This is the final weekly review, covering the week of November 27 to December 1, 2017. In addition to the events of Wednesday, November 29, this review will feature the Internship Showcase that occurred on Friday, December 1. Also, there will be some final thoughts regarding my internship. Without further ado, this review will begin with November 29.
On Wednesday, the day began with the retrieval of 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. There are only four more requests regarding the Minutes from the interlibrary system that hopefully will be fulfilled by the end of the year. Since the transition from intern to volunteer, there is no attendance accounted by the staff. As such, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet has been created to keep record of the dates, time, and subject I worked with at the archives.
After “logging in,” the first act of the day was perusing the Minutes regarding information on the Crosses of Military Service. Fortunately, such information was found and recorded in the notes for the medals. Copies of said pages were made and were regulated to the processed file with rest. After this work was done, an attempt was made to locate sources for the New York World War Service Medal. Good fortune was made as two reliable sources were found: The Journal of the Assembly of the State of New York and The Journal of the Senate of the State of New York, specifically relating the One Hundred and Forty-Second New York State Legislature in 1919.
These records of the proceedings of the New York State Legislature was helpful in learning when the creation of the medal was authorized. However, crucial questions such as who the designer of the medal was remain unanswered. The request for The Military Awards of the Empire State by Paul H. Till is becoming more desired to be fulfilled with moments such as this. In the midst of the research conducted, a proper schedule was created for the volunteer work for the future: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesdays from this point forward. Unfortunately, news of the departure of John Settle, a History MA graduate that would have been a mentor of sorts, had come to mt attention. Mr. Settle had a job interview later in the day and all of the staff wished him farewell as he left.
The day ended after “logging out” and returning the Minutes volume to the Circulation Desk. A final note to Mr. Settle for a successful interview and the start of a new chapter in his life. He is an inspiration for those who wish to enter this field as his journey represents what a lot of the graduate students want for the outcome fto be for earning their degrees. Thank you, John.
On Friday, the Internship Showcase was held in Room 146 in the Graduate Student Center of Colbourn Hall from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (roughly). I had practiced what I had intended to be my presentation at the reflection pool in front of the library (the closest structure that resembles an amphitheater) earlier that morning before the showcase. The practice was nerve-racking and several changes were made to the presentation to hopefully condense the time. In the end, whether this practice helped or not remains to be seen.
Invitations for the showcase had been gestured to Ms. Rubin and Mr. Ogreten and, surprisingly, my mother (she managed to drag my brother out of bed to attend as well). Of course, Professor French would be there but Professor Gannon would be there as well! She was there to support Jason FitzGerald and the rest of the interns who worked with the Brevard Military Museum, still it was nice to see her there.
The schedule of presentations fell into the following order: Amanda at 11:00 to 11:15 AM, Brevard Group (Jason, Laurel, Nicholas) at 11:15 to 11:45 AM, Kryslynn at 11:45 AM to 12:00 PM, Clinton at 12:00 to 12:15 PM, Bryan – 12:15 to 12:30 PM, me at 12:30 to 12:45 PM, and Amber at 1:30 PM. Since Kryslynn and Bryan were fellow interns at the Special Collections and University Archives, much of the process involved with working in the archives in their presentations was covered and would have been redundant to repeat what they had just presented. Instead, an adjustment was made to my presentation to cover what was not presented by my colleagues.
My presentation may not have been perfect, but all of what had been learned throughout this semester was regaled. After my presentation, two questions were asked of me. Professor French asked if I had the opportunity to meet Michael O’Shaughnessy. The truth is I had not, but my high school head coach, Dan Burke, was on the same team as Mr. O’Shaughnessy and my mother had sold Mr. O’Shaughnessy a car when she worked for a car dealership. The second question was asked by Professor Gannon regarding some biographical information on the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This question was butchered by me, but here presents an opportunity to rectify my mistake. The answer that should have been given is that the finding aids can be edited to include necessary information if need be.
After posing for a picture with Mr. Ogreten, Ms. Rubin, and the other interns and having a chat with Professor Gannon, the Showcase came to a close. The last tasks for the semester as an intern include this last review and my paper that will be turned in next week. Before closing this post, I would like to say a few words.
I had previously interned as an Archival Assistant at the Florida Historical Society in 2012. The lessons learned during this semester eclipses what was previously gained from my 2012 internship. As such, I want to put into practice what I have learned and continuing as a volunteer during my studies as a graduate student present the opportunity to do. For those who want to continue to follow my journey, then continue to follow this blog and the next post will be on Wednesday. If not, I extend my gratitude for sharing this experience with me and I wish everyone the best in their journey in life. Thank you.