November 29, 2017 – “Legislative Procedures”

Hello, everyone!

Some time has passed since the last entry and there has been a surprising amount of changes have occurred in that time. For instance, John Settle, the History MA graduate that I had hoped would be a mentor of sorts for me, seems to be leaving the archives as he was preparing for a job interview. A shame, really. I had my volunteer schedule mirror his and now he is moving on. In the short time I knew him, his involvement encouraged me and gave comfort in the hopes of using my degree post graduation. Regardless, I wish him the best and he is able to make a living with his new career.  As for the rest of the day, the work was tedious.

The day began for me when I picked up the Minutes of the Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy regarding the Thirty-Fourth Convention from 1927 at the UCF Library’s Circulation Desk and headed to the archive office. After exchanging pleasantries with the staff, a schedule was set up that I would volunteer from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesdays from this point forward. For the blog, expect a post at some point during the evening (either before or after class during the Spring 2018 Semester). After establishing this schedule, the first half of my time at the archives revolved around perusing the Minutes regarding information that connected the medal history from 1926 to 1928. Luckily, the information was available and copies were made to be placed in the processed file. Next, an attempt was made in searching for information regarding the New York World War Service Medal.

A deadlock had been placed in regards to information on the medal. While the request for The Military Awards of the Empire State by Paul H. Till is still pending from interlibrary loan system, ways to circumvent this deadlock was the priority. During the search for any background information, a key detail was found. The authorization for the medal to be created was approved by the New York State Legislature in 1919. The search for this documentation took some time, but a breakthrough occurred! Two monumental documents contained the information: The Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York and The Journal of the Senate of the State of New York.

Much like the Minutes, these “journals” are the recorded sessions of New York’s Legislative Branch. The sessions that were crucial to the medal’s history revolved around the One Hundred and Forty-Second New York State Legislature in 1919. Sure enough, both journals contained the voting record regarding the approval of authorizing the creation of the medal. The relevant pages were printed out and placed on Mr. Ogreten’s desk as he was having a meeting in Mr. Benjamin’s office. Since I am technically no longer an intern, an attendance record is not being kept by Ms. Rubin. So, I have created a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to use for my own record of attendance and I used this to logout my time. After returning the Minutes volume to the Circulation Desk, I went home.

Now the day’s events have been concluded, I once again want to thank John Settle and wish the best on his new chapter in life. I also have a presentation on Friday and the details regarding such will be documented on the last weekly review for this blog. Until then, keep safe and enjoy the rest of the evening!

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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