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August 21, 2017 – “And So, The Journey Begins”

This is the post excerpt.

Hello, everyone!

I am Steven Trelstad, a graduate student at the University Central of Florida who is starting his journey toward a Master’s Degree specialized in Public History. This fall is my first semester is the first step in that journey and among the classes I am taking is an internship at  the University of Central Florida’s Library Special Collections and University Archives. Though this blog is part of the assignments for the class, I hope to make it enjoyable and educational as best as I can. Disclaimer: the opinions of this blog are strictly my own and may or may not share those at the University of Central Florida.

The first week of classes begins and I met with Senior Archivist Mary Rubin who will be supervising me during my internship at the moment. It was decided during my interview for my internship that I one of my projects would be handling a collection belonging to UCF Hall of Famer Michael O’Shaughnessy (http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/6/13/genrel-oshaughnessy-michael00-html.aspx). But, before I began my tasks, I was given more of a tour that was not covered in the one following my interview.

I was shown where the gloves were (note: the need to find the right size is critical) as well as the other supplies like folders, sleeves, and the like were as well as other procedures. We took the elevator to the first floor, a place a became very familiar with as an undergraduate. Ms. Rubin took me to a room I never knew was there, but it made sense for it to exist. Here we gathered O’Shaughnessy Collection boxes, put them on an empty cart and went back to the 5th floor.

Before working on the boxes and the contents inside, Ms. Rubin had me log on to a computer and show me the website and its directories (http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/). She explained at some point, I’ll be helping code the website. That’ll be interesting.

I then was left to sort the boxes. I mostly spent my time working through box 3. Checking if staples were on the documents, removing folders and inserting sleeves, clipping documents together, and sorting the contents (wearing gloves of course). I concluded Mr. O’Shaughnessy was busy man after sorting through his ticket stubs. I also took a look at his game plans against other teams like Albany. I thought “What would anyone from those teams back in the day give to see these?” The buttons Mr. O’Shaughnessy collected gave Ms. Rubin a laugh. I love this.

Ms. Rubin took a break fifteen minutes before I left, so I did not see her. I am very grateful for her allowing me this opportunity and hopefully it remains a positive one. That’s all for now. I’ll post about tomorrow, so keep your eye open!

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December 21, 2019 – Final Entry

Hello, everyone!

Well, this is it. My journey from intern to volunteer to employee of the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives has come to a close. Before the final adieus, I believe I should give the final updates regarding the projects I worked on.

As I previously noted in the previous post, I worked on the Alice Lossing Rountree Seminole County District No. 1 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes Collection. Since the last post, I completed processing and editing the finding aid in similar timing as my own collection. Both are now available online:

Steven Craig Trelstad Olustee Battlefield Research Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. https://scua.library.ucf.edu/repositories/4/resources/215

Alice Lossing Rountree Collection of Seminole County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Minutes, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. https://scua.library.ucf.edu/repositories/4/resources/214

Speaking of my collection, I found out my thesis was recently uploaded to the University of Central Florida’s Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship (STARS) Theses and Dissertation repository. Once I found out, I emailed Mr. Ogreten the link and he added it to the Related Material section of my collection. As for the thesis itself, the link is provided in the following citation:

Trelstad, Steven, “Civil War Memory and the Preservation of the Olustee Battlefield” (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 6739.
https://stars.library.ucf.edu/etd/6739

I am quite proud of my thesis and how it can be used as a resource for future scholars (as well as my collection). As for the event that culminated at the end of my academic journey with my thesis, the graduation ceremony went well and I ran into Scott Galloway (one of the undergraduate interns) while waiting for pictures. Unfortunately, we did not speak for long as we had to be shuffled into our waiting areas. Unlike when I was an undergraduate, I had to stand in a designated spot in the arena hallways. The only con about the experience.

As for my final duties at the archives, Mr. Ogreten assigned me the Phyllis J. Hudson Collection:

Phyllis Hudson Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. https://scua.library.ucf.edu/repositories/4/resources/124

Originally, my job simply revolved around making sure the folders were labeled correctly to the current standards, barcoding the boxes, and marking the box lids. As I sifted through the folders of the collection, I made a horrifying discovery. Despite the Processing Information stating the collection as processed, the only real work done on the collection was rehousing it and labeling the folders. Everything else needed dire attention.

