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Many people’s summer travel plans have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still get a taste of places near and far through our newly-launched website, Projecting the World: An Audio Tour of the John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith Antique Map Collection. This website provides a virtual tour of the Smith Antique Map Collection, pairing digital images of maps and illustrations with audio commentary from their collector, Mr. Smith. This trip also involves time travel as these materials span the 16th through the 21st centuries.

Map of the Bahamas and surrounding islands

A new chart of the Bahama Islands and the windward passage.

Set sail for the Bahamas in this beautifully colored map from 1749. Besides the islands, the map depicts the shallow areas of the Bahama Bank and the Grand Bahama Bank, which posed a danger to ships.

Map of Europe in the shape of a queen

Map of Europe as queen.

Take a flight of fancy to Europe in this image that rearranges the countries of that continent to resemble a queen. This may not be useful as a map for getting around, but it is certainly an eye-catching image!

Photo of Earth from space

The planet Earth.

You can even do some space travel in this collection! This 2004 image of the Earth from space is one example of how human spaceflight has drastically changed our perspective on our planet.

Map of Pennsylvania

A map of Pennsylvania exhibiting not only the improved parts of that Province, but also its extensive frontiers.

If you want to stay closer to home, take a road trip across this marvelous map of Pennsylvania from 1775. Watch out for the Great Swamp and the Endless Mountains!

These are just a few of the many places you can explore through Projecting the World, so be sure to visit the site for more virtual travel adventures near and far.

This project, like so many things, has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, the website currently only presents selected materials from the collection for which both an image and a recording are available. To view all of the items in the Smith Antique Map Collection, view the records in the library’s catalog.


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Let’s Take a Trip! Primary Sources on the History of Travel and Tourism

By Susan Turkel

Stuck at home and feeling antsy? You’re not alone! Humans have experienced the travel bug for a long, long time. If you’d like to experience some armchair tourism, read on to learn about digitized collections that let us travel the world—and back into history—through the magic of library and archival collections!

Travel and tourism blossomed for Americans and Europeans during the 19th century, thanks to developments in technology and increasing prosperity for many people. The Villanova community now has access to an amazing set of primary resources that document this growth in tourism: the online collection Leisure, Travel and Mass Culture: The History of Tourism, produced by Adam Matthew Digital. This resource is linked from the Library’s Databases A-Z list.

Leisure, Travel, & Mass Culture: The History of Tourism (Adam Matthew Digital) splash page

This online collection is comprised of digitized guidebooks, brochures, leaflets, travel journals, maps, and promotional films sourced from a variety of libraries and archives in the US and UK. Key themes covered include accommodation, hospitality, and entertainment; the great outdoors; health and medical travel; historical, cultural, or religious travel; package tours, cruises, and organized travel; road, rail, and air travel; urban tours and city breaks; and women and tourism.

Inspired to dip a toe into this rich collection? Start with this online tour, and then read the essay Travel Chronicles: Tourism, Memory, and the Emergence of Modern America by Anthony Stanonis, PhD, lecturer in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University, Belfast, written specifically to provide context for this resource.

The collection includes online exhibitions focusing on eyewitness travels (detailed, illustrated accounts of travel by seven different adventurers); a comparison between two iconic seaside resorts, Coney Island, N.Y., and Blackpool, England; and a detailed listing of tourism businesses and organizations that are mentioned throughout the resource.

You might also want to visit the image gallery which allows browsing and searching of photographs, illustrations, and maps, indexed by key themes. Another useful feature is the interactive world map, which allows you to find documents by clicking through locations on a spinning globe.

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Can’t get enough of these historical travel materials? Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections holds a wide array of materials documenting travel and tourism, including hundreds of items that have been scanned and made available to the public via our Digital Library! Here are three online exhibits that feature such treasures.

Are We There Yet? exhibit sign

Are We There Yet? Travel, Tourism and Exploration is a digital exhibit that highlights many interesting items. This exhibit was co-curated by Kayla Van Osten (Digital Library Intern, Spring 2016) and Laura Bang (Distinctive Collections Librarian), with graphics by Joanne Quinn (Director of Communication and Marketing). It features narrative essays, images, and links to scanned documents on such diverse themes as modes of travel, guidebooks & travel narratives, around the world, religious travel, and imaginary travel.

