August 29, 2017 – “Are You Ready For Some Football?!”

Hello, again!

I really do not have time at the time of writing this for any other matters, so I am just going to jump right into what I did today. With all other parts in my cart already processed or waiting for necessary materials to be processed, the only objects I had not touched were the video and audio collection that was spread to about thirty variations of DVDs, VHS cassettes, and audio cassette tapes. I managed to get through six today, but I will get into detail about I processed and how it will be done.

Ms. Rubin was kind enough to construct a worksheet where I could record the sufficient information that will be later by typed by me into a database. Things considered were who the videographer was, the title on the label or in the footage itself, the original date of the footage taken, etc. That was the guidelines I worked under. As for the footage itself, it spanned from 1979 to 1998 and there was no way I was going to complete it in a day. But, I did start in 1979.

The first footage was on a VHS cassette that featured UCF’s first football game against St. Leo University in 1979. The footage offered no commentary or any audio, for that matter. Its colors were so faint that it could easily be mistaken for black and white and the entire footage was about twenty-five minutes long. There were many questions that Ms. Rubin agreed that Mr. O’Shaughnessy may need to answer to help us with these matters. The next one was interesting.

I next watched a VHS that had a highlight reel in color from 1979 that was put together by Orlando SportStringer and Steve Zurck Productions (at least that was what the label said). But, afterwards was home video footage filmed Michael O’Shaughnessy himself from April 21, 1990 from the fourth annual varsity versus alumni game at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mr. O’Shaughnessy was in the game, but I do not know who filmed for him. More questions for later. Last VHS before I had to move to the office area because a class was visiting again was of  a 1979 game between UCF and Morehouse College.

This VHS was interesting. It was in black and white, no commentary and played public music over the footage. It was brutal with the final score being twenty-eight to fourteen. It was hard to tell but I do not think UCF won that one. Alas, I had to leave shortly after.

Since I could watch more VHS tapes, I turned to DVDs by watching them on the computers. Unfortunately, all three of them ended up being copies of the same footage. Even though it was labelled as the 1980 UCF Football Season, it also featured highlights from the first game against St. Leo University. This time it was in color and had audio. It also featured two interviews with Coach Don Jonas. But, it included an alumni game from the late 1980s, too. Would have to check back to find out which year, though.

That was pretty much it. I did have time ask Ms. Rubin about becoming an archivist and she gave me great advice as well as people should contact. The path of an archivist is a tougher one than I realized, but I am willing to walk it. As our conversation concluded, it was time for me to leave.

That was what my day was, but there will be more to come on Friday. Until then, take care and I will check in again soon. 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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