November 7, 2017 – “That’s Big News!”

Hello, everyone!

There are some exciting news that needs to be shared and new developments along the way. But, to start things off the finding aid for the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection is not online, yet. Be patient, when it is available it will be linked on the blog. More details regarding the finding aid, what is next for my internship, and the future of this blog are the topics that are outlined today in this post. Without further ado, the retelling day’s events will begin with the finding aid.

As it was expected, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection finding aid was not ready yet to be posted online. There were still some edits that needed to be corrected such as rewriting the abstract) and after talking with Mr. Ogreten, the necessary edits were made and everything seemed to be on the right track. Still, the document was thoroughly combed to be sure everything was in order. After that, all the work was done on my end and it was just a few tweaks that Mr. Ogreten needed to make to finish it. That was it. It was done.

While contemplating what still could be done, Mr. Ogreten came out of the archives with another collection of medals from World War I that still needed to be processed. If there was still time in my internship, he figured that it would be a good side project for me to do. Eventually, I walked into Ms. Rubin’s office and spoke about my presentation that still needed to be done. Of course, the details needed to be worked out with Professor French, but the idea currently is for me to come in Monday and take pictures of the collections I worked on as well as have my final evaluation sheet filled out as it becomes available at noon that day. In the course of the discussion, an interesting prospect came up.

While there is a staff meeting tomorrow, the idea will be brought up that I could continue as a volunteer at the archives. If I want to enter the field after graduation, this will provide a way for me to gain the experience I need while working in archive. Plus, I would not need to spend fifteen hours per week as a volunteer. The day I come in to work is at my choice and, of course, will be flexible to my class schedule. I am already thinking of working on Wednesdays for the reason that I could have a chance to spend time with John Settle, a History MA working in the archive. I could pick his brain to help me in my academic path. But, that is if the staff are keen on the idea. I am sure I will find out soon on that.

If that is the case, then the future of this blog is certain: it will continue! Albeit, the posts will not be as frequent but the idea of sharing this experience and recording this period of my life excites me. Well, that is all for now. Enjoy the Veterans Day weekend and look forward to my weekly review on Friday. Until then, stay safe and have fun! Bye!

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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