Exhibit sign featuring a decorative scrapbook cover with the title.

Scraps for Keeps exhibit sign

You’ll also find travel memorabilia in our recent scrapbook exhibition, Scraps for Keeps: Scrapbooks and Photo Albums from Distinctive Collections, which was also curated by Laura Bang with graphics by Joanne Quinn. This exhibit includes scrapbooks and photo albums produced during the 19th and 20th centuries by people in the US and western Europe. The section on Travel & Tourism includes images of scrapbook pages highlighting postcards, photos, and colorful receipts collected during memorable trips. To find more scrapbooks that have been digitized by Falvey’s Special Collections team, try a keyword search in the Digital Library for scrapbook or album.

Finally, our digital exhibition Rambles, Sketches, Tours: Travellers & Tourism in Ireland, again curated by Laura Bang with graphics by Joanne Quinn, “highlights Irish travel narratives and related materials, primarily from the Joseph McGarrity Collection, in Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections. The site is broken into sections that highlight the methods of travel to and within Ireland, the motives of some of the most influential and popular writers, and the development of the tourism industry. In addition, there are five sections that look at some of the most popular travel destinations.”

In addition to these online exhibitions, you may wish to browse all of our Digital Library offerings with the subject label “Description and travel.” Highlights include a recently transcribed manuscript, Tour of Spain, 1896, in which the traveler provides a firsthand description of political unrest in Spain as well as observations about Spanish customs, architecture, and ancient Moorish ruins. This travel journal also includes hand-drawn route maps and ink sketches.

Enjoy your trip!


Susan Turkel is a Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. When this is all over, she hopes to travel to Italy.

 

 


 


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New digital mini exhibit highlighting women’s suffrage materials

Header for a special supplement on women’s suffrage in the May 1, 1915 issue of the Ardmore Chronicle.

In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we’ve created a digital mini exhibit featuring some of our women’s suffrage materials from Falvey’s Distinctive Collections.

We have two items from the National American Woman Suffrage Association — the published proceedings of their 25th annual convention in 1893 and a program for the 48th annual convention in 1916.

Program, Forty-eighth Annual Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, New Nixon Theatre, Thursday, Sept. 7, 1916.

Beyond that, we have several articles and advertisements from national and local print media outlets from the early 20th century.

Anderson, James. “The Forty-Year Fight for Suffrage.” Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, 20 Jul. 1918, pp. 87, 89.

 

Advertisement for Shredded Wheat. The Fra: A Journal of Affirmation, Jul. 1913, rear cover.

These materials were originally pulled for a pop-up exhibit to complement the Lepage Center’s “Revising History: Women’s Suffrage” panel discussion that had to be canceled this month. We are thrilled that we can still share these materials digitally.

View our women’s suffrage mini exhibit online here.


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The Shelf List, February 2020

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.

Selection from Happiness: Thoughts of great minds concerning true happiness.

Art Curiosa Collection

Baedeker, Karl. Palestine and Syria With the Chief Routes Through Mesopotamia and Babylonia: Handbook for Travellers. 4th ed., remodelled and augm. Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1906.

Carleton, L. C. Bullet Head, Or, The Indian Trailer. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Carleton, L. C. Turkey-Foot, Or, The Chief’s Revenge. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Chisholm Is Tops for America. 1972.

Coys, Michael. [Shirley Chisholm At South Miami Jr. Dade College, February 24, 1972]. 1972.

Hooght, Everardus van der, Henry Jacob, and Judah d’ Allemand. Sefer ʻEśrim Ṿe-ʼarbaʻah =: Biblia Hebraica : Versibus, Capitibus Et Sectionibus Interstincta ; Notisque Masoretarum Keri Et Chetib, Instructa ; Ad Editionem Hooghtianam Accuratissime Adornata. Londini: Typis et sumptibus Samuelis Bagster, 1823.

Lamorie, Louis. The Death Rangers: A Tale of the Tankawana Valley in 1730. Cleveland, Ohio: The Arthur Westbrook Company, 1909.

