June 12, 2018 – “George L. Stuart, Jr.’s Box of Orphaned Documents”


In the high temperatures of the Florida summer, the work of an archivist is one that never ceases (thankfully, air conditioning is a comfort for those who are mercilessly under the gaze of the sun). There are no  announcements to make at the moment, but tomorrow can bring unexpected surprises. With that disclaimer provided, the report can begin.

Before starting my work for the day, I inspected the fifth floor silent study hall (nothing prompted me to do so, but I felt I needed to start getting into the habit). Fortunately, nothing out of the ordinary seemed to stand out. After being satisfied, I returned to the office to resume the work on the George L. Stuart Collection.

At the current stage of organizing this massive collection, the merging of files should be completed. However, Mr. Ogreten had given me a stack of documents that needed to be integrated into the collection. Since the documents did not have a container at the time, they were placed into a quarter box temporarily until those document were placed in more suitable folders. This quarter box can be called the “George L. Stuart, Jr.’s Box of Orphaned Documents” for the time being. Continuing from yesterday, these documents were being slowly added to the collection.

This side assignment was the chief focus of today’s work. Unlike yesterday, Kae came in to work but she had a cold. As a result, the physicality involved in removing from and replacing boxes on their appropriate shelves was conducted by myself. This was not a bother as I tried frame the experience as a sort of exercise. While I had a break approximately at 10:15 AM, Mr. Ogreten had taken the time to inform Kae of the current situation.

After returning from my break, a final option to merge some files was provided but Kae felt the collection fine at the moment. So, the merging process has been completed for the time being. Thus, integrating “George L. Stuart, Jr.’s Box of Orphaned Documents” became top priority. With Kae’s familiarity with collection, finding folders for these “Orphaned Documents” became a simpler task. However, Box 22 became a reoccurring box that had to be brought out.

For some reason, the folders in Box 22 were diverse enough where multiple documents were added to it. This frequency was convincing enough to keep Box 22 on the table until I left for the day. Fortunately, this box’s shelf was on the very bottom and a ladder is not need to reach it.

The documents varied: bill propositions, voting records, campaign contributions, letters written by George L. Stuart (or letters written to him), and newspaper clippings. Eventually, a good number of these “Orphaned Documents” were placed in appropriate folders. Unfortunately, the task was not finished and will be one of the objectives to be completed for tomorrow. After saying farewell, I washed my hands (due to Kae being sick) and left for the day.

The report may be a little shorter than normal (again, lack other activities), but there was enough work to be kept busy. The work tomorrow will hopefully close the “orphanage” down as these documents are placed in new folders. Until then, enjoy the rest of the afternoon and stay safe! 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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