March 28, 2018 – “Cipher Numeral System and Staple Removal”

Hello, everyone!

There is a very important announcement to make before recalling today’s events: Ms. Rubin called me into her office and presented me if the news that the department is considering on hiring me. This is an expected and pleasant surprise! I get to do what I want to do in life and get paid for it. I honestly was expecting to hunt for a position following graduation, but now the opportunity has presented itself.

I only know a few details. I know the position will offer minimum wage ($8.00) per hour and I will be working between fifteen to twenty hours a week. However, nothing is set in stone: this consideration comes as a result of members of the staff seeking job opportunities elsewhere  and/or graduating soon. The department will not able to hire me until at least July and I have no idea if this leads me to be able get a wavier for financial aid. This might not be the final destination, but I take comfort that this opportunity allows me to gain more experience in the field (and get paid along the away) and, taking inspiration from Michael O’Shaughnessy, allows me to give back to the institution from which I hope to earn my master’s degree from.

While I will be sure to update this blog on more details on this prospect, the original purpose of making a record of my time working in the archive as a student will continue. With that in mind, now would be an appropriate time to recall the events of the day.

Aside from this spectacular news, I was also informed that there was sort of film shoot happening in the research room and therefor I was cut off from obtaining headphones to listen to the Howard Eves Collection. I was then temporarily reassigned to help with the processing of the George L. Stuart Collection. George L. Stuart was the Orlando City Commissioner from 1972 to 1978, served in the Florida Senate from 1978 to 1989, and made an unsuccessful run for governor in 1990.

Much of what my task entailed was removing staples and paper clips from the documents from a certain folder. The folder in question mostly contained business cards, campaign contributions, and related documents. I may have mentioned this before, but the reason why the staples and the paper clips had to be removed is because that the were made out of metal and will rust, thus cause rust stains on the documents. So, I found a staple removal tool and spent most of that time removing staples. Any documents formerly stapled or held by a metal paper clip received a plastic paper clip instead.

While doing this, I placed the business cards into plastic sleeves and threw away the extra paper they were stapled to (no worry, there was nothing written on these papers beside the name of the county Tallahassee resides in, Leon). When the film shoot eventually ended, I made sure I finished the folder before resuming my work with the Howard Eves Collection. I did not want to leave it half finished as doing so would poorly of my own character.

As for the Howard Eves Collection, I resumed where I left off on set three. By starting twenty-two minutes into the recording, the quality was significantly better than the unintelligible mess prior to that mark. It was towards the end did I realize that both discs for set three combined only contained recordings of the same events (two times on the first disc, once on the second). A bit of a disappointment, really.

Disc four, however, did not disappoint. The recording began with Dr. Eves resuming his lecture on the evolution of numeral systems and the subject on this recording was the Cipher Numeral System, which was developed by the Greeks. It was such a fascinating discussion that at several points, I forgot to record the time stamps in my notes. Nevertheless, I  pressed onward.

Unfortunately, my time was cut short as Ms. Rubin informed us that the department was going to close early due to a guest lecture by Glenn M. Stein, historian, former cartoonist, and the author of Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition (https://www.amazon.com/Discovering-North-West-Passage-Investigator-Expedition/dp/0786477083). I joined the staff to listen to Mr. Stein’s lecture regarding the McClure Expedition to discover the North-West Passage in the Arctic Region of North America and his own personal journey to retrace the steps of the expedition. As someone wanting to advance their degree in the field, it was nice to hear from someone who had gone to great lengths for his research. Not to mention, some of Mr. Stein’s cartoons are stored in the archives (http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=116&q=). I thanked Mr. Stein for sharing his experience before leaving the library to prepare for the rest of the evening.

Thus, this recollection comes to a close. I will be sure to update the blog in regards to my potential hiring and certainly my unofficial class with the late Dr. Howard Eves will continue. It is unknown what next week will have in store, but the events will be recorded here. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the weekend. 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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