Marryat, Frederick. The Sea King: By Captain Marryat. New York: F.M. Lupton, 1893.

The Story of Robin Hood. [New York]: McLoughlin Bro’s New York., 1889.

 

Early American Imprints

Merzbacher, Leo. Seder Tefilah: The Order of Prayer for Divine Service. New York: Thalmessinger & Cahn…, 1864.

 

James Wheeler Collection

Adams, Harry. Beyond the Barrier With Byrd: An Authentic Story of the Byrd Antarctic Exploring Expedition. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, 1932.

Amundsen, Roald. Roald Amundsen–my Life As an Explorer. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927.

Amundsen, Roald. The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram,” 1910-1912. London : New York: John Murray ; Lee Keedick…, 1925.

Amundsen, Roald, and Geir O. Kløver. The South Pole Expedition, 1910-1912. 1. edition june 2010. Oslo: The Fram Museum, 2010.

Bellinsgauzen, Faddeĭ Faddeevich, and Frank Debenham. The Voyage of Captain Bellingshausen to the Antarctic Seas 1819-1821: Translated From the Russian. London: Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1945.

Bull, H. J. The Cruise of the “Antarctic” to the South Polar Regions. London ; New York: Edward Arnold, 1896.

Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Alone. New York: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1938. [2nd copy added]

Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Discovery: The Story of the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1935.

Byrd, Richard Evelyn, and Laurence McKinley Gould. Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic, the Flight to the South Pole. New York ; London: G.P. Putnam’s sons, 1930.

Cherry-Garrard, Apsley, Robert Falcon Scott, and Edward Wilson. The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic, 1910-1913. Constable & Co.: London, 1922.

Cook, Frederick Albert. Through the First Antarctic Night, 1898-1899: A Narrative of the Voyage of the “Belgica” Among Newly Discovered Lands and Over an Unknown Sea About the South Pole. New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1900.

Gould, Laurence McKinley. Cold: The Record of an Antarctic Sledge Journey. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1931.

Henry, Thomas R. The White Continent: The Story of Antarctica. New York: William Sloane Associates, 1950.

Mawson, Douglas. The Home of the Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914. Philadelphia : London: J.B. Lippincott Company ; William Heinemann, 1914.

Mill, Hugh Robert. The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, C.V.O., O.B.E.(Mil.), LL.D. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1923.

Nordenskjöld, Otto, and Johan Gunnar Andersson. Antarctica: Or, Two Years Amongst the Ice of the South Pole. London: Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1905.

O’Brien, Jack, Richard Rodgers, and Ben Stahl. By Dog Sled for Byrd: 1600 Miles Across Antarctic Ice. Chicago: Thomas S. Rockwell Company, 1931.

Scholes, William Arthur. Fourteen Men: The Story of the Antarctic Expedition to Heard Island. First edition. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1952.

Scott, Robert Falcon, and Edward Wilson. The Voyage of the ‘Discovery’ By Robert Falcon Scott: With 260 Full-page and Smaller Illustrations By Dr. E.A. Wilson and Other Members of the Expedition, Photogravure Frontispieces, 12 Coloured Plates in Facsimile From Dr. Wilson’s Sketches, Panoramas and Maps. In Two Volumes. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1905.

 

Lewis Becker Collection

Happiness: Thoughts of Great Minds Concerning True Happiness. London : New York: Ernest Nister ; E.P. Dutton & Co., 1900.

Journal of the American Irish Historical Society. New York, NY: American Irish Historical Society, 1898.

 

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Antarctic Adventures

“Antarctica is a world of colour, brilliant and intensely pure. The chaste whiteness of the snow and the velvet blackness of the rocks belong to days of snowy nimbus enshrouding the horizon. When the sky has broken into cloudlets of fleece, their edges are painted pale orange, fading or richly glowing if the sun is low. In the high sun they are rainbow-rimmed.”

—Sir Douglas Mawson, The Home of the Blizzard: Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, vol. 1, p. 172.

“Antarctica is a world of colour…” from Sir Douglas Mawson’s Home of the Blizzard, v. 1.

