This is the weekly review of Week Six: September 25-29, 2017. Major progress was made in regards to the processing of the O’Shaughnessy Collection, but at the same time everything hit a standstill as the week went on. Despite this, there were plenty of work to be done even though Ms. Rubin was gone this week. Breaking it down chronologically will best illustrate how the week shaped up.
On Monday, there was finishing the VHS tape from December 23, 2005 at the top of the list of things to do. All that was left was a story called “Broken Lives” on NBC Dateline (please refer to the daily post for a link to the written version of the story), a rerun of episode seven of season four of Law & Order: Criminal Intent titled “Magnificat,” WESH 2 News at 11 featured stories national and local of the day, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the VHS tape finally ended following actor Matthew Broderick’s interview with Conan O’Brien from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In total, the VHS holds six hours and thirty minutes of content. There was one last VHS tape to review and it was titled “1980 UCF Fighting Knights Football Season” with another label that had the disclaimer to “Return to O’Shaughnessy If Stolen.”
Once again this was the same “1980 UCF Fighting Knights Football Season” footage that had been viewed time and time again, but time was taken try to narrow down the date of the UCF Knights Varsity versus “Alum-Knights” game that is featured. The results were inconclusive, but the candidates are the 1987 game or the 1989 game. This was Monday concluded with.
On Tuesday, Chris Saclolo was going to be teaching how to make flat files. Unfortunately, the posters in the O’Shaughnessy Collection had been curled in the box they were in and could not be made into flat files just yet. With the help of Mr. Saclolo, the posters were put under plexi material in order to try and flatten them. Mr. Saclolo stayed positive and was shooting for Friday that they would be ready.
With that small setback, attention was turned to reviewing a DVD titled “Hawaii Bowl History DVD.” It turned out to be the unedited interviews that were used for the WESH 2 News Hawaii Bowl Special that aired on December 23, 2005. It was a pleasant surprise! The final media piece was an audio CD that had the August 23, 2008 edition of Talkin’ Old School with Roger Franklin Williams. The host, Williams, had two guests on his show that day: Jerry O’Neill, who had been covering the Knights since 1994, and Michael O’Shaughnessy himself. With that, the media portion was done.
There was an assignment to choose three questions to answer and submit to Ms. Rubin’s email address (please refer to the September 26 post to view the the questions and answers). After completing this task, processing the various media sources into appropriate housing was on the objective. Unfortunately, there were no VHS covers and would have to be ordered to accommodate the. The audio cassettes, however, received new cases. This ended Tuesday.
On Friday, the day seemed to be at a standstill. The VHS covers still needed to be addressed, so no progress could be made on that end. After checking in with Chris Saclolo, he determined that the posters were not ready and maybe next week they would be. In addition, he was working with the medals from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, so it was best to let him finish what he needed to do with them before moving on to that project. With little options, working on the finding aid rubric consumed the rest of the time.
Aside from making grammatical errors here and there as well as deciding could be kept, the editing process was tiresome and unknown factors crept up as the realization that a few values could only be changed until after the reorganization of the O’Shaughnessy Collection was completed. The one change that was made was the restructuring of the categories into four groups: media, photographs & posters, documents, and memorabilia and ephemera. All of these changes are not concrete and are subject to change for the time being. The day ended on this note.
This concludes the weekly review of Week Six. Ms. Rubin returns next week and hopefully with advice on how to better organize the finding aid and perhaps new surprises. It remains to be seen. Until then, enjoy this weekend and stay safe!