Nearly every folder held material that needed staples removed. Several publications needed not only staples removed, but also replaced with string to hold them together (a project for a student looking to learn how to be a book conservator like Chris Saclolo). In addition, the finding aid did not itemize the contents of the fifth box in the collection (mostly memorabilia). Needless to say,  this simple task turned into a greater challenge than anticipated. I took this challenge head-on and eventually completed my duties.

As of now, the finding aid is not updated with the additions and edits I made. Hopefully, Mr. Ogreten can update the finding early next year.  The stringing portion needs Chris Saclolo’s expertise (or an intern working in that field), so I made sure I marked how many documents (if any) needed this special care.

My last day proved to be an accumulation of my entire experience at the archives. The first two hours dealt with cleaning the fifth-floor study room (since it will not be cleaned until the 2020 spring semester starts) and shelving books. Nothing too serious except the gum I needed to remove from the bottom of desks was unusually high. As for shelving, books accumulated on the shelving cart throughout the week (whoever was in charge of shelving beside me didn’t fulfill their responsibility).  Both tasks took time to complete.

Afterward, I finished proofreading the coding for the finding aid of the Phyllis J. Hudson Collection and informed Mr. Ogreten. Mr. Ogreten thanked me and we went into the stacks to figure something for me to do for the day. Eventually, he settled with me working the Stephen Danks Lodwick Collection.

Stephen Danks Lodwick was a theme park ride designer and the collection houses original artwork and concept designs for parks such as Walt Disney World, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, and Paramount Parks. My simple task was to review the collection start updating the collection like I did with the Hudson Collection. As the collection contains six boxes and one flat file, I doubted my chances of completing all of the objectives in time. Still, I gave it a shot.

Twenty-five folders into the first box, I ran into a problem: a folder was missing. After informing Mr. Ogreten of this dilemma, he told me to stop numbering the folders and review the entire collection. Aside from a few instances, that was what I did for the rest of the day. The results perplexed me.

Admittedly, I did not get to review the flat file before the end of the day. The rest of the collection needs help. A couple of files are missing (unless they are found in the flat file),  several documents and publications need folders for storing (Mr. Ogreten said he might give the publications to a different department to set them outside of the main collection), the numbering in the finding aid was off anyways. Truly a mess. I pity the intern who will work on the collection in the future.

Apart from my tasks, there was one responsibility that required the mobilization of the entire department. Every year, the library departments give turns cleaning the staff lounge. The Special Collections and University Archives have three spots in the rotation: April, August, and December. All of us went to the lounge and cleaned all of the tables, shelves, the refrigerator, the toaster, the microwaves, etc. With all of us together, the process lasted only 20 minutes.

The other notable thing that happened during the course of the day was my farewell party. Mr. Benjamin made some chocolate brownies, one small patch with bits of orange and another with ginger and hints of cayenne (the chocolate itself seemed to cancel out the cayenne’s bite, though). Other food included bottles of Sprite, orange soda, sweet tea, lemonade, Sour Cream and Onion flavored Lays Chips, and two pizzas (one with chicken, the other was a veggie supreme). I was given a wonderful card by the staff as well as some gifts like a big mug. Most of our conversation revolved around our plans for the holidays, which was fun. I’ll miss such moments.

I should note that my former compatriot Courtney Toelle came to visit everyone the day before. It was nice seeing and it seems she is very busy studying at an art school (I think) in Cinncinati, Ohio. She was planning to go to Jacksonville, Florida, to visit her family for the holidays after she finished visiting us. I wish her the best in her endeavors.

By 4:00 PM, my final departure came. I said my farewells to the remaining staff, who in return told me that they enjoyed my time with me and complimented my work ethics. Mr. Ogreten and Ms. Rubin, in particular, were proud of me and wished me well for my future successes. As I began walking out the door, I said my final goodbye to everyone. After walking out of the halls of the John C. Hitt library, I stood in front of Millican Hall and took a picture of the library as a final token. My last day at the campus ended with a lonely walk to the parking garage.

For those reading this post, this blog was only supposed to an assignment for my internship during the 2017 Fall semester. I expanded it into when I became a volunteer and, finally, as an employee. With the conclusion of my time as a UCF graduate student and employee at the archives, this blog’s purpose is done. I apologize for not always being timely with my posts and my focus on my thesis neglected this blog, but I did my best to incorporate much of my experience as possible.

