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Content Roundup – Second Week – September 2019

Chicago Ledger, v. XLVIII, no. 19, Saturday, May 8, 1920

Newly digitized this week are a number of rare materials including issues of Pennsylvania newspaper of limited availability, more dime novels and story paper issues, more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, and other treasures to read and research!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

“Phantom” the prairie trapper / by “Pawnee Jack”

“Phantom” the prairie trapper / by “Pawnee Jack”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578653]

The lost treasure / by Sylvanus Cobb, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574095]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577184]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566731]

[113] p., Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XVII, no. 424, July 12, 1873

Chimney Corner (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578109]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578149]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578169]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578129]

Selection [297] p., The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 38, Saturday, September 23, 1854

Flag of Our Union (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576647]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576659]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576671]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576683]

Portland Eclectic and Northern Home (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578049]

Portland Transcript (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577774]

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Program, 169th Annual Banquet, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, March 18, 1940
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578879]

Seating Chart, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 174th Annual Dinner, March 17, 1945
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578925]

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

Title detail, Macedonia Epirus et Achaia / G. Blaeu exc.

Macedonia Epirus et Achaia / G. Blaeu exc.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573691]

Carte réduite d’une partie de l’Océan Atlantique ou occidental

Carte réduite d’une partie de l’Océan Atlantique ou occidental
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571299]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

Membership cards (20 added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:576168]

Newspapers

The Pennsylvanian, v. XI, no. 3300, Monday morning, October 31, 1842

The Pennsylvanian (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:571210]

Relfs Philadelphia gazette, and daily advertiser, v. XXXIII, no. 8704, Tuesday, 17th December, 1816

Relfs Philadelphia Gazette (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:579433]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1 audio file added: 1982 Fall Festival (Tape #4, Side Two)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:579765]

Villanova Digital Collection

Program, Grand Dramatic Entertainment by the Villanova College Dramatic Society, “Wreck ashore”, May 10, 1882

Villanova Theatre (5 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:571235]


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Content Roundup – First Week – September 2019

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVII, no. 42, Saturday, October 18, 1919

This week’s newest digitized offerings include more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, a rare pocket Mark Twain scrapbook, more dime novels and story paper issues, materials from the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, as well as two score-books used to record Villanova Basketball games, and some additional Villanova Theater programs!

Americana

[3] p. , Mrs. Hine’s Mark Twain’s pocket adhesive scrapbook

Mrs. Hine’s Mark Twain’s pocket adhesive scrapbook
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578229]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The hunter scouts, or, The bride of the valley / by Captain Carleton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577658]

[That boy Bones; or, The Terror of the boarding-house / by “Fred.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577254]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XLVII, no. 46, Saturday, November 15, 1919

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566580]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566699]

The flag of our Union, v. IX, no. 31, Saturday, August 5, 1854

Flag of Our Union (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576563]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576575]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576587]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573999]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577023]

The weekly museum, v. XVI, no. 50, [whole] no. 831, Saturday, December 15, 1804

Weekly Museum (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577614]

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Annual Programs

Seating Chart, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 168th Annual Dinner, March 17, 1939
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578470]

Program, 167th Annual Banquet, Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, March 17, 1938
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578477]

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

Carte des parties nord et ouest de l’Amérique dressée d’apres les relations les plus authentiques par M … en 1764 : Nouvelle édition réduite
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573679]

Detail, The State of Pennsylvania : From the latest surveys, 1796.

The State of Pennsylvania : From the latest surveys
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573674]

An accurate map of the island of St. Christophers, from an acutal survey; shewing the parishes, churches, and rivers; also the bays, rocks, shoals, and soundings that surround the whole
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573669]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

12 Membership cards, 1954
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576168]

Newspapers

Cover detail, New-York daily tribune, v. XVI, no. 4,782, Saturday, August 16, 1856

New-York Daily Tribune (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570802]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

[6] p. from 1956, Official NCAA Basketball Scorebook

Basketball

The New Short and Long Basketball Scorebook / by Oscar W. Gluck and Walter Barczewski [Villanova community access only]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578573]

The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball Scorebook … / Howard A. Hobson, technical editior.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:578497]

Villanova Theatre

Programs (4 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571235]


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European views and portraits by Esther Borough Johnson

Earlier this year, we acquired an album of sketches by English artist Esther Borough Johnson. The album has been digitized so you can peruse it at your leisure. The album depicts various places in England, Italy, France, and other European countries. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is probably the most widely-recognized landmark in the album.

Drawing of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Pisa, Italy. [7, recto]

Some drawings are labeled with the name of the place depicted, but many are not. Many of the drawings are undated as well, but the dates noted in the album include 1921 and 1922.

Sketch of a courtyard with a woman leaning over a well.

