September 29, 2017 – “Purgatory”

Welcome back!

Today was a day that felt like progress was made, but also no progress was made at the same time. It is what happens when things outside of immediate control interrupts the plans that were to be enacted. Purgatory would the word to describe this state and I will explain why it is so.

I arrived to begin my day with hopes of learning to flat file the posters, but Chris nixed that by next week hopefully when the poster would be ready. With that portion of the O’Shaughnessy Collection at a standstill for the moment and the fact there are no VHS covers for the media collection, I turned my attention to the medals of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Once again, Chris was working with them regarding what Burak asked to do and all I could do at the moment was look at them. I am positive I will be working with them at some point.

I had already answered the questions Ms. Rubin assigned me, the only thing left was work on the finding aid. The finding template I worked with was in dire need of an update in regards of the collection profile. Aside from grammar edits, I began changing things that maybe would be close to the final product. At this point, nothing is concrete until the collection is reorganized and that means moving things from one box to another and getting rid off boxes.

The option that I currently have an idea for is to separate the collection into four groups: media, photographs and posters, documents, and memorabilia and ephemera. Media is self-explanatory as it includes audio cassettes, audio discs, VHS tapes, and DVDs that are in the collection and once are properly processed will most likely be organized together under that umbrella. Photographs and posters are also self-explanatory, but from what I have gathered from conversations with Ms. Rubin I will be going through the photographs again to organize them for the finding aid and the posters’ situation has been addressed. Documents refer to written items such as letters from the UCF Athletic Department as well as newspaper articles that I am positive will be organized into such a group. Then there is memorabilia and ephemera, which I am not sure if this will be grouped together but it would include game tickets, parking passes, buttons, shirts, sweaters, and the like.

I have emailed Ms. Rubin to update her on the progress of everything and hopefully she can help me with structuring the finding aid when she returns, but also advice on what would be best for the O’Shaughnessy Collection as the basic processing (save for mentioned exceptions) is completed for the most part. As for the rest of the day, I racked my brain over to what to change in the finding aid. Some of the information I kept as it was fine on its own, but what to add to the abstracts and not have it be excessive proves to be difficult.

So, that wraps up today, but I will be posting the weekly review later. Other than that, this transitional week into a new phase of this internship will hopefully the last of these states of purgatory. Nonetheless, I will try to stay positive. Until the next post, have a pleasant evening!

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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