That being said, I thank any reader who has read this blog (or will read it). I hope I not only informed readers about the archival process, but also entertained them. But, now is the time I say my final farewell to the readers. Thank you and stay safe. Bye!

 

December 10, 2019 – “It’s Closing Time”

Hello, everyone!

My apologies for not making an update sooner in regard to my activities at the archives. With my thesis defended and my graduation imminent, the time to make a crucial update seemed appropriate. Since the last post, I completed processing the Home Movie Archive and nearly finished two new collections. Also, I signed my resignation form.

On November 27, 2019, I walked into the office and the archive staff presented a resignation form for me to fill. The main reason why I am being let go is simply that I will no longer be a student at the University of Central Florida (I am graduating on December 13, 2019) and thus my position would be invalid. My last day as an employee is scheduled to be December 20, 2019.

Nothing about my past conduct had any bearing on this decision; in fact, just the opposite. Last Friday, Mr. Ogreten treated me to lunch in appreciation of all the work I have done. As per tradition, there will be a party for me on my last day as well. Even if I were to stay, I found out that budget cuts awaited next year and I would have been working less anyway. So, this was a good time as any for this happen.

As for actual archive work, I finished processing the UCF Home Movie Archive. That means I labeled over 300 film canisters, the box holding materials for public access, and created a flat file for the posters from the UCF Film Department’s Home Movie Day. As previously stated, the collection originated from these events as various donors brought old 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film reels to share with people. With the meticulous construction of the finding aid for the collection, this massive beast of a collection is almost set. My last act for this collection was labeling the 56 administration folders for the collection (with a few mishaps with the typewriter along the way).

While Mr. Ogreten faces the inevitable of entering and scanning over 300 reels to be placed into the ARCH, my next assignment was very personal to me. After completing my thesis, I thought I would go above and beyond by donating my research materials to the University of Central Florida Special Collections and University Archives. I’ve heard of historians hoarding their research materials, so I did not want to be that selfish. I wanted future researchers to be able to view the same materials.

After getting approval from Mr. Benjamin, I signed the donation paperwork. Afterward, I started processing my own collection: the Steven Craig Trelstad Olustee Battlefield Research Papers. The collection holds an itinerary from the 2010 Battle of Olustee reenactment, 3 publications, and several documents written by Osceola National Forest Service Archaeologist/Historian Christopher M. Lydick. After labeling nine folders and placing the contents inside them, my collection found residence inside a quarter-sized legal box and I finished coding the finding aid.

After reporting to Mr. Ogreten of my progress, he assigned another short collection for me to process. This collection, the Alice Rountree Seminole County District No. 1 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, proved very interesting. As secretary for the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Rountree recorded typed or handwritten meeting minutes for thirty years and her son donated minutes from the meetings from 1948 to 1950 and 1953. I kept in mind that these meetings occurred in the midst of Jim Crow and school segregation was very much an institutionalized policy. Appointments to offices such as Supervisor of Negro Schools occasionally appeared with principal appointments.

Nevertheless, I itemized the collection into five folders (one for each year) and created the finding aid. When I finished, Mr. Ogreten gave very little feedback with corrections (a good sign). Unfortunately, the day ended before I could finish labeling the boxes for both my collection and the Rountree collection. I plan on completing this task as soon as my next day in the office.

In conclusion, my days at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archive are almost over. Friday, December 13, 2019, will be my graduation date, so I will not be in the office. In the short time I have left, I completed three collections so far (Mr. Ogreten will try keeping me busy until the end). Yet, the next post in this blog will most likely be my last. Until then, enjoy the next two weeks and stay safe! Bye!

 

September 8, 2019 – Return from Hiatus Update

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I apologize for the long hiatus. My life took some interesting turns since my last post, including a ten-day road trip through Texas. However, I am pleased to report that I am still employed at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives (as well as working on my thesis for my Master’s Degree in Public History). A lot of events happened in the span of approximately two months, so I am attempting to summarize from I remember within that time frame.

For my progress on the Home Movie Collection, I am currently writing descriptions and summarizing the various series within the collection, listed from donor to donor. The collection houses fifty-four different series of donated films. Altogether, the guide I have updated is approximately 340 pages in length. Currently, my summaries and descriptions have reached the midpoint of the collection and drastically reduced the page count.

Mr. Ogreten and I had a meeting with Mr. Benjamin about how I was organizing the metadata for the eventual finding aid. We also discussed an idea of making the larger guide a PDF and attaching it as a downloadable file from the said finding aid. Mr. Benjamin approved of my current progress and liked the PDF idea.