Sketch of a courtyard in Majorca (Mallorca). [5, recto]

The drawings are mainly done in graphite, although some have had color added. Many of the sketches are unfinished, likely quick drawings in situ that may have been used later as references for completed works. In addition to cityscapes, Esther drew a number of street scenes and portraits.

A beach scene at Honfleur (France). [13, recto]

Esther’s art provides an intimate glimpse into several European locations in the early 1920s with an eye for more than just the typical tourist scenes. The art has been assembled into a larger album, but many of the works are done on smaller pieces of paper. It is easy to imagine Esther pulling out a small sketchbook whenever a particular scene caught her eye.

Two sketches of Bruges (Belgium), another unidentified city street, and some chickens. [41, recto]

The complete album of Esther’s sketches can be viewed in our Digital Library. Elsewhere online, you can view three examples of Esther’s finished paintings at ArtUK. ArtUK also has a portrait of Esther painted by her husband Ernest Borough Johnson. The Suffolk Artists website has a brief biography of Esther.

 


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Content Roundup – Last Week – August 2019

This week we present a set of newly digitized materials! Noteworthy materials include: story paper issues, more vintage Villanova Theater programs, more maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, 29 more issues of the National Defender newspaper, and another ledger book from the MacSwiney Club Collection, and the New York Family Story Paper Prize Joke Book and Almanac!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Eunice Earle, or, The fatal compact / by Mary Kyle Dallas
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574314]

Bogus Dime, the North Pole detective; or, Hunting the needle fiend / by Will Winch
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568367]

Periodicals

Front cover, selection, Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 16, Saturday, April 21, 1917

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566553]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567552]

rank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. XXVII, no. 690, August 17, 1878

Chimney Corner (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576599]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576607]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576627]

Family Story Paper Prize Joke Book and Almanac (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574716]

Portland Transcript (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570866]

Detail, p. 245 “Holiday Music”, Hearth and Home, v. VII, no. 13, Saturday, September 19, 1874

Hearth and Home (6 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:570112]

Newspapers

Paterson daily guardian, v. VI, no. 839, Wednesday evening, August 3, 1859


Paterson Daily Guardian (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571118]

[73] p., Stoddart’s review, v. I, no. 10, May 15, 1880

Stoddart’s Review (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570970]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (29 issues from 1875)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576559]

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

Hungaria, 1623

Hungaria
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573685]

Le Port au Prince dans l’isle de St. Domingue

Le Port au Prince dans l’isle de St. Domingue
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571353]

A plan of Fort St. Louis Harbor on the south side of Hispaniola, 1888

A plan of Fort St. Louis Harbor on the south side of Hispaniola
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571347]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

p. 13, Minute Book

Minute book, Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), May 1898 – December 1901
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:577786]

Villanova Digital Collection

Program, Dramatic Entertainment by the Villanova Dramatic Society, “Eily O’Connor” and “Cherry Bounce”, December 17, 1879

Villanova Theatre (23 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:571235]


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The Shelf List, August 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.

Photo of a map of Port au Prince.

Le Port au Prince dans l’isle de St. Domingue (1764) by Jacques Bellin.

Art Curiosa Collection

Leslie, Frank. Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner. New York: [Mrs. Frank Leslie, etc.], 1865. [New issues added.]

Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly Newspaper. New York [N.Y.]: Leslie-Judge Co., 1914. [New issues added.]

Lot of Newspapers Published December 8, 1941.

Munro, Norman L. Golden Hours. New York, N.Y.: Norman L. Munro. [New issues added.]

Portland Eclectic and Northern Home. Portland, Me.: S.T. Pickard & Co.

Portland Tribune. Portland [Me.]: [s.n].

The Saturday Evening Post. Philadelphia [Pa.]: Samuel D. Patterson & Co.

Stoddart’s Review. Philadelphia: J. M. Stoddart & Co.

 

Early American Imprints

The Lehigh Register. Allentown, Pa.: Augustus L. Ruhe.

Paterson Daily Guardian. Paterson, N.J.: Van Derhoven & Irish, 1864.

 

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

Aa, Pieter van der. La Grande Tartarie, Suivant Les Nouvelles Observations De Messrs. De L’Académie Royale De Sciences, Etc.: Augmentés De Nouveau. A Leide: Chez Pierre vander Aa, 1729.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. L’empire De La Chine: Pour Servir a L’histoire Générale Des Voyages. s.l: s.n., 1748.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Le Port Au Prince Dans L’isle De St. Domingue. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1764.

Buchon, J. A. C. 1791-1846. Carte Geographique, Statistique Et Historique De La Pensylvanie.

Diderot, Denis. Astronomie. Paris: Briasson, 1751.

Jefferys, Thomas. A Plan of the Harbour of Chebucto and Town of Halifax. [London]: [Gentleman’s Magazine], 1750.

