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The Shelf List, September 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.

An illustration of a man handing a piece of paper to another man over a ledger book.

An original illustration by H. R. Grissinger.

Art Curiosa Collection

All Around Weekly. New York: Frank Tousey. [2 issues added]

Carleton, L. C. The Hunter Scouts, Or, The Bride of the Valley. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Chicago Ledger. Chicago [Ill.]: A.J. Boyer. [5 issues added]

The Dollar Newspaper. Philadelphia [Pa.]: A.H. Simmons, 1843.

The Ladies’ Visitor, and Drawing-room Companion. New-York [N.Y.]: Curtis and Co.

Saturday Night. Philadelphia, Pa.: Davis & Elverson, 1865. [1 issue added]

Street and Smith’s New York Weekly. New York, N.Y.: Street and Smith, 1861. [3 issues added]


Augustiniana Collection

Back, Siegfried. Von Der Liebe Verwundet: Anna Katharina Emmerick : (1774-1824). Würzburg: Augustinus-Verlag, 1955.


Early American Imprints

Greeley, Horace. New-York Daily Tribune. New-York [N.Y.]: Greeley & McElrath, 1842.

The Pennsylvanian. Philadelphia [Pa.]: Mifflin & Parry, 1832.

Relf, Samuel. Relfs Philadelphia Gazette, and Daily Advertiser. Philadelphia [Pa.]: Samuel Relf, 1803.

Skinner, Samuel Haviland., Joseph Whilden, and Ebenezer Smith Thomas. City Gazette and Commercial Daily Advertiser. Charleston [S.C.]: E.S. Thomas, 1840.


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

Blaeu, Willem Janszoon. Macedonia Epirus Et Achaia. [Amsterdam]: [Iean & Corneille Blaeu], 1640.

Laet, Joannes de. Maiores Minoresque Insulae Hispaniola, Cuba, Lucaiae Et Caribes. [Leiden]: [Joannes de Laet], 1630.

Lewis, Samuel, et al. The State of Pennsylvania: Reduced With Permission From Reading Howell’s Map. [Philadelphia]: [Mathew Carey], 1795.

Lodge, John. 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. London: Publish’d as the Act directs 30th March 1782 by J. Bew, Pater Noster Row, 1782.

Martin, David. The State of Pennsylvania: From the Latest Surveys. [New York]: Published by J. Reid, 1796.

Milton, Thomas., James Rentone, James Mynde, and Samuel Harding. A Plan of the City and Harbour of Havana: Situated On the Island of Cuba in 23d: 10m. Nth. Latitude & in 292d: 15m Longitude From the Meridian of Teneriff. [London: Sold by S. Harding … R. Amey … W .H. Toms, 1739.

Mitchell, S. Augustus 1792-1868., and W. H. Gamble. County Map of the State of Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia]: [W.H. Gamble], 1871.

Robert de Vaugondy, Didier. Carte Des Parties Nord Et Ouest De L’Amérique Dressée D’apres Les Relations Les Plus Authentiques Par M … En 1764: Nouvelle Édition Réduite. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1772.

Verdun de la Crenne, Jean René-Antoine, Jean-Charles de Borda, Alexandre Guy Pingré, and active 1775-1799 Petit. Carte Réduite D’une Partie De L’Océan Atlantique Ou Occidental… Paris, 1775.


Manuscripts Collection

Grissinger, H. R. Lot of 3 Original Illustrations for the Saturday Blade. [1923].


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


New Exhibit — “Scraps for Keeps”: Scrapbooks and Photo Albums from Distinctive Collections

Exhibit sign featuring a decorative scrapbook cover with the title.

Our latest exhibit, “Scraps for Keeps”: Scrapbooks and Photo Albums from Distinctive Collections, is now on display on the 1st floor of Falvey Library. Scrapbooks have been a popular way of saving and organizing information and memories since the 19th century. This exhibit presents a selection of some of the many types of scrapbooks and photo albums from Falvey’s Distinctive Collections. There are seven sections organized around different themes: Making of a Scrapbook, Mark Twain’s Patented Scrap Book System, Cultural Memory, Family & Friends, Travel & Tourism, On the Job, and School Days.