As for the office, I am no longer on cleaning duty on Fridays (I still need to do so on Mondays), Additionally, I am in charge of shelving duties on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as Mondays. Of course, with every new semester, old faces bid their farewells since they graduated in the summer and we have picked up new interns for the 2019 Fall Semester. Among those who departed was May Tang, whom my colleagues enjoyed her presence in the office.

We almost passed her last day in the office without giving her a proper send-off. Ms. Rubin quickly ordered some Domino’s pizzas for the occasion and we did manage to get a drink selection. When her shift ended, I shook her hand to thank her for her contributions and told her that I prayed for her future successes.

Of course, the final noteworthy event to mention is the recent preparation for Hurricane Dorian. As per protocol, the staff worked together to set up the emergency tarps to drape over the collection shelves in both the fifth floor and first-floor collection rooms. By the end of the day, we did all we could to prepare for Dorian’s arrival. From Labor Day through the Thursday of that week, the campus remained closed even when Dorian’s course shifted northward. When the campus opened on Friday, I assisted the staff in hauling the tarps to the team who were folding them before returning to my normal duties.

In review, I am making ample progress with the Home Movie Collection, bid farewell to another colleague they took the first step in the next chapter of their lives, and helped prepare the office for Hurricane Dorian (later helped in dismantling these preparations the following week). I again, I apologize for the sudden hiatus. Hopefully, I will post most more often. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week.

Weekly Review: July 22-26, 2019

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This week was a milestone in my work with Home Movie Collection. I finally finished reviewing all the footage within the collection! After reporting my progress to Mr. Ogreten, he assigned me to prepare written descriptions and summaries based my notes to be used. Thus,  I entered a new phase of processing the collection.

The final batch of donated films I reviewed included footage from the late 1970s and early 1980s. While the footage mostly featured a family celebrating Christmas and birthday parties, the subjects prominently depicted happened to the be the family’s children. Whether riding bicycles, playing indoors, running around outside in their backyard, or swimming in the ocean, the two boys of the family always seemed hyperactive. Additionally, I noticed they received an Atari 2600 for Christmas.

Accompanied by CX30 rotary paddle controllers, this particular Atari 2600 seemed different from the ones normally (and fondly) exemplified. The video game console was notably clad in all-black. I never knew it came in that color. After some further research, I discovered that Atari released this version of the console in 1982, which does date the footage around that time.

I am very familiar with the console as my father owned one and several games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac-Man, Combat, and Berzerk. In 1996, my father let my brother and I play his Atari 2600 with the aforementioned games. So, the Atari 2600 became the first video game console I played with. As such, I remember it fondly.

Other footage included in this batch featured a race in Daytona, Florida from 1973. As far as what can be seen, this did not appear to be a NASCAR race. This did lead to questions regarding what kind of race I was watching, though. Perhaps someone more savvy in racing history might solve this riddle and make the guide accurate.

Once I finished, I reported to Mr. Ogreten and he assigned me to start making descriptions or summaries for the Home Movie Collection to be used in the impending finding aid. Starting from the first set, I gave a brief description of the events depicted, the date range (if known), and the length of the film file. I remain unsure how long this portion will take to complete.

I managed to miss the celebration for one of my colleagues, Eli. Apparently, Eli’s birthday was this week and my supervisors decided to hold the celebration on my day off. At least I signed the card. Luckily, I managed to have some leftovers.

Friday seemed to be a very strange day. Perhaps due to the ongoing construction at the library, the fire alarm was triggered twice (the first of which occurred before I arrived on campus, apparently). Before my shift ended, I highly expected a third. At the end of the day, it did not happen.

In review, I managed to finish watch all of the films in the collect and finally moved on to creating a portion to use in the finding aid. I also informed the staff that I am going on vacation from August 8-18, 2019, and, as such, the blog will also go on hiatus as result. Until then, I have one last week of the summer semester to complete. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe! Bye!

Weekly Review: July 15 – 19, 2019

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Pack Mules – Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules from Disneyland? Riding stagecoaches, ponies, carts pulled by goats, and seeing animals like buffalo.

Story Land – statues of Little Miss Muffet, Woman in the Shoe, Cat and the Fiddle. Mock-up of a village found in a fairy tale, Rocket Rides, and carousel.

