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Green Voices of the Past: Joseph McGarrity and the 1939 British Royal Visit to the United States

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

Beginning on June 07, 1939 King George VI, and his wife Queen Elizabeth embarked on the first royal visit to the United States that would endure until June 12, 1939. Joseph McGarrity’s 1939 diary offers intriguing insight into the visit through the lens of an American Irish Republican.

p. 93 clipping unfolded back, “Diary, Joseph McGarrity, 1939.” Joseph McGarrity, 1939.

Preceding the advent of the tour, there was much controversy surrounding the mere possibility of the tour, and the newspaper clippings included in McGarrity’s diary offer immense evidence of this. As a newspaper article titled “Britain Fears War” alluded to, many people were questioning in April 1939 if King George VI and Queen Elizabeth should be allowed to go on the visit at all because of the rising fears of an imminent breakout of international war (p. 15, clipping 4). There was a clear division of opinion within both the British cabinet as well as within the royal household; further, this primarily was due to the concern that if war broke out while the British royals were in the United States, the British government feared if they could return home from the tour (p. 15, clipping 4).

Despite these concerns, the tour went ahead, and the first traces of the decision for the tour to go ahead, is evident through the eyes of Joseph McGarrity in his 1939 diary. For, on May 23, 1939, McGarrity wrote “the King + Queen are to visit the President at Washington what Gall they have (p. 50). From this clear disdain, it is clear that McGarrity found the royal visit to not only inappropriate, but also inflammatory with the Irish question still looming large. With his characteristic vitriol towards Britain and the British empire, McGarrity chronicles what he considers to be the most important aspects of the royal visit in his diary.

The royal visit was inflammatory to McGarrity’s immense hatred toward the British monarchy, and his reaction to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the Irish exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the newspaper clipping, found in McGarrity’s diary, entitled “Royal Guests Visit the Irish Exhibit” King George VI and Queen Elizabeth are depicted as maintaining respectfulness and politeness while perusing the exhibit. As the “Queen gave special attention to an exhibit showing the activities for improvement of housing and hospital facilities,” and she commented that the exhibit was “very colorful and pleasant” (p. 93, clipping back). Furthermore, this was the first stop of the royal visit, and according to McGarrity the royal walk at the World’s Fair demonstrated that the visit represented “Fake freedom” and “Fake Patriots” on the part of the American government for entertaining the British royals (p. 92). McGarrity inherently thought that the United States should not entertain the British royals, as they represented a country maintaining a hold on a country searching for freedom. Evidence of this is apparent with McGarrity maintaining “gradually we have pulled the veil from the Faik [sic] Freedom that Ireland is supposed to Have and leave Her masked as still the Pawn of England (p. 92). For McGarrity believed that Roosevelt should side with the Irish, and support an independence movement that he equated with the American revolution.

. 92, “Diary, Joseph McGarrity, 1939.” Joseph McGarrity, 1939.

Further, it is clear that the Irish exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair was a key part of the royal visit. As the reactions of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth are covered in intricate detail. For instance the reporter wrote, “the Queen paused briefly and asked John M. Conway…for an explanation…She made no comment, however, when he showed her the affixed text of the proclamation of the Irish Republic” (p. 93, clipping back). From the brief description of the Queen’s reaction to symbolism concerning Irish republicanism, it is clear that she was aware that the visit had potential to stir up emotions and criticism. Further, all descriptions of the king and queen on the visit to the Irish exhibit allude to a carefully staged, and self-monitored experience for the royals.

As a whole, McGarrity’s short inclusion of the 1939 royal visit offers a deeper understanding of McGarrity, as understanding what angered him hints at what he found most important. This episode in McGarrity’s diary demonstrates his deep criticism of not only Roosevelt, but also the actions and intentions of the royal family as well. For an Irish American, and Irish republican, McGarrity viewed the first visit of the royal family to the United States with deep suspicion of the intentions of the British for visiting, but also with deep fury.