I recently finished cataloguing a collection of books about Antarctic exploration that were donated by James Wheeler, M.D, at the end of last year. We are excited to receive this collection, both because we have many books and maps about travel and exploration in our existing collections (including a few on Antarctica and more on the Arctic region) and because of the importance of the history of the polar regions as they undergo rapid changes due to climate change.

“The ‘Endurance’ Crushed to Death by the Icepacks of the Weddell Seas” from Argonauts of the South by Captain Frank Hurley.

The collection largely focuses on the “Heroic Age” of Antarctic exploration, a designation for the time period spanning the final years of the 19th century through the first two decades of the 20th century, roughly 1895 to 1922 (exact dates are disputed among scholars). [1] This era includes the expeditions led by Roald Amundsen, Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and others. John Stewart notes in Antarctica: An Encyclopedia, “It was the Edwardian era, when the gentleman was role model, and nobility and purity of spirit were applied to exploration and captured the attention of the civilized world.” This attitude is certainly evident in the memoirs and early biographies of these expeditions and their leaders, before scholars in the later 20th century began taking a more critical look at some of these heroes. [2]

The James Wheeler Collection contains several signatures of Antarctic explorers, adding a personal touch to these histories. Shown above, top to bottom: Ernest Shackleton, R.F. Scott, R.E. Byrd, and Roald Amundsen.

Other books document the years before and after the Heroic Age. On the earlier end, these include descriptions of James Cook’s second voyage from 1772-1775, in which he was commissioned to find out whether the hypothesized “Terra Australis” (“South Land”) existed, and the voyages of James Weddell in the 1820s. Later explorations include those of Charles Neider, who traveled to Antarctica three times in the 1970s (and also edited numerous editions of Mark Twain’s work), and the 1950s expedition of Vivian Fuchs and Edmund Hillary, the first successful overland crossing of the continent via the South Pole. Also included in the collection are annotated editions of explorers’ journals and scholarly references on the history of Antarctic exploration. You can browse all of the Antarctic titles in the James Wheeler Collection in the library’s catalog.

Polus Antarcticus, a 1645 map of “Terra Australis Incognita” (the then uncertain southern continent) from the Smith Antique Map Collection.

The books on Antarctic exploration represent only the first part of Dr. Wheeler’s donation. He is also donating more books on Arctic exploration, which I will begin cataloguing soon, so stay tuned for more adventures in the cold and icy regions at the top of our planet!

If you would like to see these Antarctic treasures, request an appointment with the Rare Book Room staff. We welcome scholars as well as those who are just curious about history. These materials are not stored in the Rare Book Room, so we do require advance notice in order to have them ready for visitors.

“McMurdo Sound” from Sir Douglas Mawson’s Home of the Blizzard, v. 2.

[1] The term “heroic age” or “heroic era” was not used by contemporaries of that time period, but instead was coined later in the 20th century.
“Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.” Wikipedia. Accessed 12 Feb. 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroic_Age_of_Antarctic_Exploration

[2] This is especially evident in the legacies of Scott and Shackleton.
“Ernest Shackleton. Legacy.” Wikipedia. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton#Legacy
“Robert Falcon Scott. Reputation.” Wikipedia. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Falcon_Scott#Reputation


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#ColorOurCollections 2020!

This year’s #ColorOurCollections campaign runs from February 3 through 7.

This week marks the return of #ColorOurCollections, a social media campaign that presents coloring pages adapted from the collections of cultural heritage institutions from around the world. This year we have a new coloring book featuring images of women and a couple women’s suffrage illustrations in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. You can find all our coloring pages from years past in the Digital Library.

Coloring pages and colored pencils.

We’re ready to color!

If you color any of our images, be sure to share your masterpieces on social media using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and tag us so we don’t miss it! You can find us on Twitter @VillanovaDigLib or on Facebook.

Follow the hashtag across social media or check out the website hub (hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine) to find more coloring pages from cultural heritage institutions around the world!

Happy coloring! 🖍️🎨🙂


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The Shelf List, January 2020

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 1920 edition of South, signed by Ernest Shackleton.

