This is the weekly review of October 23 to 27, 2017. This week represented the closing of one chapter and the opening of a new one. It is with bittersweet feelings to announce the completion of the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection. The details of the final moments of the work done with it will be reviewed shortly, but the daily posts of this week are available that go into more detail. This week finally opened the chapter of the work of the medals from United Daughters of the Confederacy and is poetic that it happened in the middle of the week as a transitional stage in my internship. But, the weekly review must start with Monday.
On Monday, the final tasks of the O’Shaughnessy Collection included fetching the 16mm film reels from the first floor, transferring contents of a few boxes to new boxes, sticking the appropriate labels on said boxes, and performing final processing procedures on the contents of the memorabilia in the now-labeled Box Seven. The rest of the time was coding the finding aid and making sure all the tags were closed and ampersands were tagged correctly. After making sure the content of the finding aid were now accounted for, Ms Rubin served as a guide through a template to set up the rest of the finding aid. While for all intensive purposes the finding aid was completed, there were some corrections to be made.
On Tuesday, two reading assignments were given: an article published in the New York Times by Michaelangelo Matos titled “Inside Prince’s Paisley Park Archives: 7,000 Artifacts Cataloged, Many More to Go.” Matos reports that Paisley Park, the home of the late Prince, was being processed into an archive and that all of his belonging were being sorted through and is in a constant state of update due to the vast number of artifacts and memorabilia. The other was an article published at Business of Fashion by Grace Cook titled “Cartier Opens its Archives for US Exhibition.” Cook reports that jewelry giant Cartier was showcasing its collection of rare artifacts at Fifth Avenue in New York City and, surprisingly, every item would available for purchase (links to both articles are in Tuesday’s daily post). After reading these articles, Ms. Rubin said these were the second to last reading assignments. Ms. Rubin then presented a printed copy of the O’Shaughnessy finding aid with corrections to be made and instructed that a more corrected version be printed once done. After making these edits, the deed was done. It was time to move on to the medals.
After being handed over to Burak Ogreten and receiving instructions from him, who is in charge of the Special Collections in the archives, the medals were retrieved from Chris Saclolo and the examinations began. A document was created for my notes on the medals and the examinations were moving along smoothly. Unfortunately, time was up before the examinations were completed.
On Friday, Ms. Rubin gave me another version of the O’Shaughnessy finding aid to make corrections from. This task did not take long to complete. I moved on to resuming from where Tuesday’s work left off and the initial examinations were completed. Then the real research began and the findings were periodically reported to Mr. Ogreten. Unfortunately, a costly roadblock in my research might be something that needs be overcome in the future of this research, but the day ended before going too further.
This ends the weekly review. The O’Shaughnessy Collection is done, but a link to the finished product will be posted on the blog and provided in that week’s review. Other than that, work on the medals will continue next week. Take care and stay safe over the weekend.