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Emily Poteat is a graduate assistant in Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, and a graduate student in the History Department.


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Green Voices of the Past: Franklin D. Roosevelt through the Eyes of Joseph McGarrity

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

From September 1938 to December 1939, Joseph McGarrity kept a number of diaries; however, this particular diary is in an old “Composition” notebook. Despite its humble appearance, this diary provides a riveting glimpse into the machinations of McGarrity concerning the onset of World War II, and McGarrity’s perceptions of the most prolific politicians of that period. Touched upon most in this particular diary, are McGarrity’s thoughts surrounding President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s visitors, and policies at the onset of World War II.

p. 20, Diary, “Diary, “Compositions” Joseph McGarrity, September 22, 1938 – November 1939.” Joseph McGarrity, 1939.

For McGarrity, Roosevelt was an obstacle standing in the way of American support for a fully united and independent Ireland. Because of this, much of McGarrity’s rhetoric concerning Roosevelt is not only skeptical, but at times McGarrity’s rhetoric becomes vitriolic. Attracting the most scorn from McGarrity was Roosevelt’s meeting with Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, whom McGarrity refers to as “Lord Beverbrook [sic]” (p. 20). To McGarrity, “Lord Beverbrook [sic]” is an “English official propagandist,” as he purchased quite a few American newspapers and McGarrity believed that the papers became too geared towards supporting England soon after (p. 20). Inherently, this is problematic for McGarrity, as it represented a turn for him towards a more sympathetic view of the British. In this regard, McGarrity describes Aitken’s role in the American press as one of the “tools of Americas [sic] most daingerous [sic] ‘Friend.” Because Roosevelt dined with Aitken, McGarrity viewed him as being too close and too willing to work with the British. This view is evident, as McGarrity viewed Roosevelt’s dinner with Aitken, as Roosevelt aligning the United States too closely with the United Kingdom. Inherently this was a major issue for McGarrity, as he, as an Irish republican, saw England as an imperial aggressor that was keeping Ireland from unification and independence. Most vitriolic in his assessment of Roosevelt, McGarrity on page 21 questions “will we ever get another such President as Washington who warned us for all future time aginst [sic] foreign entanglements,” and more pertinently McGarrity wondered “How can the United States prosper all the time on the auction block for England to buy” (p. 21). From this, McGarrity was not only questioning the efficacy of the United States catering to England when they were claiming to be neutral, but also was highly skeptical of Roosevelt’s integrity when it came to U.S. foreign policy. Moreover, McGarrity did not view Roosevelt as forming his policies on his own accord, instead McGarrity viewed Roosevelt as a puppet of the English government.

In equating Roosevelt with England’s war objectives, McGarrity often portrayed Roosevelt as lacking agency, and merely a tool utilized by England. Most clearly McGarrity does this by alluding to a “Roosevelt Promise,” or Roosevelt ignoring neutrality to work directly with England. With this rhetoric in mind, McGarrity on page 24 directly states “I wonder if England has a Roosevelt Promise to put America in the war on Her side?” (p. 24). In equating Roosevelt with McGarrity’s enemy, England, McGarrity does show partiality towards the Axis powers, and often times show outright support for Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Joseph Stalin. In doing so, McGarrity on page 24 details that “Hitler and Stalin I hope are very buisy [sic] preparing”.

p.1, Letter, “Letter, To: “To the President of the United States We Appeal” From: [Irish Race?, 1939?].” McGarrity Papers, 1939.

McGarrity’s machinations about Roosevelt, and other key figures of the World War II era are important, as they demonstrate the way that McGarrity was understanding the events that were happening in the world around him. Further, these ideas surrounding Roosevelt represent a concerted shift from the way that McGarrity perceived Roosevelt in 1936, as in McGarrity’s 1936 diary, McGarrity wrote “I thank and I pray that Roosevelt gets elected a man of great Heart and courage + Brain” (p. 47)). By further exploring these diaries, one will be able to discern when, and why, McGarrity’s perception of Roosevelt changed, and what key factors pushed McGarrity from staunch support to strong dislike.

