June 25, 2018 – “Mr. Clean”

Hello, everyone!

This week begins at the end of a rather busy birthday celebration weekend, but the time has come to once more record the events of another day at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives. Since the day was Monday, this meant the cleaning of the fifth floor silent study hall was my responsibility. Also, some troubling developments were brought to my attention regarding the current state of the George L. Stuart Collection. Rather than to continue teasing readers, now would be an appropriate time to begin the report of the days events.

As stated before, Mondays are the days where the responsibility of cleaning the fifth floor silent study hall is given to me. Luckily there is a community cart with some cleaning supplies in the hall, though there appeared to only be a spray bottle of water at the time. The bottle was used with paper towels to clean the pencil marks on the desks in the hall, but the ordeal was not efficient. My patience ran out and I returned the bottle, then went to ask David Benjamin where better cleaning supplies could be found.

Much to my surprise, David Benjamin and Kryslynn joined me. Mr. Benjamin had previously inspected the study hall and stated that the hall was especially messy. We used Lysol wipes (much more effective than paper towels) to effectively clean the desks. Reminiscent of a Mr. Clean commercial, the graphite markings and, thankfully, coffee stains were wiped clean and a refreshing scent was left behind. When we finished, we were thanked by David Benjamin and I went to resume my work on the George L. Stuart Collection.

Before retrieving the necessary boxes, I remembered I need to make edits to my future timesheet. After speaking with Ms. Rubin, I finally set my schedule after being reminded that working five hours or more warrants a mandatory thirty minute break. Mondays will have hours from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tuesdays will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wednesdays will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and Thursdays will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This schedule will take effect two weeks from now.

After taking care of my schedule, I refocused my attention to George L. Stuart Collection. My personal goal was to complete Box 6 by the end of the day, but I underestimated the amount of low-content folders that would be housed in the new Box 6. In fact, the task was not even finished when I left for the day.

While I was was slowly extracting the “C” folders from the Senate Files series, I was told of a disturbing development by Kae Lorentz when she came in the office. Apparently, Mr. Ogreten did not like the lack of consistency in the writing of the new labels for the folders, so Kae was told to stop labeling the folders. This means I have the sole responsibility of relabeling EVERY folder in the collection and at this stage, Kae cannot help me. She instead had work to be done on the first floor and though I would go down to ask her regarding some question about a couple of unfiled folders, I was on my own.

The time came for me to leave, so I returned the boxes and cleaned my work area. Tomorrow, we will be attempting a new strategy of sorting the collection that will make it easier to store them in new boxes. If this new strategy works, the details will be recorded on this blog. Until then, 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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