Africa USA – Safari tour (ostrich, camels, zebras, donkeys, giraffes) and garden tour.

Miami Seaquarium – dolphin show and diver helmet.

Dressel’s Farm – New Paltz, New York (mini train ride, Merry-Go-Round, pony rides).

Freedomland USA – tuba band, San Francisco (1906) portion of the park, burning cabin.
The Great Plains (1803-1900) – Borden’s Barn Boudoir and Elsie the Cow. Chicago (1871) – The Chicago Fire, The Great Plains (1803-1900) The Mule-Go-Round, San Francisco (1906) – Chun King gateway in Chinatown, Northwest Fur Trapper, New Orleans-Mardi Gras – Spin-A-Top, Civil War, Satellite City-The Future – Space Ship, Little Old New York (1850–1900) – family waiting in line for Horseless Carriage (1909 model Cadillac) ride.

Second family: Downtown Lucerne, Switzerland (Jesuit Church, bridge over the Reuss River, Zunfthaus zu Pfistern Restaurant), Paris, France (Family pose for picture with Eiffel tower in the background, Luxor Obelisk, Place de la Concorde, Notre-Dame de Paris, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, artists, girl gets a portrait made of her), Busch Gardens (petting miniature horses, Stanley Falls Flume, Swinging Vines), Swissminiatur in Melide (miniature Shell sponsored train, miniature cable cars), Venice, Italy – taking gondola ride (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background), William Tell Monument in Altdorf, Canton of Uri, Switzerland.

Third family: 1958 Chevrolet Nomad, 1958 Chevrolet Impala, 22. Dodge City, Kansas – Boot Hill Cemetery Museum entrance, reconstructed shops on Front Street at the Boot Hill Museum, hanging tree, graves (Tom Clark, Little Joe Blackburn, others).

 

Weekly Review: July 8 – 12, 2019

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This week encapsulated a mixture of different feelings. The staff at the University of Central Florida Library’s Special Collections and University Archives decided Belated Birthday and Departure of Courtney Toelle.

Nassau (Ardastra Gardens, Paradise Beach, Fort Charlotte)

World’s Fair?

Grave search

Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens (Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielos), Aztec ruins in Tenochtitlan (Millie climbing ruins).

Villa Vizcaya.

Weekly Review: July 1 – 5, 2019

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As another week concludes, my work with the Home Movie Collection took an unexpected turn. I discovered that wires for the AC adapter for the hard drive storing the collection video files have been severed. Of course, I reported the unfortunate circumstances to Mr. Ogreten and, in turn, he informed Mr. Benjamin. While the hunt to find a suitable replacement continues, I continued reviewing the films in the collection using the back-up discs of the video files. This setback did not stunt my progress nor did the change in a format change the fundamental problems associated with the collection’s guide.

Once again, I encountered misnomers and misidentified locales described in the collection guide. The guide noted that the donor family went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.  I prepared myself to watch footage of the theme park approximately close to the date of its opening (March 31, 1959) or in the 1960s. As I watched more of the footage, the layout of the park shown in the footage indicated I was not watching a visit to Busch Gardens. After discovering a postcard in Bing’s image search that perfectly matched that of the park seen from the top of the Ferris Wheel the family went on, I identified the park as the now-defunct Pirates World in Dania, Florida.

The trend continued as footage of tourists looking at houses were labeled as Hollywood, California’s Tour of the Stars. In reality, the footage depicted set pieces from Universal Studios in Universal City (including the house used in The Munsters). Because whomever viwwed the footage while making entries to the guide did not pay close enough attention, they mistook some footage of actors performing a typical gunfight scene on the a western set at Universal City as from Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town in Buena Park. Fortunately, I managed to sort that mess.

If anything at all, the guide managed to correctly identify a park as Disneyland. The only details I needed to add included was mentioning theSanta Fe & Disneyland Railroad, the Mark Twain Riverboat ride, Matterhorn Bobsled rollercoaster, Autopia, The Submarine Voyage Through Liquid Space, Motor Boat Cruise (still woefully missed by patrons, apparently), and the Barker Bird from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. I encountered some of these former and current attractions in other donated footage, so having more footage of these attractions only benefits future researchers in the end. In other words, I am glad we have it in the archives.