Keulen, Johannes van. Nieuwe Paskaert Van De Kust Van Hollandt Tussen Texel Ende Maes, Waer in Vertoont Wert Alle Syn Diepten En Droochten. Als Mede Hoe Haer De Landen Vertoonen Vytter Zee: Seer Naeukeurigh Opgestelt. t’ Amsterdam: by Johannes van Keulen, boeckverkoper ande Oostsyde vande Nieubrugh, inde gekroonde lootsman, 1697.

Levasseur, V. Amérique Méridionale. A Paris: Chez A. Combette, Editeur, rue St. Jacques, No. 41, 1847.

Levasseur, V. Amérique Septentrionale. Paris: A. Combette, 1845.

Mercator, Gerhard, and Hendrik Hondius. Hungaria. [Amsterdam?]: [Henricus Hondius?], 1623.

Sayer, Robert. A Plan of Fort St. Louis Harbor On the South Side of Hispaniola. London: Printed for Robert Sayer…, 1788.

 

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


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eBook available: The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches

The latest title from our collection to become a Project Gutenberg eBook is The Red Cross Girls in the British Trenches, the first title in a series of juvenile adventures about four American girls who come from substantially different backgrounds but work together to provide relief to the wounded during the first World War.

While many war series were published at this time with a male audience in mind, this is one of the rarer titles marketed to young girls. The narrative is significantly more character-driven than the “boys’ books” of the time, but it still delivers a few action set pieces. It also touches on issues including gender roles, mental illness and the impact of the Civil War, providing an example of how these topics were portrayed to a mainstream juvenile audience at the start of the twentieth century (which, of course, may seem insensitive by twenty-first century standards).

The full text of the book may be read online or downloaded in a variety of popular formats through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – August 2019

Program, The Belle Masque Society presents, “Stalag 17”, March 31, April 1-3, 1954

Newly digitized this week are a host of new materials including story paper issues, vintage Villanova Theater programs, maps from the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection, 12 issues of the National Defender newspaper from November 1874 – January 1875, a ledger book from the MacSwiney Club Collection, more Irish music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group, and all of the extant issues of the newspaper Wayne Signal from the Radnor Historical Society Collection.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Middy Ned, the runaway; or, The Search for the missing youth / by Old Sleuth

Middy Ned, the runaway; or, The Search for the missing youth / by Old Sleuth
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570930]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567429]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566507]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:566530]

Flag of Our Union (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570675]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570688]

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570910]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:573648]

Cock Robin : and other stories / by Palmer Cox

Philadelphia Inquirer supplements (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571022]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570982]

Portland eclectic and northern home, v. 4, no. 28, Saturday, April 8, 1854

Portland Eclectic and Northern Home (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570756]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570732]

Portland Transcript (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570830]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570842]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender (12 issues from November 1874 – January 1875)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556644]

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

Astronomie
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571359]

A plan of the harbour of Chebucto and town of Halifax
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571253]

Nieuwe paskaert van de kust van Hollandt tussen Texel ende Maes, waer in vertoont wert alle syn diepten en droochten.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571317]

Amérique méridionale / géographie et statistique de V. Levasseur
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571305]

Amérique Septentrionale / geographie et statistique de V. Levasseur

Amérique Septentrionale / geographie et statistique de V. Levasseur
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571311]

Carte geographique, statistique et historique de la Pensylvanie
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571323]

MacSwiney Club Collection

Irish American Club

Ledger, Stuarts Monthly Due Ledger, No. 190, for lodges,societies, clubs, etc., Irish American Club (Philadelphia, Pa.)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576759]

Newspapers

The Lehigh register, v. 1, no. 45, August 17, 1847

The Lehigh register (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571062]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

1982 Fall Festival (1 file added, Tape #4)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576560]

Radnor Historical Society

The Wayne Signal, v. 1, no. 4, April 1888

Wayne Signal (all 10 extant issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576558]

Villanova Digital Collection

Photographs and Illustrations

Campus Aerial View, 1920s.

Campus Aerial View, 1920s
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:549810]

Villanova, Nursing students, class of 1958.

Villanova, Nursing students, class of 1958.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:549806]

Students Discussing with Teacher in Classroom, 1982
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:550419]

Villanova Theatre

Program, The Belle Masque Society presents, “Stalag 17”, March 31, April 1-3, 1954

Programs (11 programs added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:571235]


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Available for proofreading: Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in France and Belgium

Our latest book to appear as part of the Distributed Proofreaders project is Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in France and Belgium. Like the recent Red Cross Girls titles, this is part of a wave of juvenile adventure novels released in reaction to the first World War, and it has been out of print for more than a century.

