June 13, 2018 – “Special Delivery”

Hello, everyone!

Once again, another entry to this blog has been dedicated to sorting through documents and adding them to the George L. Stuart Collection. Handling of the documents in the collection has been a learning experience of not just Stuart’s life, but can give a scope of how scheduled a politician’s career can be. Fortunately, I was not alone today in the sorting process as Joseph Kaminski helped (Kae was apparently still very sick from her cold and could not come in today). But, this was slightly interrupted as I had to help another colleague, Kryslynn Collazo, retrieve items and documents from Millican Hall for the University. To provide more commentary on these events, the best option is to begin the in-depth report.

As I entered the doors of the office, the main objective of the day was to close the “Orphan Box” (implement the documents within the box into appropriate folders of the collection) permanently. While documents from that box did find new folders to house them, there were some documents that had to be put aside until Kae could make a better judgement on where the documents should go. Unfortunately, I learned from Mr. Ogreten that Kae would be arriving much later than usually as she was still combating her cold (the situation did not improve as Mr. Ogreten later reported that Kae would not be coming in at all). While waiting for Kae’s source of authority that would never come, Joseph Kaminski was assigned to help until he had to leave.

While the stack was reduced significantly, the both of us still had to put aside some documents under the false assumption that Kae was going to arrive later. In the midst of such work, Mr. Ogreten added documents to other boxes that were not part of our scope. Mr. Ogreten also gave me a box related to materials George L. Stuart had related to Drexel Burnham Lambert. There were other documents already encountered in the collection related to the company, but other than finding George L. Stuart’s application, I still had no clue on what the connection was.

Mr. Ogreten provided a directory that Stuart was at one point a Vice President for Drexel Burnham Lambert. Based on this information, I searched for the company’s history. After reading what I found and finding correspondences with Lou Pearlman’s Airship International (another unscrupulous “company”) during Stuart’s campaign, Mr. Stuart had ties with some unsavory people. To curious readers, both Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Michael Milken and Lou Pearlman have dubious notoriety of being guilty of unethical (and illegal) business practices and fraud, respectively. To find links in the collection does raise questions of Stuart’s own knowledge, but such questions are best left to researchers. Some of these documents were added to Box 77, as the box had enough space for them, with the spreadsheet updated to reflect such (though, Kae will have to assign which series these folders belong to).

Around 10:00 AM, Kryslynn Collazo reminded me that we were to retrieve collection items and documents from Milican Hall regarding its namesake, former President of the University of Central Florida Charles Milican. After a small delay with whether or not to bring six empty boxes (a thought that boxes would be provided at Milican Hall entered the conversation), we brought the boxes with us to Milican Hall just in case (smart move). As we exited the third floor elevator, we met with Joe Adams (his position escapes me at the moment), who revealed some of the items being transferred to the University Archives (including a picture of President Milican with United States President Richard Nixon on the campus). He noted that due to poor picture documentation (apparently, the staff were photographing which documents were being sent to the archives), only a portion of the collection was being transferred today and the rest would be transferred some time next week.

After assembling the boxes necessary (three of them, later four), the items were carefully placed inside and onto the cart that was brought with us. When the items were safely positioned, we bid farewell to Mr. Adams and returned to the library. The experience was not exactly without any problem as I embarrassingly struggled to assemble the boxes. Still, the job was done and I returned to the George L. Stuart Collection.

At this point, I was still waiting for Kae to show up (in vain, evidently) as I worked through the remaining “orphaned” documents. Alas, the task remains unfinished. I was told by Mr. Ogreten that Kae was going to show up tomorrow and hopefully she will. Whether or not these “orphans” are housed tomorrow or not will not be known until then.

With The report for today concluded, this blog entry has also reached its end. Enjoy the rest of the evening 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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