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Emily Poteat is a graduate assistant in Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, and a graduate student in the History Department.


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From the Archives: Black Student League on Campus

From the Archives: Black Student League on Campus

Black Student League meeting, 1972

Black Student League, 1972 yearbook

“We Black Students see our purpose as being twofold: first, we are constantly trying to education relate more to the problems that all people face in society; secondly, we try to make the educational process reciprocal by impression upon teachers and other students that we have a worthwhile viewpoint which should be acknowledged.

Specifically, we would like to see more courses dealing with the problems of the community included in the curriculum. For example, instead of just having biology as a required course, why not make community health also a required course. Also, in teaching history why not include the contributions of other peoples as required courses.

These things are of the utmost importance because they will build understanding and respect for other peoples and their problems, and will get away from the viewpoint that only the majority opinion is right.” – Ronald Rothwell ’73

Black Student League event poster, 1971

Black Student League event poster, 1971

 

Looking back at our past is a way to recognize and honor the many accomplishments and contributions of Black individuals and communities to our Villanova history, culture, and values. For Black History Month, the University Archives’ highlights the Black Student League. Since its inception in the 1960s, the Black Student League (known today as the Black Cultural Society) has been a mainstay on campus with innumerable amount work bringing to light inequality on campus and contributing new ideas of equality and inclusion for a better campus culture. The University Archives invites you to learn more about the Black Student League and the Black experience in the 1960s with The Villanovan special issue, from April 23, 1969,  called, “Black Wildcat.” The issue included several articles about identity, racism, and campus culture. Please be advised there is a content warning of the issue.

 

Learn more about the Black Student League in the Digital Library.

 


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Content Roundup – Last Week – January 2022

Read, research and review the newest available digitized content. This week: new dime novels and story paper issues, more of the literary notebooks of Annie Tuttle containing poems and lyrical verse, and a host of offerings from the James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration including correspondence from notable explorers.

Americana

Notebook, “Mile A Minute Composition Book” / Annie L.Tuttle.

Annie L. Tuttle papers (5 notebooks added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684371]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Buffalo Bill in the jaws of death; or, The strange sacrifice of Uncopah / by the author of “Buffalo Bill.”

New Buffalo Bill Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:596124?lookfor=series%3A%28120+OR+122+OR+123+OR+124%29]

Periodicals

Detail, p. [273], Golden Days : for Boys and Girls, v. VIII, no. 18, April 2, 1887

Golden Days (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:650112?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

The Illustrated record, v. V, no. 64, Saturday, August 10, 1895

Illustrated Record (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:687559]

New York Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:688217?lookfor=title%3Amay]

New York Weekly (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:686038]

The People’s Home Journal, v. XXV, no. 5, May, 1910

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683123]

Portland Transcript (3 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:687558?lookfor=title%3Amay]

Detail, p. [1], The Weekly novelette, v. VI, no. 2, Saturday, September 24, 1859

Weekly Novelette (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:686149]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:686169]

James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration

Letter, To: “Dear Sir” From: John Franklin, undated.

Letter, To: “Dear Sir” From: John Franklin, undated.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682928]

Letter, To: Rev’d H. Wagner From: Sir John Franklin, undated.

Letter, To: Rev’d H. Wagner From: Sir John Franklin, undated.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682921]

Diagram, showing latitude near North Pole, signed by Robert Peary, November 1, 1909

Diagram, showing latitude near North Pole, signed by Robert Peary, November 1, 1909
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682948]

Letter, To: Dr. O. H. Tittmann From: R.E. Peary, December 9, 1910
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682941]

Letter, To: Dr. Tittmann From: E. H. Shackleton, September 28, 1909
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682954]

Letter, To: Dr. F. Feith From: Knud Rasmussen, 28 November, 1929
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682935]

Letter, To: Mr. Isaiah Bowmann From: Robert Flaherty, April 18, 1918
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682960]


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Green Voices of the Past: Joseph McGarrity, Irish Republicanism, and Irish Organizing in the Months before World War II

Posted for: Emily Poteat.

