from our Digital Library into a new electronic edition of the text, which will eventually be released for free through Project Gutenberg.

If you would like to help with the process of creating this eBook, you can read about how it works in Proofreading the Digital Library, and then you can join in at the project page.


Like

Content Roundup – First Week – November 2020

During the recent epidemic … / by Sister Angelina.

This week we offer a significant amount of freshly digitized materials from Distinctive Collections for your research consideration. Especially noteworthy are the many Dime Novels, the early newspaper and popular periodical issues, as well as materials collected by Rev. Francis E. Tourscher, O.S.A on the Spanish Influenza in 1918-1919 in the Villanova environs.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Grim Dick, the one-eyed robber : a tale of hunters, Indians, and banditti.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:632438]

The silent trapper, or, Lank Josh, backwoodsman : a tale of the wilds of Arizona / by George G. Small.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:632543]

Fred Desmond’s mission; or, The cruise of the “Explorer” / by Cornelius Shea
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629590]

Front cover, detail, Detective Clinket’s investigations; or, The mystery of the severed hand

Detective Clinket’s investigations; or, The mystery of the severed hand / by Clifford Park.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629630]

Barr, the detective; or, The peril of Lucy Graves / by Thomas P. Montfort.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629808]

Periodicals

p. 701, Harper’s Bazar: a repository of fashion, pleasure, and instruction, v.16, no. 44, Saturday, November 3, 1883

Harper’s Bazar (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631611]

Plate, (472 p.) – The Town and Country Magazine; or, Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction, and Entertainment, September 1771

The Town and Country Magazine; or, Universal Repository of Knowledge, Instruction, and Entertainment (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630695]

[453] p., Army and Navy journal and gazette of the regular and volunteer forces, v. 36, no. 20, Saturday, January 14, 1899, Whole Number 1847

Army and Navy journal and gazette of the regular and volunteer forces (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631610]

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:628643]

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630035]

Weekly Novelette (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:627333]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:632768]

Newspapers

The Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser, v. 24, no. 1228, Wednesday, July 13, 1831

The Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:633006]

Salem Gazette (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:626692]

Hingham Patriot (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629466]

Detail, The Fredericksburg Star, v. 17, no. 30, Saturday, February 27, 1880

The Fredericksburg Star (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630639]

The Deseret Evening News, v. 19, no. 70, Saturday Evening, February 13, 1886

The Deseret Evening News (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:630647]

The Sun (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:629458]

Villanova Digital Collection

My Experience during the Epidemic / by Sister M. Herman

Rev. Francis E. Tourscher, O.S.A. papers (9 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:631005]

Like

eBook available: Midshipman Merrill

Once again, a book from our Digital Library has made its way to Project Gutenberg via the Distributed Proofreaders project. This time, the work is Henry Harrison Lewis’ Midshipman Merrill, the story of a youth’s entry into the United States Navy.

The novel was first serialized in the Good News story paper from October 9 through December 18, 1890, and later reissued in both paper and cloth formats. Its story paper roots show in a simple “talented and determined boy wins at everything” story and a stream-of-consciousness style that suggests the work was completed with minimal pre-planning and few revisions.

It appears that the original story was successful enough to merit a sequel, 1893’s Ensign Merrill; or, The Rovers of the Yellow Sea… but that’s a story for another day! For now, the first adventure is available in full through Project Gutenberg, where it can be read online or downloaded in popular eBook formats.


Like

Walter Wallace Jr and West Philly History

By Beaudry Rae Allen, Laura Bang, and Deborah Bishov

 

Illustration of a smiling young Black man with shoulder-length locs. Text says “Walter Wallace Jr.” and “Black Disabled Lives Matter”

Illustration of a smiling young Black man with shoulder-length locs with text saying “Walter Wallace Jr.” and “Black Disabled Lives Matter” By Micah Bazant

This week we mourn and once again must grapple with the senseless killing of a black person by the police, this time in Philadelphia. Walter Wallace Jr. was gunned down by Philadelphia Police on the 6100 block of Locust Street, despite the fact that his family had called for an ambulance and begged the police not to shoot, because he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The events unfolding are not a microcosm, but they highlight issues around race, police brutality, and mental health services in our communities.

The use of excessive force by the police, particularly in this geographic location, is sadly not an anomaly and sparks a reminder of the Philadelphia Police Department’s sordid history with the West Philadelphia community. Only a few blocks from the site of Wallace’s murder is the site of the 1985 MOVE bombing in which Philadelphia Police dropped a bomb on a residential home of the black liberation group MOVE. The bombing killed 6 adults and 5 children as well as destroying many homes in the area. If this is your first time reading about the MOVE bombings the library has many resources available to learn more about the events and how Philadelphia has been shaped by the events.

Physical Books Available for Contactless Pickup

Digital Access

Additional resources for support:

Please contact these departments, as they are available for emotional, mental, and spiritual support. Support and services are available to all students, whether on-campus, off-campus, or at home.

Like
1 People Like This Post

« Previous PageNext Page »

 


Last Modified: October 30, 2020