You can volunteer to help turn the images from our Digital Library into a new, free electronic edition of the text at Project Gutenberg. To join in, first read this earlier blog post to learn how the process works, then head to the project page to begin work.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – August 2019

Selection [8] p., “Cast”, program, The Belle Masque Society, “Tiger at the Gates”, November 5-9, 1958

Newly digitized this week are a host of new resources; notable new items include: many Villanova Theatre programs, a heavily annotated copy of the first history of Villanova College (annotations by Fr. Middleton), more story paper and newspaper issues, an artists sketch and scrapbook, and the 2019 Falvey Scholars papers.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

The Philadelphia mint robbery; or, Old Cap. Collier’s curious clew / by the author of “Old Cap. Collier.”
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:568331]

The Vanishing opals; or, Old Sleuth and the Strangways’ Tangle
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567797]

Adrien Leroy / by Charles Garvice
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574241]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 1, January 1, 1916

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added, v. 44)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567375]

Chicago Ledger (3 issues added, v. 34)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:565793]

Saturday Evening Post (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571415]

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:569575]

p. [232], Street & Smith’s Literary Album, v. IV, no. 18, October 19, 1867, no. 96.

Street & Smith’s Literary Album (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570108]

Youth’s Companion (2 issues)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570083]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570814]

New York Family Story Paper (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570234]

New York Weekly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570245]

p. [281], Portland tribune, v. 4, no. 36, Saturday, December 14, 1844

Portland Tribune (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570790]

p. 310, International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal, part 10, no. 20

International Weekly Illustrated Ladies’ Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567631]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570890]

Flag of Our Union (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:567921]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570639]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570651]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:570663]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Selection, front cover, National Defender, v. XVIII, no. 52, Tuesday, August 11, 1874, Whole Number: 936

National Defender (11 issues added from 1874, August/September/October)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:556644]

MacSwiney Club

Irish American Club

Membership card, Irish American Club, no. 356, 1954

Documents (1953-1954: 25 membership cards added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576168]

Pennsylvaniana

James D. Reap, Jr. Collection

Red Seed with Stopper and Ivory Animal Figures, 1944-1946?
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:576090]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Tulla Ceili Band (Tape #3) at the Commodore Barry Club in Philadelphia on September 17, 1982
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:570467]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Scholars (2019: 5 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:575834]

Notes 4, recto

Historical sketch of the Augustinian monastery, college and mission of St. Thomas of Villanova : Delaware County, Pa. during the first half century of their existence, 1842-1892 / compiled by Rev. Thomas C. Middleton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:575379]

Villanova Theatre

Program, The Belle Masque Society, “Harvey,” March 23-26, 1955

Programs (12 items added or updated)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:571235]

World

Selection [14, recto]

European views and portraits / Esther Borough Johnson
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:574480]


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Distinctive Collections: The Smallest Item

What is the smallest item in your collection?

While our Distinctive Collections have many small and fascinating items (a Sumerian clay tablet, a miniature edition of Shakespeare’s plays), the smallest item has to be this tiny seed pod amazingly filled with even tinier carved ivory animals. This item belongs to the James D. Reap, Jr. World War II Collection, which coincidentally also houses one of the largest items from Distinctive Collections (see: Scanning a Panoramic Sketch).

 

The little red seed comes from the red sandalwood tree, common in India and other tropic areas. Sometimes called the Red Lucky Seed, Circassian Seed, Jumbi-Bead, or magic charm bean, the hollow seeds filled with carved ivory animals (usually elephants) were likely sold or distributed as souvenirs that would bring good luck with each animal inside. This seed, like a fancy perfume bottle, has a carved stopper on top that fits just right. Inside easily and comfortably fits thirteen paper-thin little animals. The animals are intricately carved and some are quite recognizable. There is a camel and a giraffe, an elephant, and other four-legged creatures. Each one is only about 4 mm tall (the giraffe is 6 mm tall) and the seed with stopper measures 8 mm wide and 12 mm height.

We are not sure where Reap acquired it, but it was certainly while overseas between 1944-1946. After enlisting in the Navy in November 1943 and training at Bainbridge, MD and Fort Lauderdale, FL, he was then ordered to San Diego to join the Japanese invasion force. The USS White Marsh took Reap to Pearl Harbor, HI, where he was assigned to the USS Proteus, a submarine tender, as a radar and communications technician. He was stationed at various times at: Guam; Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; Japan; and Panama. After the war, Reap was honorably discharged from Naval service on April 6, 1946.

Earlier this summer we had a chance to revisit this collection with James D. Reap, Jr.’s son and great-granddaughter during their visit to campus. They fondly remembered the little “ivory zoo” and son James J. Reap recalled his father proudly rolling out the sketch of Yokosuka Naval Base in his basement to show family and friends. The family is happy that the collection is now being preserved with Villanova University’s Distinctive Collections, and excited to see items shared online in the Digital Library.

 

James J. Reap, ’69 and his granddaughter, Abby, pose with items from the James D. Reap, Jr. World War II Collection.

 


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Last Modified: August 14, 2019