As a person with a passion for the history of World War II, it is needless to say I was intrigued at the prospect of transcribing Joseph McGarrity’s diary from 1939. Through his distinctive scrawling handwriting, McGarrity details his hopes, his Irish-republican organizing, and his personal opinions about the happenings of the world in the immediate months preceding the Second World War.

Photograph, Joseph McGarrity, standing with gloves, n.d.

Beyond this, McGarrity’s diary is immensely riveting in nature. Within just the first few pages, one is teleported into one of the Irish-republican effort’s most prolific minds, as he charts and plans how the Irish republican cause could benefit from an alliance with the Third Reich. On page ten of the manuscript McGarrity directly states that he sought, from an alliance with Nazi Germany, “technicians…particularly chemical experts,” to “ask for submarine experts to be trained,” and most tellingly with his intentions “that sufficient war stuffs be supplied in the line of war material for a major engagement in England.” As evidenced by McGarrity’s rhetoric, McGarrity and his Irish republican compatriots were planning for a major military effort and armed engagements on mainland England in the months preceding World War II. This is significant, as from my experience with McGarrity’s personal manuscripts, this is the first time he directly alluded to his involvement in arms procurement for the sole purpose of armed warfare with England. Furthermore, McGarrity’s diary entry directly points to a major Irish-republican effort to align itself with Hitler’s Nazi Germany right before World War II.

p. 10, Diary, “Diary, Joseph McGarrity, 1939,” Joseph McGarrity, 1939.

Most pertinently, McGarrity’s diary points to an intentional effort of Irish Republicans to organize armed engagement beyond anonymous bombings in England, which McGarrity chronicles in his diary as well. The purpose of this alignment with Germany in 1939 for McGarrity, was to force England to remove its forces from Northern Ireland and to allow both Ireland and Northern Ireland to unite into a single republican nation. If this were to occur, McGarrity believed that recognition by other nations was critical to the success of a completely independent and united Ireland, as he professes on page ten “since the freedom of Ireland would mean the freedom of the seas early Recognition by German Italy + [sic] Spain and as many of the Government as Germany and Her Allies can influence should come as early a date as possible.” Clearly, McGarrity saw an alliance with Nazi Germany as a clear way to push forward the effort to unite the Ireland and Northern Ireland. Distinctively, further corroborating McGarrity’s intention is his statement on page ten, “in case war supplies must be landed in England so that an Irish Republican force can get into action there on a big scale I feel sure they would be joined by many thousands of Irish once operations would begin in England.”

Expounding on McGarrity’s idea that the Irish Republican cause would benefit through an alliance with Germany, McGarrity, throughout his diary is incredibly critical of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his cabinet, and the British parliament. Evidence for this lies in McGarrity’s numerous newspaper clippings he includes in his diary, that often only include critical assessments of the British government or critical views surrounding Roosevelt’s intentions towards the Irish cause.

As a whole, McGarrity’s 1939 diary offers important insight into the way Irish Americans, and Irish republicans like Joseph McGarrity, sought to align themselves, as well as sought to continue the Irish republican cause in the immediate months before the Second World War.

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Emily Poteat is a graduate assistant in Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, and a graduate student in the History Department.


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New Exhibit: “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, both in the Library’s first floor display cases and online.

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory highlights the generous donation of a collection of books and items about the Arctic and Antarctic recently given to the Library’s Distinctive Collections by Dr. James Wheeler. “In organizing this exhibit, we really wanted to share the depth and range of this new collection,” says Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian and co-curator of the exhibit. “It was also important that we make connections with our other collections materials as well as current issues affecting the polar regions today such as global warming and climate change. These connections really enhance the relevancy of this collection.”

