Hopefully the week has been pleasant for everyone since the last time I posted. However, it is time once more to recount how today’s events went at the University of Central Florida Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. There are important updates regarding the Ed Gantner Collection, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection, and the Arthur S. Barclay Collection that were either implemented or they will be implemented soon. Those updates revolve around on what happened today. So without further delay, this post will start with events that happened much earlier this week.
Good tidings awaited me this week as I received an email from the interlibray loan center on Monday that the volumes of the Minutes of the Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy I requested were awaiting pick up. Finally, I would be able to put in some missing details regarding the history of the World War II Cross of Military Service. So, when I arrived on campus in the morning I stopped at the circulation desk to pick up the volumes before heading to the fifth floor.
The first activity of the day after “logging in” was peruse the volumes for the pertinent information I sought then scan the pages for copying. After making the copies, I returned the volumes to the circulation desk and went back up to the fifth floor. I then began working on coding the new information for the finding aid and admittedly there were some mistakes made that were quickly corrected. No harm, no foul.
Mr. Ogreten was informed of this progress and he replied that he would have the corrections edited in by the end of the week. I can honestly say that I have done all I can with this collection. I know the Vietnam War Cross of Military Service section will be skimpy and that will be the only thing that will not be fleshed out, but I looked through the appropriate Minutes volumes that should have had anything to do with the history of the medal and found very little information regarding it. It was bizarre in comparison to the earlier medals. But, all I have to say now if there any missing details, they’ll have to be applied by someone else in the future.
Moving on to the Ed Gantner Collection, I have fantastic news! Ms. Rubin made due by what she said last week and I am pleased to report that the Ed Gantner Collection Finding Aid is now online. As promised, here is the links to it: (http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=244) and (http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=244&q=). Feel free to check them out! Its another entry to my curriculum vitae (an advanced version of a resume) for sure.
As for the Arthur S. Barclay Collection, the work done on it mostly was sorting through the collection. The biographical data was placed in a blue folder that will eventually be placed in the processed file cabinet, tried to chronologically assemble the contents of the collection, and then sorting the contents to make the collection more concise (“trimming the fat”). I eliminated an excess folder by placing a slide and its corresponding picture in with slides that Dr. Barclay’s parents owned before Dr. Barclay come into possession of them. Most of the slides feature Dr. Barclay visiting his relatives in Potomac, Maryland from 1966 to 1971. I just rearranged the slides chronologically and added anything that was not related to his studies to that folder.
I also scanned the photographs of Dr. Barclay’s vehicle and sent the images to the Society of Automotive Historians’ President – Louis F. Fourie. Whether Mr. Fourie will respond or not, I have no clue. I have a hypothesis that the photographs are from November or December 1961, based on patterns I saw with the other slides. Hopefully, time will tell. I had finished sorting the slides when I noticed it was time leave, so I did after “logging off” and collecting belongs.
So, that ends this recollection. Be sure to check out the Ed Gantner Collection Finding Aid and stay tuned for next week as more processing continues on the Arthur S. Barclay Collection. Please take care during weekend and enjoy it. Bye!