October 9, 2017 – “More Boxes!”

Welcome back to another week!

I hope the weekend was a pleasant one, but the start of this week had new surprises that jumped leaps and bounds from what I was doing before. It has been mentioned that it seemed that the O’Shaughnessy Collection was in its final stages of processing, but now it really seems to be the case. A lot happened, especially in the first hour, so bear with my recollection as I try to piece it all together for this post.

The first assignment was my reading assignment: an article by Erin Lawrimore titled “Avoiding Kamino’s Fate: Archives, Archivists, and the Preservation of Works of Fandom” that was published by The Learned Fangirl (http://thelearnedfangirl.com/2016/03/avoiding-kaminos-fate-archives-archivists-and-the-preservation-of-works-of-fandom/). Ms. Rubin wisely chose this article has it dovetails from talking of the Jedi Archives from Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones to explain the challenges of archives and archivists have in preserving artifacts especially in regards to fandom material (fan fiction, fanzines, etc.). Lawrimore ends the article by encouraging fan communities to reach out to their local archives for the preservation of their records. It is a good article and I recommend anyone to take the time to read it. But, it is time for the crux of what my time included.

Before even settling in for the day, the boxes in O’Shaughnessy Collection were going to be in a process of reorganization. Last Friday was the start of it with the removal of the 2006 box. All of the VHS cassettes are now in one box, the other media (DVDs, audio CDs, and audio cassettes) are in another, documents have their own box,  photographs are now in a smaller box, and ephemera and smaller memorabilia (like buttons) are in their own box. All of this was done within the first hour. While it is in a better organized state, the number of boxes has increased instead of downsizing. May have to address it later. Regardless, I was to change focus on the boxes I have not even touched, yet.

I went back down to the first floor and retrieved the three boxes I had not worked with, yet. After returning a flat box that was not in use, I headed upstairs with the new boxes where the contents were reviewed. One box contained a basketball jersey (not sure if it is a UCF jersey, though), Michael O’Shaughnessy’s cleats, his pants for his football uniform, a pair of socks, a towel, his jacket from that era, and a football that says it came from the first UCF home game that was against the Fort Benning Doughboys on September 29, 1979. The other box of memorabilia was commented by Ms. Rubin that it would need to be organized better, so it was put aside for now. However, the third box contained publications (magazines, game programs, etc.) and this is where my time today was spent.

Ms. Rubin set up a Microsoft Excel Document where I would record the information that needed to be done in the manner required (title, number of copes, whether item was new or not, collection, etc.). This where most of today’s time was spent. I managed to maybe complete two-thirds of the box before time was up. Good news will be that it will be finished tomorrow and sorting them will be the next step. But, that is tomorrow’s work and today’s are done.

That was pretty much how today went. If any updates or news are pertinent to this blog, they will be posted appropriately. Nonetheless, this is the end of this entry. Until tomorrow, take care!

 

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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