This is the weekly review of November 6 through November 10, 2017. Before the review, there is an announcement to make. The finding aid for the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection is now available and as promised, here is the link to the finding aid: http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/?p=collections/findingaid&id=238&q Please take some time to view it. Thoughts on the finding aid will be included in the review for this week, but it will be in due time. Other news includes contact with the Wisconsin Historical Society in regards to the other necessary Minutes of the Annual Convention of United Daughters of the Confederacy for the history of the medals. The suggestion of using the interlibrary loan system to obtain the sources was taken and any further updates will be made available on the blog as they occur. Now, without further ado, the review will begin.
Monday began with addressing the woes from the previous week. The relevant pages from Civil War Veterans’ Organizations, Reunions, and Badges by Turner E. Kirkland were scanned and copied followed by files from the administrative file regarding the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s donation of the medals. Programs of the ceremony, correspondence exchanged by the group and the University of Central Florida in relation to the medals, photographs, and newsletter excerpts were among the files copied and added to the newly created processed file. Two pages were created and printed with directions that linked the processed file and the administrative file. The next step was creating labels for the processed file and the collection box itself, which was accomplished after a brief refresher course on how to operate the typewriter by Mr. Ogreten. After applying the labels, the last task was completing the finding aid.
After correcting the format of what was already coded, completion of the finding aid did not take as long as the O’Shaughnessy Collection’s finding aid. Mr. Ogreten was informed of the completion and returned with a list of edits to be made to the finding aid. In between this process, the O’Shaughnessy Collection finding aid was reviewed and a few errors were noted. That information was passed on to Ms. Rubin, who would correct it. This concludes Monday’s review.
On Tuesday, the Medal Collection finding aid was not ready to be posted online and a few more edits needed to applied as per Mr. Ogreten’s instructions. The corrections did not take long and Mr. Ogreten took time to showcase a set of medals from World War I that still was unprocessed and perhaps if there was still time, it would have been a side project. When the finding aid seemed set, time was taken to see Ms. Rubin to address the progress made. She informed there was a staff meeting the following day and one of the ideas that would be discussed is allowing me to continue as a volunteer. On Monday, this will be brought up and the results of their decision will be addressed on the blog. Tuesday ended shortly after.
There is no Friday daily post in accordance to the closure of UCF in observance to Veteran’s Day. Instead, thoughts will be stated on the condition of the finding aid. In its current form the finding aid is incomplete. The Collection Historical Note lacks information regarding the history of the Crosses of Military Service, specifically the Philippine Insurrection Cross through the Vietnam War Cross. It is with great hope that the Wisconsin Historical Society and the interlibrary loan system yields fruit with the pertinent information to flesh out the details of this history. It would also be beneficial to learn to whom these crosses were awarded to, if possible. Time will tell.
This concludes the weekly review. Upcoming events next week concern preparations for my presentation. Professor French (or his staff) have yet to inform me of the date of this presentation, but pictures will be taken of the collection and the finding aids will be printed out on Monday. Also, the final evaluation form will be available at noon. It should not take long to have it filled out and turn it in to Professor French’s office. As for this weekend, be sure to thank a veteran for their service. They appreciate it. Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.