December 13, 2017 – “An Early Gift”

Hello, everyone!

Though the semester may be over, there was still some work to be done at the archives.There was a small bit of activity done last Friday, but there was not a lot to make into a full post. I have decided to include those activities in this post as the activities directly relate to today’s events.

First, a note needs to be made in regards to Paul H. Till’s The Military Awards of the Empire State. The interlibrary loan system sent an email stating the book was available for pick up last Thursday and I arrived on campus last Friday morning to pick it up to begin filling in the pieces in the biography of the medals. Unfortunately, the printer that I had usually scanned pages was not functioning properly and thus a need to get the task accomplished became dire. Fortunately, Renata, who usually sits at the front computer, took me to the third floor scanner and gave instructions on how to use it. The best feature of the scanner was the ability to send the scanned images through email and I was able to send myself the images to be printed by one of the other printers. With scans printed out and added to the processed file for the World War I Medal Collection, the final phase was eminent.

Today was the day where the final steps were made in processing the collection. The official name of the collection had been decided as the Joseph Fleischmann World War I Medal Collection. Mr. Fleischmann lived in Queens, New York when he enlisted for military service in 1917 and served overseas in the European Theater until the war’s end. He was discharged from service in May of 1919 and lived until the 1980s. The medals were donated to the Special Collections by his great nephew in 2011. With the official designation, the finding aid could be prepared.

The finding aid itself did not provide much difficulty in preparing after following the template. The only issue that broke the code was the reoccurring annoyance of the ampersand symbol. I had caught one before finishing the coding, but there was a second one that had eluded my notice. But, with Mr. Ogreten’s help, the situation was rectified along with other edits. Mr. Ogreten was pleased with the finding aid’s completion by stating it was an early Christmas gift for him before the end of the year to add the collection to the list of completed collections. However, there three more tasks to complete.

The actual box that houses the medals needed a label, the processed file also needed a label, and the guide for the physical archives needed to be updated to include the collection. Mr. Ogreten updated the latter himself and I simply returned the guide to where it belonged. The label for the collection box was not difficult to prepare and print out, either. Said label was placed on the spine of the box after taking inspiration from the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection box. The final task was making the label for the processed file.

Unlike the simplicity of the other remaining tasks, this label required a bit more work as the typewriter was needed. I had not used it for weeks, but everything I learned came to mind after some pointers by Mr. Ogreten. There was some concern whether the name of the collection would be to fit on the label itself. But after making a few suggestions, the name was able to make a snug fit. After applying the label to the folder, the deed was done.

Also, the staff celebrated Mary Rubin’s birthday (though it is actually on Saturday, but the library will be closed by then) and there was much food to consume. If you happen to come across this blog post, Happy Birthday, Ms. Rubin! It was nice to hear what everyone’s holiday plans were before the break. Before 1:00 PM, everything was cleaned up before the end of the day.

Everything done for the Joseph Fleischmann World War I Medal Collection serves an excellent punctuation to the close of the year. As noted in an earlier post, library will be closed for the rest of the year following Friday. So, this will be the last day I volunteer at the archives in 2017. This means there will be no more blog posts until January of 2018. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 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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