Yes, once again, this post is coming out after the day the events described, but everything will be caught up once this post is completed. Other than that disclaimer, there are no news or updates to report such as the bear sighting on the main campus last week. In cases like that, maybe that is not such of a bad thing that there are unusual events reoccurring on a regular basis. But, if any thoughts that this was a non-eventful should be quickly dispelled as it was a day full of massive changes in the collection.
The day began where the previous day left off: finishing coding in the photographs. The photographs are spread into two boxes: one is a medium sized, acid-free legal document box and the other is a larger box that contains larger pictures and the newspapers (more on that later). The folders in these boxes needed to be correctly labelled before being coded in. Most were separated by sport, while the football subsection was divided chronologically. This included the larger photographs which had their folders labelled as “2 of 2” in relation to the corresponding folders in the main box. There were also photographs of Michael O’Shaughnessy from the early 1990s that were set aside in the miscellaneous folder. The tiresome task of resorting and relabeling the photographs was eventually accomplished and the more easier task in comparison of coding those folders into the finding aid. The next task was coding in the Documents & Written Publications section.
Coding the Documents & Written Publications was difficult, to say the least. Not only did every folder need to be relabeled with the appropriate headings, but more materials were added as this process was being labored over. There were some materials that were transferred to the Ephemera box after being deemed inefficient to stay in the folder they were found in. Eventually, the main box was sorted after reviewing the contents of each folder and determining the years the materials came from. There was a problem though: the additional materials made the box that stored the documents be pushed to its limits. There was no choice but to retrieve a new home for the documents and publications.
I returned from the archive’s “supply room” with a re-purposed box. It has seen better days as the cover seemed to have been bent, but it would do for now. I was told that new boxes were purchased and the O’Shaughnessy Collection would be among the recipients of these new boxes. Alas, this was not the day for those new boxes. After placing the documents in their new home, there was just one more task before even to begin coding and that was to relabel the newspaper folders. Unfortunately, time had run out and the task of coding these documents in the finding aid had not really started. Sure, I made the section in the finding aid for the documents, but there is nothing to speak of in it. No doubt this will be the task at hand on Friday.
This concludes this retelling of Tuesday’s activities and now everything is caught up. There is nothing left to say but to look forward to Friday’s activities, which will be regaled here. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week! Bye!