Make-Up Post: November 3, 2017 – “Familiar Territory”


As it is quite apparent, this post is actually being written on November 4, 2017. An apology is in order as time slipped away before the realization that a blog post (and the weekly review) had not been composed came to mind. Please forgive this error. Still, an attempt to recollect Friday’s events will be made as best to my ability.

The first order of business is to announce that the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection Finding Aid is now online: Please take time to browse it and, of course, this means the processed collection is available to researchers. It is with great joy to be allowed to contribute to the formal organization of the University Archives. Of course, this means the process starts over again with the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection, which was decided as the the official name for the collection.

I had previously used the Interlibrary Loan program to request Civil War Veterans’ Organizations, Reunions, and Badges by Turner E. Kirkland, thinking it may be of use to my research. When I finally was able to physically turn the pages after picking it up, I was disappointed. The booklet had a picture of different Southern Crosses of Honor that I was able to show Mr. Ogreten the differences between the one in the collection and the ones that were later produced. Other than that, the booklet sadly had no other use. Mr. Ogreten then asked that all materials in the administrative file that related to the medals should be scanned and copied into what will be the processed file.

Unfortunately, another intern was using the computer that had the scanner and they looked like they were in the middle of research of their own. I had to put off this request for now  and instead focus on creating the finding aid for the Medal Collection. I managed to get far enough in the template to where I could at least save my progress aand not have the code malfunction. It became increasingly apparent that I may need assistance in the fine tuning of this finding aid. Sadly, I could not use the coding of the O’Shaughnessy Collection as a reference to help me. Ms. Rubin was away as well, though I could have asked Mr. Ogreten for assistance if need be.

Friday ended prematurely as I had other business to attend (that ended up being rescheduled anyway) and I left at 12:45 PM. Among the tasks left to complete is the scanning of those documents and printing them, finishing the finding aid (that includes final edits that no doubt will have to be made), label the box the medals are housed in, and whatever else that may be needed for the collection that I am currently not aware of. While all of this process may be different, a lot of it is familiar territory. Regardless, there is plenty to do for next week and hopefully by next Friday most, if not all, of it will be completed.

In closing, I would like to apologize for the sloppy handling of this Friday’s post. There are not many posts left to make as the semester closes and not waste one like this is shameful. I will strive to do better. The minimum requirement of one hundred fifty hours have been logged in and each day gets closer to the one hundred eighty hour limit. Not to leave this week in a melancholy mood, please enjoy the rest of this weekend. Remember that daylight savings ends, too!

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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