Photo of an upright exhibit case with two shelves filled with materials.

This exhibit was curated by me, Laura Bang (Distinctive Collections Librarian). Scrapbooks and photo albums are some of my favorite types of materials in our collections because they tell the personal stories of ordinary people. I love to page through what people took the time to save in albums and see what traces of their lives remain in what they left behind.

To hear more about my love for scrapbooks, join me for a curator’s chat on Wednesday, October 2 at 11:00am in Speakers’ Corner.

The exhibit will be on view through February 2020, and a digital version is forthcoming as well.

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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.



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.


The Shelf List, July 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.

Two-page spread of a scrapbook showing brochures of the Cunard Steamship Company.

Selection from the scrapbook of Ralph Emerson, 1883-1884.

Art Curiosa Collection

[Advertising Leaf, From a 1901-1902 Trade Catalog of A.C. McClurg & Co.]. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1901.

Banner of Light. Boston [Mass.]: L. Colby & Co.

Boyle, Edward R., Thomas Folsom Norris, and Erasmus Addison Norris. Olive Branch. Boston [Mass.]: S. Rowland Hart, 1857.

Brame, Charlotte M. Redeemed By Love. New York: F.M. Lupton.

The Centennial Record. Portland, Me.: Geo. Stinson & Co., 1876.

Chicago Ledger. Chicago [Ill.]: A.J. Boyer. [new issues added]

Franklin’s Miscellany: A Cheerful Companion for the Lovers of Literature, Natural History, and the Fine Arts, Legendary and Historical Fiction Interspersed With Facts and Scraps, Original and Select; Poetry, Bon Mots and Epigrams .. London: B.D. Cousins.

Hearth and Home. New York: Graphic Co., 1874.

Moore’s Rural New-Yorker. Rochester, N.Y.: D.D.T. Moore, 1850.

New-York Dispatch. New York [N.Y.]: [s.n.], 1854.

New-York Mercury. New York [N.Y.]: Krauth & Cauldwell.

The Philadelphia Saturday Courier. Philadelphia [Pa.]: Woodward & Clarke, 1835.

Phillips, Libbie Sprague. Ruby Gordon, Or, Back From the Grave. New York: F.B. Warner, 1909.

Portland Transcript. Portland [Me.]: Gould & Elwell, 1846.

Saturday Night. Philadelphia, Pa.: Davis & Elverson, 1865. [new issues added]

Scottish American Journal. New York [N.Y.]: A.M. Stewart & Co.

The Spirit of the Times. New York: George Wilkes, 1868.

Spirit of the Times and the New York Sportsman. New York [N.Y.]: E.A. Buck, 1892.

Star Spangled Banner. Boston [Mass.]: J. Jones.

Street & Smith’s Literary Album. New York: Street & Smith.

Sunday Dispatch. New York [N.Y.]: Amor J. Williamson, W. Burns & Watson, 1854.

[Trade Card for F. Trifet, Dealer in Scrap Book Pictures and Fancy Cards.]. Boston: F. Trifet, 25 School Street, 1880.

Veale, E., and Palmer Cox. Cock Robin: And Other Stories. [Philadelphia: Philadelphia Inquirer Company, 1896.

Veale, E., and Palmer Cox. Jack the Giant. [Philadelphia]: Hubbard Pub’g Co., 1896.


Autographed Books Collection

Cobb, Irvin S. 1876-1944., Peter Newell, and James M. Preston. Cobb’s Bill-of-fare. New York: George H. Doran, 1913.

Cobb, Irvin S. 1876-1944. Irvin S. Cobb’s Own Recipe Book. [First edition]. Louisville: Frankfort Distilleries, 1934.

Cobb, Irvin S. 1876-1944. Old Judge Priest. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1916.

Cobb, Irvin S. 1876-1944. A Plea for Old Cap Collier. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1921.

Cobb, Irvin S. 1876-1944., and Tony Sarg. “Speaking of Operations–“. 38th printing, 270th thousand. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1938.

