Week 13 Review: November 12 -17, 2017

This is the weekly review of November 12 – 17, 2017. Before the review begins, an apology is in order. There have been no daily posts as of recent due to the lack of a concise schedule as result of the change from being an intern to becoming a volunteer. This does not mean that there was no work done, but it means that the work was done in an erratic pace. This is all explained in the review and once a defined schedule is worked out, then expect everything to return to a normal pace. But not to digress the review any longer, here are the events of the week.

On Monday, preparations were made in regards to the Internship Showcase, which will be held in room 146 in the Graduate Student Center in Colbourn Hall at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on December 1, 2017. Usually this includes a PowerPoint presentation, so most of the day included gathering all of the collection material that I had worked on during the semester (the ten boxes of the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection) and taking photographs of them. It may not seem like much, but this took some time. In between shuffling collections, the final evaluation form became available to submit. The form was printed out and given to Ms. Rubin while the photo session continued. After all the photos were taken, the collections were returned to their appropriate homes in the archives and the final evaluation sheet was ready to be submitted.

Before leaving that day, the evaluation form was was scanned and electronically submitted on Webcourses. The physical copy would be submitted to Professor French’s office (Professor French would read the evaluation himself as he was present at the time) after concluding the day’s work. The last “assignment” given was the volunteer application form to be filled out and submitted the next time I was to be in the office. That turned out to be Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the completed volunteer form was given to Mr. Ogreten and work began on a new project. To be accurate, it was the World War I medals that was previously shown to me. There are only four of them, but each one has a story. Among the objectives for the collection was to find out information regarding the owner of the medals, who was the great uncle of the donor who gave the medals to the archives. Mr. Ogreten took it upon himself to reach out to the donor in hopes of acquiring more information on the owner. The task given to me was to research the medals themselves, which would be a back up should said information of the owner is unavailable.

Fortunately, The Institute of Heraldry (http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/) proved to be a great resource as did the Museums Victoria in Australia (https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/63445) and the Australian War Museum (https://www.awm.gov.au/index.php/collection/C134572). Though, there were two consternation. The first was regarding the eventually identified Army Occupation of Germany World War I Ribbon (http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Catalog/Heraldry.aspx?HeraldryId=15294&CategoryId=4&grp=4&menu=Decorations%20and%20Medals&ps=24&p=0). The confusing part was the design of the ribbon as the one in the collection has a pattern similar to the one shown in this link from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/medal-spare-ribbon-army-occupation-germany-medal) as opposed to the design shown in the Institute of Heraldry. But this brief moment of confusion was cleared up. The other problem regards to the New York World War Service Medal in the collection as there is virtually nothing is available on the information for the medal. The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center referenced a book by Paul H. Till called The Military Awards of the Empire State (https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/research/decorations/) and I have since placed a request in the Interlibrary Loan system for it. Hopefully, the book is available and the information I am seeking is available in the book (who designed it, who produced it, etc.). The day ended with the standstill of these crucial points. Or so I thought.

While reading my e-mail Wednesday evening, four messages appeared and notified me that four of the volumes of the Minutes of the Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy were ready for pick up. Thursday morning, the volumes were received and an emergency session was conducted in retrieving the medal information from them. The years covered in the volumes were 1925, 1926, and 1929-1931 and the primary focus was seeking information regarding the development of the Philippine Insurrection Cross of Military Service. Indeed, as the information was extracted and copies were made for the processed file, the meager information in the finding aid certainly will be fleshed out. I did not leave until all the information I was looking for was added.

After returning the volumes to the circulation desk, I returned home. That evening, another notification that the 1927 volume was now ready. Friday morning, I went to pick up the volume, but the state of the volume had warranted the “library-only” label (means the volume cannot leave the library building). Three attempts were made to scan the materials needed from the volume at the Interlibrary Loan Office before being escorted to the archives (the intended destination). After successfully making copies for the processed file and edits made to the notes for the finding aid, the volume was returned to the Interlibrary Loan Office.

This concludes the weekly review. There are some closing announcements before signing off. Due to the Thanksgiving Weekend, the library will be closed on Thursday to Sunday. Also, there will be no weekly review for next week but there will be a daily post (expect it next Tuesday). The last weekly review will be two weeks from now and will include the Internship Showcase. If any further updates arise, they will be relayed here. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep safe.

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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