Art Curiosa Collection

Boston Weekly Magazine. Boston: D.H. Ela and J.B. Hall, 1838.

Brame, Charlotte M. The Belle of Lynn, or The Miller’s Daughter. New York: F.M. Lupton, 1893.

Catalogue of Frank Tousey’s Popular Music. New York: Frank Tousey’s Publishing House, 1890.

Dennie, Joseph. The Port Folio. Philadelphia: William Fry, 1801.

The Five Cent Comic Library. New York: Frank Tousey.

Fonblanque, Albany, John Forster, and Leigh Hunt. The Examiner: A Sunday Paper On Politics, Domestic Economy, and Theatricals. London: Hunt, 1808.

The Independent. New York, Boston: S.W. Benedict; 1848-1924; the Independent Publications, 1924-1928.

The Novelette. Boston: G.W. Studley, 1897.

Scott, Walter. The Black Dwarf. New York: F.M. Lupton, 1893.

The Scranton Republican. Scranton, Pa.: [s.n.].

 

Early American Imprints

The Balance and Columbian Repository. Hudson, N.Y.: E. Sampson, G. Chittenden, and H. Croswell, 1802.

The New England Farmer. Boston: Thomas W. Shepard, 1822.

 

James Wheeler Collection

Bullen, Frank Thomas. The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1923.

Cook, James, and J. C. Beaglehole. The Journals of Captain James Cook On His Voyages of Discovery. Cambridge: Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, 1967.

Cook, James. A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World. Performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1777.

Davis, John King. With the “Aurora” in the Antarctic, 1911-1914. London: Andrew Melrose, Ltd., 1919.

Fuchs, Vivian. The Crossing of Antarctica: The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958. First American edition. Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1958.

Giæver, John., et al. The White Desert: The Official Account of the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition. London: Chatto & Windus, 1954.

Gwynn, Stephen. Captain Scott. Crown 8vo edition. London: John Lane the Bodley Head Ltd., 1932.

Headland, Robert. Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions and Related Historical Events. Cambridge [England] ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Hurley, Frank. Argonauts of the South: Being a Narrative of Voyagings and Polar Seas and Adventures in the Antarctic With Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton, With 75 Illustrations and Maps. New York; London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1925.

Jones, A. G. E. Antarctica Observed: Who Discovered the Antarctic Continent? Whitby, Yorkshire, England: Caedmon of Whitby, 1982.

Macdonald, William Arthur. A Farewell to Commander Byrd. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1929.

Marret, Mario, and Edward Fitzgerald. Seven Men Among the Penguins: An Antarctic Venture. First American edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1955.

Migot, André, and K. C. Jordan. Thin Edge of the World. Boston ; Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1956.

Mountevans, Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans. South With Scott. London ; Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1920.

Mountevans, Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans. South With Scott. New and revised edition, 1948. London ; Glasgow: Collins, 1948.

Neider, Charles. Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica; a Personal and Historical Narrative; Illustrated With Maps, Black-and-white Photographs, and With Thirty-three Color Photographs By the Author. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974.

Ommanney, F. D. South Latitude. London, New York, Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co., 1938.

Poynter, C.W. -1878., and R.J Campbell. The Discovery of the South Shetland Islands: The Voyages of the Brig Williams 1819-1820 As Recorded in Contemporary Documents and the Journal of Midshipman C. W. Poynter. London: The Hakluyt Society, 2000.

Scott, Robert Falcon, Leonard Huxley, Edward Wilson, and Herbert George Ponting. Scott’s Last Expedition in Two Volumes: Vol. I. Being the Journals of Captain R.F. Scott, R.N., C.V.O. Vol II. Being the Reports of the Journeys and the Scientific Work Undertaken By Dr. E.A. Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913.

Shackleton, Ernest Henry. South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914-1917. London: William Heinemann, 1920.

Shackleton, Ernest Henry, Hugh Robert Mill, and T. W. Edgeworth 1858-1934 David. The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1909.