Davis, Robert H. 1869-1942. Irvin S. Cobb, Storyteller: With Biographical Particulars and Notes On His Books and Who’s Cobb and Why? New York: George H. Doran Company, 1924.

Rinehart, Mary Roberts, and Irvin S. 1876-1944 Cobb. “Isn’t That Just Like a Man!”. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1920.


Early American Imprints

McMichael, Morton, and Robert M. Bird. North American and United States Gazette. Philadelphia, Pa.: G. Graham, 1847.


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

Lesley, J. P. 1819-1903. A Geological Hand Atlas of the Sixty-seven Counties of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Board of commissioners for the second geological survey, 1885.

Walker, Francis Amasa, and Julius Bien. Statistical Atlas of the United States: Based On Results of the Ninth Census 1870 With Contributions From Many Eminent Men of Science and Several Departments of the Government. [Washington, D.C.]: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1874.


Joseph McGarrity Collection

Realia, Irish Linen Square Celebrating “Peace 1919”.


Manuscripts Collection

Carignan, Anna., Yvonne de Nevers, Eva Berard, and Anitha Dube. Photographic Album, “Cheerful R.I. Four”, 1923.

Emerson, Ralph. Scrapbook of Ralph Emerson, 1883-1884.

Hine, Charles D., and Charles D. Hine. Mrs. Hine’s Mark Twain’s Pocket Adhesive Scrapbook. New York: Slote, Woodman & Co., 1880.

Lassie Scrapbook. 1969.

Scrapbook, Pottstown Pa (politics and News), 1897.

Scrapbook, Tailor’s Clothing Samples, 1910.

[Three Photo Albums of Circus History]. 1960.

Timothy, Walter, Jr. Photograph Collection of Walter Timothy, Jr., chiefly 1911-1918.


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


Map Quest

In my quest for “complex” items from our Distinctive Collections to add to Villanova University’s Digital Library (see: Scanning a Panoramic Sketch) I was drawn to the many beautiful hand-colored maps in The John F. Smith, III, and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. While a few unframed maps and prints were already added to the Digital Library, the majority of the collection holdings to date are custom framed and previously unscanned (See: The John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection: A Recent Addition to Special Collections). Making use of past exhibition posters, I was able to utilize the large poster boards to remove or minimize the reflective glare from the framed glass to digitally capture these wonderful and unique images.

Pair of maps depicting the surface of the moon, based upon the models of Johannes Hevelius and Giovanni Battista Riccioli.

There are currently 62 items from the collection now in our Digital Library, 35 items are currently on display at Picotte Hall at Dundale, and we are expecting another installment of items for donation from the Smiths this summer. In addition to the items in the Digital Library, Distinctive Collections Librarian Laura Bang is developing a web exhibit for the collection, featuring Mr. Smith’s personal reflections on each map. We are excited to highlight and provide access in a myriad of ways to these historic documents as part of our academic mission.

This 18th century map of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York features an elaborate cartouche showing William Penn trading with natives, local flora and fauna, and a wild turkey. This Smith map is especially fine with ornate and expert hand-coloring, compared with another example, below, in our Special Collections.



















Selections from this collection were also previously on display in Around the World: Selections from the Smith Antique Map Collection, an exhibit on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library in Spring 2018. Alongside these selections were other map and cartographic items from Special Collections, including a curious dissected map – an early precursor to the modern jigsaw puzzle! This item had also not yet been digitized, so I enlisted my colleagues to help assemble the pieces in preparation for digitizing.

Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, and Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian, practice their geography skills.  

Some of the earliest surviving dissected maps were sold in London in the 1760s by mapmaker John Spilsbury. Originally a method of teaching geography to the children of the aristocracy, puzzle maps became more accessible to a broader range of clientele as new methods of manufacturing made the process cheaper. Our example came in a wooden box, with a handwritten inscription on the bottom: “with dear Papa’s best love and wishes, December 31st 1849.”

We did it! After successfully completing the (educational and entertaining!) puzzle, here is the finished product – which you can see dissected and undissected –  in the Digital Library: Map of Asia, by James Wyld.

