June 1, 2018 – “The Fruit of Progress”

Hello, everyone!

Today was one of the uncommon moments in my work schedule that the quota of required hours were shifted to accommodate the lost work day due to Memorial Day. Instead of a short work day, the hours were extended to six hours than usual. However, as I completed my time sheet for the next two weeks, it was apparent that my Friday hours needed to be extended to three hours. So, my new Friday hours will be 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM from this point forward (save for missed days, to which I will work more than that ). With such an announcement made, the time has come once more to report on the day’s activities.

The first activity was, as it was the start of a new period, to create a new time sheet. I have not printed it out, yet, but certainly by next Friday it will printed and signed. At the same time, I was expecting Mr. Benjamin to explain the procedures to my new responsibilities and this never occurred (I will try to remind him on Monday). Mr. Ogreten was at the office today and we spoke about the Howard W. Eves Audio Cassette Collection (name pending). He said he was meeting with Mr. Benjamin at 3:30 PM and they would discuss the options about the collection, thus no work was done with it today.

The majority of my work was once again on the George L. Stuart Collection. After returning from a fifteen minute break, I was surprised to be greeted by Kae Lorentz. With her arrival, we immediately continued where we left off from yesterday.

Merging folder is not as simple as one might think. Factors that have be considered include the topic of the folder, the amount of space the folders can hold, and what the box that contains them can endure. A folder can only hold so much, so discretion on the content of the folder has to be observed (if two large folders, despite having a common theme, look as though their contents would spill it out, perhaps it would be wise not merge them). Likewise, the structural integrity of their box could be compromised if too much content is placed inside of it. Thus, the process can be sluggish at times.

Nonetheless, the effort put forth yielded extraordinary results. The rate seemed to have increased as we scoured through batches of five boxes at a time. At the end of the day, we began with twenty-five boxes searched through from the entire week and had forty boxes inspected as a result. That is half of the collection. This maybe just the second step of processing the collection, but it has been grueling to wade through it (there will be a sigh of relief to have completed this step).

During one of my breaks, I decided to take action regarding sources for my thesis. For the past week, Mr. Ogreten had a book on his desk titled Early Years of the Florida Division United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1896-1921 that was written and published by Cathryn Garth Lancaster in 1983. I learned it had been processed and is now part of the Special Collections catalogue (http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/cf.jsp?ix=nu&st=12649628&V=D&S=0581527906080731&I=0#top) and asked if I could scan a couple of pages after finding information about the Olustee Monument (part of my thesis). Thankfully, I was granted permission but I had to have scan emailed to me by Mr. Ogreten.

So, to end this post on a high note, forty boxes had folders merged, the finding aid to the Howard W. Eves Audio Cassette Collection (name pending) is all but completed, and a new pay cycle has begun. Yet, I expect on Monday to be just as eventful. Until then, 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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