Weddell, James. A Voyage Towards the South Pole, Performed in the Years 1822-24: Containing an Examination of the Antarctic Sea, to the Seventy-fourth Degree of Latitude: And a Visit to Tierra Del Fuego, With a Particular Account of the Inhabitants; to Which Is Added, Much Useful Information On the Coasting Navigation of Cape Horn, and the Adjacent Lands, With Charts of Harbours &c. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.

Wilson, Edward, and Ann Savours. Diary of the Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic Regions, 1901-1904. London: Blandford Press, 1966.

 

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The Shelf List, December 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.

[Home Rule] / Published by Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1882.

Art Curiosa Collection

Helmbold, George. The Tickler. Philadelphia [Pa.]: G. Helmbold, 1807.

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

The Novel Mart. Baltimore, Md.: Robert Burns.

The Sunday School Advocate. New York: Published for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church by G. Lane & L. Scott.

Sunday Times & Noah’s Weekly Messenger. New York [N.Y.]: F.A. Bonnard.

 

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

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte De L’isle De La Grenade, Pour Servir À L’histoire Générale Des Voyages. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1758.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte De L’isle De Sainte Lucie: Pour Servir À L’Histoire Générale Des Voyages. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1758.

Bellin, Jacques Nicolas. Carte Des Isles Des Vierges. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1764.

Blome, Richard, Francis Lamb, and Nicolas Sanson. A General Mapp of the Kingdom of Spaine. London: Richard Blome, 1670.

Bonne, Rigobert, and Pietro Scattaglia. Isle De La Martinique: Isles De La Guadeloupe, De Marie, Galante, De La Désirade, Et Celles Des Saintes. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1771.

Braun, Georg, and Frans Hogenberg. Santander. [Cologne]: [s.n.], 1620.

Cantelli, Giacomo. Penisola Dell India Di Qua Dal Gange: Et Isole Intorno Ad Essa Adiacenti, Descritta, Et Accresciuta Di Nuoue, E Uarie Notizie. Rome: Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola, 1683.

A Chart of North and South America: Including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, With the Nearest Coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia. London: Robt. Sayer and J. Bennett, 1775.

Entick, John. A New & Accurate Map of the Seat of the Late War in the West Indies: With a Plan of the City and Harbour of Havannah. [London?]: [Edward and Charles Dilly?], 1763.

Jefferys, Thomas. Grenada Divided Into Its Parishes. London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794.

Jefferys, Thomas. A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of New England: Containing the Provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, With the Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island, Divided Into Counties and Townships: The Whole Composed From Actual Surveys and Its Situation Adjusted By Astronomical Observations. [Northern Section]. [London]: [Sayer and Bennett], 1776.

Mitchell, S. Augustus and W. H. Gamble. County Map of the State of Pennsylvania: With Inset Maps of Harrisburg, Williamsport, Erie, and Scranton. [Philadelphia]: [W.H. Gamble], 1873.

Pennsylvania From Space. Rockville, Md.: M-Sat, 1998.

Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles, and C. Haussard. Partie De L’Amerique Septentrionale: Qui Comprend Le Cours De L’Ohio, La Nlle. Angleterre, La Nlle York, Le New Jersey, La Pensylvanie, Le Maryland, La Virginie, La Caroline. [Paris]: [s.n.], 1755.

Sanson, Nicolas. Brtiannicæ [sic] Insulæ: In Quibus Albium Sive Britannia Maior Iuernia Sive Britannia Minor Tum Et Orcades, Ebudes, Ca’ssiterides. A Paris: Chez M. Tavernier graveur & imprimeur du Roy pour les cartes geographiques et aut[r]es tailles douces et a present chez Pierre Mariette, rue St. Iacques a l’Esperance, Avec privillege du Roy, 1641.

The United States and Its New Possessions: Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hawaii, Philippine Islands, and Alaska, With General Maps of Europe, Asia, Africa and Pan-America. Boston: Published by the National Publishing Company, 1900.

Wells, J. Phelps & Ensign’s Travellers’ Guide and Map of the United States: Containing the Roads, Distances, Steam Boat and Canal Routes &c. New York: T. & E.H. Ensign, 1844.

 

Maps, Images, and Graphics Collection

[Home Rule]. London: Published Thos. Agnew & Sons, 1882.