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The Shelf List, June 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.

A scrapbook page with an illustration of chickens affixed at the top and two newsclippings affixed below.

A page from the Mary Frances Knighton scrapbook.

Art Curiosa Collection

Bullock, Sam, and W. E. “Paddy” Krepper. Billy-boy: The Kidnapped Child. Cleveland, Ohio: Bee Key Music Co., 1909.

The Bummer Boy: A “spoony” Biography. [New York]: American News Co., 1868.

Carleton, L. C. Hickory Jack, Or, The Wild Man of the Woods. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Fletcher, Samuel. The Blazing Arrow. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Haggard, H. Rider. Allan’s Wife. New York: Hurst & Company, 1889.

Kennedy, A. E. The Three Bears. New York: Sam’l Gabriel Sons & Co., 1911.

Paine, Horace. The Boy’s Best Weekly. Cleveland: Arthur Westbrook Co., 1909.

The Railroad. New York: Charles E. Graham & Co., 1915.

Springer, J. The Forest Lodge: A Romance of Indian Life. New York: George Munro & Co., publishers, 137 William Street, 1864.

Treasure Island: (c)Fox Film Corp. New York: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Co., 1918.


Augustiniana Collection

Tonna-Barthet, Antonino. La Vita Di Gesù Nel Testo Concordato Dei Vangeli Con Riflessioni Di S. Agostino. Firenze: Tipografía Fiorenza, 1939.


Early American Imprints

Sherman, George, John Mershon, and Isaiah Thomas. New-Jersey State Gazette. Trenton, N.J.: Printed by Sherman, Mershon & Thomas, 1799. Volume I, Number 45, January 7, 1800.


Joseph McGarrity Collection

[Scrapbook, Shelbourne Hotel Dublin]. Dublin: s.n., 1930.


Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

Andrew Jackson. Hartford: D.W. Kellogg & Co., 1830.

The Great American Tanner. New York: Currier & Ives, 1868.

James G. Birney: Nominated By the Liberty Party for Eleventh President of the United States. [New York]: Lith. & Pub. by N. Currier, 2 Spruce St., 1844.

James K. Polk: Eleventh President of the United States. [Boston]: Published by F. Gleason, 1 1/2 Tremont Row, 1845.

John P. Hale: The Champion of Liberty and Free Soil. [New York]: Kellogg & Comstock, 1852.

Martin Van Buren, Eighth President of the United States, Inaugurated March 4th, 1837. [Hartford]: [D.W. Kellogg & Co.], 1837.

National Democratic Banner of Victory, 1868. [New York]: Published by Currier & Ives, 1868.

National Union Republican Banner, 1868. New York: Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., 1868.


Manuscripts Collection

Albert Ritter Scrapbook.

Brown, John. Virginia Manuscript Certificate for Wolf-scalping Bounty. Virginia: s.n., 1804.

James Hazen Hardy, Jr., Papers.

Mary Frances Knighton Scrapbook.


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


Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales

Distinctive Collections’ new exhibit on the “moral of the story”

From a treacherous trip to grandma’s house, rags to riches, escaping a witch’s oven, a trickster cat that brings good fortune—these are the tales and imagery that shape our happily ever afters and childhood. These tales seem to not fade away but inspire many generations of retellings and adaptions. While we have Charles Perrault, Madam d’Aulnoy, Hans Christian Andersen, and Grimm Brothers to thank for the dissemination of these beloved works, these tales have enduring presence in our society because the morals and lessons continue to have relevance in our culture today. Beyond the imagination of benevolent godmothers and a goose that lays golden eggs, the core conflicts, struggles, and messages of the stories remain reflective of our world. It is why fairy tale imagery is so popular beyond entertainment, but conspicuous in our everyday lives.  

Distinctive Collections invites you to explore the world of fairy tales and examine the importance of morals in the tales with the new exhibit, Happily Forever After: The Timeless Relevance of Fairy Tales. Curated by Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, and Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, the exhibit showcases a selection of fairy tales and fairy tale inspired works from Falvey Memorial Library and Special Collections. The exhibit is located on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library and open to the public throughout the summer. 


