August 22, 2017 – “Look At This Photograph!”

Before I regale about today’s escapades, I would like to clarify that my assignment for this blog is supposed to be a weekly blog post of approximately 500 words, due every Friday. How this is going to work is that while I am still going to do a daily post, on Friday I will make a “week in review” post. That will be what I will turn in for my assignment. Again, on Fridays, I will post a review of my activities that week and that will be what I turn in for my assignment. Look forward to it. So, without further delay and mass confusion, what were my activities today?

Yesterday, Ms. Rubin wanted me to start processing photographs from the  O’Shaughnessy Collection. The first box which had been previously considered as processed had three photographs, but they were not in sleeves. So, I went to the cabinet where Ms. Rubin had shown me yesterday that where the archival sleeves were kept. If anyone ever collected trading cards, then these sleeves were not that different from those used to store cards in. Once I found the appropriate size, I took three of them and slid the photographs into their new homes. Knowing what I know now, I perhaps should have doubled one of them (put two photographs in one sleeve, back to back). I’ll take care of it tomorrow.

After that quick detour, I moved on to the bulk of the photographs were. This is where I spent most of my time. Mr. O’Shaughnessy had an array of photographs dating from 1979 to at least 1998, depicting himself as a UCF Knight football player to personal photographs with him and some of his friends. He had a group of photographs featuring a 1996 game with future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper ( as a UCF Knight which, as a Minnesota Vikings fan, I found very exciting. I’m sure my father would be thrilled to hear about that as well. The only photograph I thought did not match was a photograph of a rocking chair. No date attached to it or a even a description, so it still baffles me. I’m sure there is a story about it, but I do not know it at the present.

After looking through the photographs, I did my best sorting through them and finding the right sized sleeve and slipping photographs into them. I learned a few lesson about processing photographs from Ms. Rubin while tackling this task. Paper printed copies do not get sleeves, double photographs together to save the number of sleeves used, use a special pencil to write down additional information on the back of the photograph that came with it (say some information was on a sticky note, you wrote what was on the sticky note on the back of the photograph), and finally how to process photographic film. The trick is that you want the glossy side of the film to be face-up as it is placed in the appropriate sleeve. The black film that Mr. O’Shaughnessy had was easier to determine than the brown film. Both sides of the brown film were seemingly glossy and was harder to to tell, but one side was slightly glossier than the other.

As I was processing the films, I made one error. I accidentally pushed one of the films too far into the sleeve. The idea is that you want to freely retrieve the film out of the sleeve. Unintentionally, I may have caused someone a great deal of headache down the line. If that person stumbles across this, I will be the first to apologize to you. Another problem was that SCUA currently lacks 4″ x 6″ sleeves and there were quite a few photographs that needed it. Also, there was a photograph that had tape on it. Ms. Rubin was going to have someone else take care of that one. I placed a sticky note on the folder that contained the material I was working on that listed what needed to be done with it for later.

By the time I finished, it was time for me to leave. Unfortunately, I was informed that I was supposed to take a test to see if I could use the Library of Congress’ record system, but I ran out of time. Ms. Rubin moved it to Thursday, so I will be posting about that at a later date. After cleaning my table, putting my cart away, and signing out, I ate some community pound cake and took the elevator downstairs.

That’s all for today! I will post again tomorrow. Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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