September 1, 2017 – “Unfinished Business”

Hello, everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed your week and are looking forward to Labor Day weekend like I am. Just a reminder that because of Labor Day there will be no blog post on Monday, instead there will be a post on Thursday to make up for it. Today, however, was a day of getting around to unfinished business.

To start off, I was informed by Ms. Rubin that the 4″x6″ sleeves were now available. I decided that was top priority before anything else. The process did not take long at all, but I was informed later that at some point that I would try to sort the photographs by year. At another time, but not today. In the middle of processing the photographs, I was shown the next project after the O’Shaughnessy Collection: A medal collection from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

One glance at them (as well as reading the descriptions), I could tell that they were not from the Civil War era. I pondered if the organization awarded people these medals in a similar fashion of how I was awarded the R.O.T.C. Bronze Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution. Without knowing the criteria nor how the process works, I am left with something to think about until I actually get to work on researching the medals. But, that is for another time.

I resumed watching VHS cassettes from the O’Shaughnessy Collection. The first VHS was another copy of the silent footage of the 1979 UCF vs St. Leo game. I made note of it and moved on. The next was a longer video of three games (turns out it was four) of UCF vs Morehouse College from November of 1979, UCF vs Miles College from October 4, 1980, and UCF vs Emory & Henry College also in November of 1979.

All three were at the then-named Tangerine Bowl, no commentary, and all were in black and white footage except for UCF vs. Miles College. There was also the same footage of UCF vs. Morehouse 1979 game at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia that I had previously seen at the end of this tape. The most peculiar thing, however, was the instrumental music the editor had used for the footage. It was all 1980s/early 1990s stock music and to me, it did not seem like it was the right music for a football montage.

The last VHS I viewed had footage I had seen on three DVDs prior on the 1980 Football Season. So, this was the original footage. It also had footage I had seen previously from another VHS that had more 1979 highlights and the fourth annual varsity vs. alumni game from April 21, 1990. All of this was on VHS. That was my actual work on the collections, but I had a reading assignment as well.

My reading assignment involved two articles, “A Frigid Colorado Archive On Climate Change Faces An Uncertain Future” by Sam Brasch from Colorado Public Radio News ( and “Internet Archive’s Trump Archive launches today” by Nancy Watzman from Internet Archive ( Both articles articulate how archives could be endangered by the subject matter they collect as the could be fragile, both physically and technologically, and great care has to be put into an archive for it to function. This reinforces the importance of archives and how well they need to be taken care of.

This concludes today’s activities, but there will be a “week in review” post that will be available later today. Keep an eye out for it. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the weekend and stay safe. 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.

One thought on “September 1, 2017 – “Unfinished Business””

  1. I remember you chasing down bits of information you didn’t know to discover their meanings, functions, or processes from a very early age. Then, storing the papers with the information on it. Hmmm, sounds like you have been archiving your whole life!


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