The family managed to visit Mexico at some point in 1966 and encountered some of the sites known to attract tourists. The Heroic Cadets Memorial (Altar a la Patria or Monumento a los Niños Héroes), for example, honors the fallen cadets (Juan de la Barrera, Juan Escutia, Francisco Márquez, Agustín Melgar, Fernando Montes de Oca,
and Vicente Suárez) that perished in the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War. The beautifully sculpted pillars certainly stands out and people come mesmerized them. Included among the sites visited by the family, the Museo Nacional de Antropología possess some unique artifacts and some which stands outside to greet visitors, like the statue of Aztec water goddess Chalchiuhtlicue. In any case, the Mexico trip gives the donated footage some additional value to corroborate with some earlier footage in the collection.

Nothing else strikes as notable for this week, so I am concluding this review. “Revision” best describes the major theme of the week as I constantly revised much of the guide throughout it. Next week, there seems to be in the work major developments as we prepare to say farewell to one of my colleagues. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week and stay safe! Bye!

July 1, 2019 – End of Hiatus

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I apologize for the long, unannounced abscence. Since the last post, I focused on writing my thesis for my Master’s Degree, went on a six day vacation in Arizona (sites visited include the town of Jerome, Camp Verde, Picacho Peak, and the legendary Tombstone), and returned to regular duties last Tuesday. With this post, I declare the end of the prolonged hiatus and want to share what my current status is at the University of Central Florida Library’s Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). Of course, the vast majority entails the Home Movie Collection.

My current progress through the Home Movie Collection hit a snag: I apparently skipped a very bare-boned portion of the guide. I decided to backtrack and correct this oversight. What followed included some sluggish progress through donors’ footage regarding vacations in Europe. Admittedly, I am unfamiliar with European landmarks and sculptures.

I constantly needed to consult the image search of Yandex or Bing (never use Google, their image search currently ranks below these two). Whether finding a monument in Nice, France or differentiating France from Monaco, the experience required me to familiarize myself with these notable locales to help identify where this family went to. For example, trying to find Le monument du Centenaire proved to more difficult when all that was availablw was the image of the monument – no descriptions. Monaco proved to be just as hard as I needed to identify the different churches in the small principality.

Aside from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (and learning about the royal family, like actress Grace Kelly), the most prominent building shown in the footage was the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate. Anything else, I needed to find on my own. I like to think I succeeded in this endeavor, but if an archivist (or a geographer) in the future corrects me I welcome it.

Aside from establishing familiarity with the subject matter, the other issue involves correcting the mistakes of my predecessors. For example, the guide noted that one portion of footage depicted the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany (West Germany at the time of filming) and featured a military parade. I know what the Brandeburg Gate looks like and expected some sort of West German parade due to the Cold War. However, I noticed several things wrong in the footage that discounted the descriptions.

First, my predecessor obviously noticed the “Quadriga,” which depicted a statue of the goddess of victory driving a chariot pulled by four horses, that sits on the Brandenburg Gate. Unfortunately, I identified the building in question as the Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark and it also depicts the bronze sculpture of Victoria, Roman Goddess of Victory, driving her quadriga, sculpted by Herman Wilhelm Bissen. Easy mistake to make. As for the military parade, I discovered that the ceremony procedures actually came from the Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Instances such as these continually drag my progress, but they need to be done.

In short, I am performing my due diligence in making an accurate and detailed guide for the Home Movie Collection for future researchers. My own lack of knowledge and misidentification by predecessors hinders progress to a slow pace, but I hope the information I’ve gathered makes this struggle worth it. At least I learned a bit more about the world through these films.

As for important updates, this Tuesday is Indepenence Day and the University of Central Florida campuses will be closed as a result. Yet, expect another entry at the end of the week. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week. Bye!

 

Weekly Review: June 3 – June 7, 2019

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I apologize for the delay. My time went towards the frantic effort in finishing my thesis, so I did not make time for this blog. I should be finishing my thesis soon and be returning to a normal schedule for this blog. In any case, I only recall a few notable occurrences from the course of the week.

In terms of my office responsibilities, I encountered nothing too troublesome while cleaning the fifth-floor study hall. Entering the stacks proved more tricky. At some point, workers conducted some sort of maintenance in the stack and the situation required us to wear facemasks when entering the stacks. Fortunately, the shelving cart only held materials destined to the first floor and I did not need to stay too long in that environment.