“The title reflects these themes of ‘imagining’ and ‘remembering’ that are present throughout the exhibit,” says Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist and the other co-curator. “Many of the items on display are published narrative memoirs of expedition journeys written for general audiences.” From the exhibit introduction:

While these explorative voyages were scientific in nature, the books satisfied public fascination with the polar regions by visualizing previously unknown territories through word and image. But even as explorers filled in and corrected maps and myths, we continue to imagine and construct—from works of pure fiction to conjectures of lost expeditions. And as we read about “that fairyland of ice” we watch it slowly disappear as dire warnings about climate change threaten what we have come to know of the Arctic and Antarctic—once again to mind and memory.

The online exhibit contains additional materials beyond what is on display in the Library. “We are physically limited by what will actually fit in the cases,” says Oviedo, “and we can only show one page of a book at a time, for example, whereas online we can show several pages or even an entire book if we want.” Links to items that have been fully digitized in Villanova’s Digital Library are included when applicable. The online exhibit includes additional section headings as well as a Q & A with Dr. James Wheeler about collecting and acquiring the eclectic collection that now bears his name.

The exhibit was curated by Oviedo and Bang. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. Photos courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist.


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eBook available: Nimble Ike, the Trick Ventriloquist

Decades before the invention of the modern comic book and other contemporary forms of entertainment, dime novels were pioneering some of the conventions that would later become commonplace. For example, in the growing field of detective fiction, Old Sleuth (the pseudonym of Harlan Page Halsey) created an array of colorful and quirky detective characters, and even experimented with having their paths cross from time to time. One might dare call it the “Old Sleuth Bibliographic Universe.” A few years ago, we shared one of these “crossover events” as a Project Gutenberg eBook: The Twin Ventriloquists. Our latest release, produced with help from the Distributed Proofreaders project, is an earlier story from the same series: the origin story of Nimble Ike, the Trick Ventriloquist, a self-described “rousing tale of fun and frolic.”

The book tells of the early career of Nimble Ike, a young orphan boy raised by a globetrotting magician, who is left to fend for himself and decides to use his incredible powers of ventriloquism to fight crime (and play the occasional prank). Along the way, he befriends a more experienced detective and uncovers a plot against a young banker. It is written in Old Sleuth’s signature style, with the narrative frequently broken up by repetitive, staccato dialog (the better to fill pages with, when you’re churning out dime novels at a frantic pace). While not a literary masterpiece, the book delivers what its audience likely expected from it: a bit of mystery, a bit of action, and a bit of humor (though the prank sequences are unlikely to elicit much laughter from a modern reader).

Nimble Ike would go on to star or co-star in another six adventures written by Old Sleuth, so apparently there was a market for ventriloquism-based detective fiction.

If you want to experience this story for yourself, you can find the full text available for online reading (or download in popular eBook formats) at Project Gutenberg, or you can view the original scanned book in our Digital Library.


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Content Roundup – End of December 2021- to Mid-January 2022

Resources recently digitized and published are highlighted in this multi-week edition of the Content Roundup. Having entered the public domain this year, some 1926 content is featured as are continued digitization work on dime novel and story paper collections.

Americana

Remember the Maine Collection

Maine Memorial Service Held At White’s Opera House, Concord, N.H., Tuesday evening, March 22, 1898
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Record/vudl:684420]

Annie L. Tuttle papers

Sheet music, “The Quinnipiac River” / words by Mrs. Willard W. Tuttle, music by M. Hanford
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684361]

Notebook, “Our Banner Year Satin Finish” / Annie L.Tuttle
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684372]

Notebook, “My First Hunting Season” / Annie L.Tuttle
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:685351]

Magazines

Rear cover, Journeys Beautiful: the magazine of travel, v. 1, no. 11, October 1925

Journeys Beautiful: the magazine of travel (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683996]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover, Dean Dunham; or, The Waterford mystery / by Horatio Alger, Jr.

Dean Dunham; or, The Waterford mystery / by Horatio Alger, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684699]

Front cover, Buffalo Bill’s dead drop; or, Pawnee Bill betrayed / by the author of “Buffalo Bill.”