The Shelf List, May 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.

Half-length portrait of George Washington seated at a table.

Lithograph, George Washington. First President of the United States, [n.d.]

Art Curiosa Collection

Averill, Charles E. The Secret Service Ship; Or, The Fall of San Juan D’Ulloa: A Tale of the Mexican War. Boston: George W. Studley, 1898.

Continental Library. Baltimore: A.C. Meyer & Co.

Ellis, Edward Sylvester. The Boy Scouts, Or, The Hunt of the Pottawatomies. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Good Reading. New York, N.Y.: A.D. Porter, 1893.

Hamilton, W. J. Hiding Tom, Or, The Fox of the Prairie. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Hamilton, W. J. “Old Kit,” the Scout: A Tale of the Swamps. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Munro, Norman L. Old Cap. Collier Library. New York: Norman L. Munro.

The Nickel Library. Chicago: Novelist Pub.

Philadelphien. Canonizationis Beatae Catharinae Mariae Drexel Fundatricis Congregationis Sororum a SS. Sacramento Pro Indis Et Colorata Gente (1858-1955): Caso Straordinario Di Amanda Jane Wall. [S.l.: s.n.], 1997.


Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

George Washington: First President of the United States. Hartford: Lith. of F.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1840.

Grand, National, American Banner: Millard Fillmore. Andrew J. Donelson. The Americans Choice for President and Vice President From 1857 to 1861. [New York]: Lith. & pub. by N. Currier, 152 Nassau St., 1856.

James Madison: Fourth President of the United States. [Hartford: D.W. Kellogg & Co., between 1830 and 1842.]

James Madison: Fourth President of the United States. [Boston: Pendleton, ca. 1825-1828.]

James Monroe: Fifth President of the United States. [Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1840.]

John Quincy Adams: Sixth President of the United States. Hartford, Ct.: Case & Skinner, 1830.

John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States. Hartford, Ct.: D.W. Kellogg & Co., ca. 1830.

A woman and a man sitting at a table with a book between them.

Laura Bang accepting the donation of Canonizationis Beatae Catharinae Mariae Drexel from Alan Miller, MD, FACS.

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


Scanning a Panoramic Sketch




Recently added to the Digital Library is a unique item from the James D. Reap, Jr. World War II Collection. The item is a 16 ½ foot panorama sketch of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, drawn by Reap over the course of two weeks in 1945, while stationed on the USS Proteus in Tokyo Bay after the end of the war.

James Domenico Reap, Jr. was born on February 25, 1923. Originally from Berwick, PA, he attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, and the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Villanova University. Reap enlisted in the Navy in November 1943. He was assigned to the USS Proteus, a submarine tender, as a radar and communications technician. The Proteus arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base in August of 1945, where it was anchored near the USS Missouri for the formal signing of Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945.

The sketch consists of 9 separate drawings taped together to form one long panoramic view. Each drawing (except one) is dated in the lower right corner: September 20, 1945 A.M.; September 20, 1945 P.M.; September 28, 1945 P.M.; September 29, 1945 P.M.; September 30, 1945; September 30, 1945; No Date; October 2, 1945; October 4, 1945. The final sketch is signed on the verso.

In order to digitally capture such a large artifact, each section was scanned as a separate file and then manually stitched together in Adobe Photoshop. A few inches of extra overlap on the edges of each image helped to ensure a good match. Pairing the images together at the taped seams further aided in the creation of a cohesive image. Even if the item could be scanned as a single image, the resolution and quality would not be great enough. Scanning multiple images and stitching them together preserves the details and archival quality of the image.

Reap also sketched a view of Mt. Fuji, on August 29, 1945. This sketch is stored with the panoramic image in our Special Collections, but appears to be meant as a separate entity.

View of Fujiyama, Elevation 12390 Feet.

Selected items from this collection have already previously been scanned. As Distinctive Collections Coordinator, part of my job includes daily oversight and supervision of the Digitization Lab, and “complex digitization as needed.” I will be adding more complex items from this collection and others in the future. Stay tuned!

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