 

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Coming soon to a public domain near you!

A fun thing to do on New Year’s Day (after a good night’s rest…! 🥳😄) is to see what new stuff is now freely available in the public domain! 2019 saw the first batch of new stuff to enter the U.S. public domain in over 20 years and I’m excited to see more stuff entering the public domain in 2020. On January 1, 2020, most* works published in the U.S. in 1924 will enter the public domain.

If you are not a copyright nerd and/or public domain enthusiast, the public domain is made up of works (books, movies, music, etc.) that are not protected by copyright or other intellectual property laws and are therefore free for anyone to use or reuse. This means that you can build upon these freely available works to create new works. For example, Disney has made tons of movies based on materials in the public domain, especially fairy tales. (On the flip side, Disney has also been heavily involved in lobbying for copyright extensions to make sure that their works are protected for as long as possible.)

Lifehacker has noted a few of the highlights from 1924 that will be entering the public domain, including the Buster Keaton silent movie Sherlock Jr., George Gershwin’s musical score for Rhapsody in Blue, and Agatha Christie’s book Poirot Investigates. Here in Falvey’s Distinctive Collections, we’ve got 93 books in our catalog that will potentially be entering the public domain next year. We’ve always got a lot in our scanning queue, but we’ll make sure to get a few shorter issues of 1924 popular literature periodicals up in early January to celebrate their entry into the public domain!

*U.S. Copyright law is complicated, so you should always double-check the status of works! In particular, audio recordings are governed by an entirely separate set of copyright laws.

Bake a cake to celebrate new stuff in the public domain! This issue of The People’s Home Journal entered the public domain this year. The People’s Home Journal, v. XXXVIII, no. 4, April, 1923.

Further Reading:

Bacon, Thomas. “Characters That Should Be Public Domain (If It Wasn’t For Disney).” ScreenRant. 25 August 2019.

Middleton, Theodora. “Do bad things happen when works enter the Public Domain?” Open Knowledge Foundation Blog. 8 October 2012.

Redmond, Sean. “U.S. Copyright History 1923–1964.” The New York Public Library. 31 May 2019.

“Why the Public Domain Matters.” Duke University School of Law, Center for the Study of the Public Domain. 2019.

And finally, if you’ll be in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 2020, you can attend a Public Domain Day party hosted at the American University Washington College of Law.


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WWI at Sea

We recently digitized the Photograph collection of Walter Timothy, Jr., an African American from Philadelphia who served in the United States Navy from 1911 to 1919. The collection consists of photos mainly from Timothy’s years in the Navy, but includes a few earlier photos as well.

Walter Timothy, Jr., was born on November 12, 1894 to Walter Timothy, Sr., and Rosa Timothy. The collection includes 2 photos of Timothy Jr. as a 16-month-old toddler. A few other uncaptioned portraits may depict family members.

The bulk of the photos document Timothy’s time as an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy. Timothy enlisted in April 1911 and was honorably discharged in February 1919. While in the Navy, he served as a mess attendant and cook on several different ships. (The U.S. armed services were racially segregated until the latter half of the 20th century, with African Americans often relegated to support roles, such as stewards and mess workers.) The ships on which Timothy served were primarily assigned to convoy duties.

Photos of Navy life include several of Timothy’s shipmates, some in silly poses. There are also numerous photos of different kinds of ships, including several in “dazzle camouflage,” a technique in which ships were painted in bold geometric patterns in order to make them more difficult targets. Airships, airplanes, and submarines are depicted a few times as well. There are also a few photos of shipboard pets or mascots, including a cat, a dog, and a goat.

After the war, Timothy worked as a letter carrier. He married Laura Christine Ford in the 1920s and they do not appear to have had any children. Timothy died in May 1985.

Further reading:

A Short History on Segregation in the Navy: From the War of 1812 through World War II, U.S. Naval Institute blog, February 26, 2019. https://www.navalhistory.org/2019/02/26/a-short-history-on-segregation-in-the-navy-from-the-war-of-1812-through-world-war-ii

General Mess Manual and Cook Book, U.S. Navy, 1902. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/g/general-mess-manual-and-cook-book.html


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