New Buffalo Bill Weekly (8 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:596124?recordID=vudl%3A680328]

Periodicals

New York clipper, v. XXX, no. 48, Saturday, February 17, 1883

New York Clipper (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:658811]

Front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 2, Saturday, January 12, 1918

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:639387]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:639422]

Front cover, They’re after me / adapted, with original words, by Monroe H. Rosenfeld

They’re after me / adapted, with original words, by Monroe H. Rosenfeld (Boys of New York supplement)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:669120]

Blade and Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683972]

New York Fireside Companion (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:561307?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

New York Ledger (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:649658?lookfor=title%3Adecember]

Front cover, The People’s Home Journal, v. XXIII, no. 12, December, 1908

People’s Home Journal (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684126]

Boys’ World (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:647305]

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

Detail, p. [1], The golden era, v. XXII, no. 2, Sunday morning, December 7, 1873

The Golden Era (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684309?lookfor=title%3Adecember]

[305] p., Golden Hours : A Weekly Journal of Good Literature for Young Folks, v. XXI, no. 540, Saturday June 4, 1898

Golden Hours (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683639]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:683659]

New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Aaugust]

Saturday Night (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:655987]

Joseph McGarrity

Detail, [1] p., The Gaelic American – v. 5, no. 8, February 22, 1908, Whole Number 232

The Gaelic American (1908:7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:662603]

Newspaper Collection

The Stethoscope : Echoes of the Battalion (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:683006]

Detail, p. 2, The Cleveland News, v. 85, no. 141, Friday, May 21, 1926

The Cleveland News (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:684060]

Pennsylvaniana

T.A. Daly Collection

A Little Book of American Humorous Verse, 1926
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:680116]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration

Title page, The Adventure of Wrangel Island

The Adventure of Wrangel Island, 1926
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:679650]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Memorial Library

Mosaic: News from Falvey Memorial Library, Fall 2021
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Record/vudl:683107]


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New Year, New Status

By Rebecca Oviedo

Every year since 2019 we have delighted in reviewing our Distinctive Collections for new titles entering the public domain to scan and bring to you in our Digital Library each new year. For 20 years prior to 2019, new items to the public domain were restricted due to a copyright extension enacted in 1998. Laura Bang wrote an excellent review and round-up of further reading on the blog in December 2019.

This year we’re adding two works that have been included in two of our online exhibits but could not previously be shared in full due to copyright. Alright, well one exhibit is brand new this year, so it didn’t have to wait very long!

Joining nine other titles already in the public domain by Villanova alumnus, poet, and author Thomas Augustine Daly is A Little Book of American Humorous Verse, published in Philadelphia in 1926. Dedicated “to all lovers of the laughing muse,” T.A. Daly has compiled a selection of light verse by American authors ranging from the well-known and enduring Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, to his own friends and contemporaries Christopher Morley, Joyce Kilmer, and of course, himself.

Coming soon is our brand new exhibit, “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory, which includes Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s 1926 The Adventure of Wrangel Island, from the James Wheeler collection. This copy is inscribed by Stefansson himself to his friend Henry Grier Bryant (1859-1932), a fellow explorer and writer from Philadelphia. Stefansson was a prolific author with 12 other books in the Wheeler collection, many of them also signed copies.

Of course 2022 also brings new additions to our Dime Novel and Popular Literature collection including these newspapers from 1926: a September issue of Chicago’s Blade and Ledger and a May 21st issue of The Cleveland News. Well into Prohibition, catching my eye in this latter issue is an advertisement for Pabst-ett, “the new finer food that’s more than cheese” from Pabst Brewing Company and an article on the front page reporting on the perjury trial of a Broadway theater producer’s “bathtub party” allegedly at which “pretty Joyce Hawley, Broadway model, ‘entirely undressed,’ splashed merrily in a bathtub of bubbling champagne while a score of men drank from the contents of the tub.”  !!!