As for the Home Movie Collection, I continued to watch through more films as usual when Mr. Ogreten asked me a favor. He told me that a donor wanted to view the footage of Disney World from the films donated by Barron Richter. So, I made a list with timestamps that featured where Mr. Richter filmed footage Disney World and gave it to Mr. Ogreten. He told me he was going to burn the footage on to a CD and send to the donor with a message to return it when he was done.

In the last group of videos, I saw the most unusual gift I’ve ever seen at a Christmas celebration: a singular tire wrapped in Christmas ribbons and a bow. From what I gathered, there did not seem to be other tires in the footage. I theorized that the tire recipient might use the tire as the base for a swing in the backyard. While I did not see any footage to confirm this theory, I did notice that the tire recipient remove a piece of jewelry from the tire. As to what I learned from watching the footage, I learned that a tire is a possible gift option (a terrifying prospect for the last minute shoppers during the Christmas seas).

On that note, that is all I recall from the week. Should I emember anything else, I will report it on this page. Until next weekend, enjoy next week and stay safe. Bye!

Weekly Review: May 28 – May 31, 2019

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The week of May 28 through May 31, 2019, proved productive. Despite the Memorial Day break on Monday, I worked on the Home Movie Collection for the rest of the week. As such, the rewards of my efforts included reducing the number of sets of films to review down to two! Also, Memorial Day halved my office responsibilities and I did not engage in any ARC-related activities. In short, this week seemed simplistic.

The first set of films I reviewed contained footage of a family visiting a swimming pool, as well members of the extended family standing outside near their green 1956 Buick (I tried to identify the model and failed due my own inability to differentiate the car’s similarities to the Special or the Riviera). The family also filmed a visit to Cypress Gardens, which looked gorgeous and particularly busy with visitors enjoying the sights. Aside from reviewing more footage from the family’s urban environment, I discovered the footage from Reel Two and Real Three contained the same, if not similar, footage.

The footage contained the family’s visit to a chicken farm, a barbeque in perhaps Miami, a zoo (featuring horse-back riding, more chickens, tortoises, calves, camels, flamingos and crowned cranes), and observing the S.S. Fairland docked. Other slice of life moments include a wedding, a visit to a lake, family picnics, enjoying themselves at a shooting range, a stock car race, and a car show. While nice, I expected more places of interest this family visited. luckily, the next batch did not disappoint.

In the next batch films, the person who filmed at the Busch Gardens at Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, made sure they filmed a lot of birds there. This does not surprise me as the park sort of became a bird sanctuary as an attempt to reboot the look and feel of the park. Sadly, this attempt did not work and the park closed down after eleven years of operation in 1979.

In the next set of films, more slice of life materials surfaced: footage of the family’s young children playing, footage from around the town they lived in, or going to the beach. The descriptions do not justify the quality. The seemed to originate from the 1920s or 1930s as all of that footage came in black and white. The footage also revealed Valley Line Steamers and Lee Line steamboats docking to pick up cotton, which African American sharecroppers brought in to be shipped. Other images captured included scenes of devastated buildings near this family’s crops (a very sad sight to see that left me wondering what exactly happened there).

The current batch I am currently reviewing brought some interesting experiences with their footage. The family visited Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where the children gleeful  rode the swan boats Wonderland’s designated pond. They also visited places like Martha’s Vineyard, Daytona Beach, and St. Augustine.

During the review of St. Augustine, I tried identifying a certain building that the label said “St. Augustine and Gardens.”  I used Google Maps to see if the building appeared along the coast (the building looked like it sat near a water front), only to fail in locating said building). After an hour of making screenshots of the building and using Bing’s and Yandex’s respective image searches, I discovered that this building did not sit St. Augustine: the building happened to be one I covered here in this blog: the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida (I am embarrassed that I did not recognize the build at first as I previously discussed the history of the building in a blog post).

Aside from reviewing these interesting  films, I performed my office responsibilities without difficulties. To my surprise, someone donated the Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia to Special Collections. Before I shelved it, I examined it to see how “complete” the book says it is. The book set’s publication occurred before the release of the sequel trilogy, Rogue One, and Solo, so its information suffers from being out-of- date, unfortunately. Still, a very surprising addition to the Special Collections.

In review, I managed to reduce the number of sets of film down two, wasted an hour hunting for the location of a building I ironically covered in a previous blog entry, and shelved the “Complete” Star Wars Encyclopedia Boxset into the Special Collections Next week, I may be able to finishing reviewing all the footage in the Home Movie Collection. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the rest of the day! Bye!