Other major titles freely available this year include A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. This past December, The Public Domain Review did a festive advent-style calendar in anticipation of new items in the public domain for 2022. Here’s to a new year!

 


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

 

 


 

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Content Roundup – Last Weeks – December 2021

Negative, Track Team, 1970

We finish out 2021 with the highlights of digitized and described content from December 2021 as the year concludes. Notable materials include over 90 negatives on Villanova’s track and field program, issues from 2 newspapers from the American Occupation of Korea 1946, 2 new trade catalogs, 2 volumes of Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn from the Gregor Mendel Collection, 7 items from the James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration and more Dime Novels and story paper issues!

Americana

Front, Postcard, Easter greetings!

Postcard, Easter Greetings!
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682194]

Catalogs and Trade materials

p. [14], Lange Motor Trucks

Lange Motor Trucks : the truck built on experience. Catalogue D. Made in Pittsburgh
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682974]

p. [3], Illustrated book of animals

Illustrated book of animals
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682260]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Tom Tracy; or, The trials of a New York newsboy / by Horatio Alger, Jr.
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682402]

Front cover

Jack Harkaway’s schooldays / by Bracebridge Hemyng
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:681263]

Periodicals

Fireside at Home (7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:655104?lookfor=%22v.+III%22]

Detail, p. 238, Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, v. X, no. 254, April 9, 1870

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner (5 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:383292?lookfor=title%3Aapril]

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

Front cover, Buffalo Bill’s dead drop; or, Pawnee Bill betrayed

New Buffalo Bill Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:596124?lookfor=series%3A(8+OR+11+OR+30+OR+34)]

New York Weekly (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660877?lookfor=title%3Ajune]

Detail, p. [225], The Weekly novelette, v. V, no. 15, Saturday, June 25, 1859

Weekly Novelette (4 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:660067?lookfor=title%3Ajune]

Newspapers

[1] p., The Stethoscope : Echoes of the Battalion, v. 1, no. 7, April 29, 1946

The Stethoscope (1946: 2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:683006]

Front cover, The hour glass : Seventh Infantry Division, v. 1, no. 1, Sunday, January 16, 1946

The hour glass : Seventh Infantry Division (1946: 19 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682193]

Flora, Fauna, and the Human Form

Mendel Collection

[99] p., Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn, II Band, 1863

Naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn (2 volumes added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:680779]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:678636]

Rambles, Travels, and Maps

James Wheeler Collection of Polar Exploration

Front, Map, Key Map of Canadian Arctic Expedition, Discoveries in the Arctic Sea, 1914-18

Map, Key Map of Canadian Arctic Expedition, Discoveries in the Arctic Sea, 1914-18
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682175]

Photograph, portrait of Admiral Richard Byrd, signed, undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682169]

Photograph, portrait of Lincoln Ellsworth, signed, November 1936
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682187]

Front, Photograph, Richard E. Byrd and Donald B. MacMillan shaking hands, signed, undated

Photograph, Richard E. Byrd and Donald B. MacMillan shaking hands, signed, undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682915]

Portrait engraving of Elisha Kent Kane, M.D., U.S.N., undated
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682968]

Front, Receipt, signed by John Franklin, Capt. R. N., February 7, 1825

Receipt, signed by John Franklin, Capt. R. N., February 7, 1825
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:682181]

Plate II, recto, John Ross : Entdeckungsreise unter den befehlen der Britischen Admiralität mit den königlichen schiffen Isabella und Alexander um Baffins Bay auszuforschen und die Möglichkeit einer nordwestlichen Durchfahrt zu Untersuchen.

John Ross : Entdeckungsreise unter den befehlen der Britischen Admiralität mit den königlichen schiffen Isabella und Alexander um Baffins Bay auszuforschen und die Möglichkeit einer nordwestlichen Durchfahrt zu Untersuchen
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:681874]

Villanova Digital Collection

Athletics

Negative, Track, 1966

Track and Field Images (1966-1970: 90 negatives added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:640801]


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