July 5, 2018 – “Quarters And House Bills”

Hello, everyone!

To all my fellow Americans, hopefully the Independence Day celebrations were an enjoyable experience this year. But, the festivities are over and the time to resume normal operations has come. Yet, today also marks a milestone: at the conclusion of my work day, twenty-two boxes have been successfully processed and a quarter of the George L. Stuart Collection is in its final stages. But, not to let this excitement overwhelm the moment, an unexpected interruption delayed operations. Further details will be revealed with the report of the day’s events.

As I entered the office in the morning, I crossed paths with Courtney and greeted everyone before noticing the odd scene on display in the office. Apparently, some glass from picture frames may have been mishandled and shattered on the floor. Ms. Rubin and Mr. Ogreten were cleaning the area and placed the broken glass into a cardboard box that was marked “BROKEN GLASS.” When the area was cleared by the superiors, the rest of the staff returned to their computers.

Kryslynn graciously lent her computer space to Courtney and me to continue the George L. Stuart Collection. Resuming from Box 19, the folders dealt with House Bills. Not very surprising since George L. Stuart, Jr. was a state legislator. The last four or so folders in Box 19 and a good portion of 20 exclusively were House Bill proposals and related materials. Despite the numerous folders, they paled in comparison to the Senate Bills that will be encountered at a later date.

After the House Bills were relabeled, the pace continued to escalate as the “H,” “I,” and “J” folders sorted into Boxes 20, 21, and 22. Within this quickened process, Courtney also began merging smaller boxes to make room on the shelves for new ones. She has been a great help by retrieving the random files in the collection and placing them in the new boxes. Though I am tediously relabeling the folders and editing the spreadsheet accordingly, the time management between the both of us have made the process more efficient. But, there are some occasions that are beyond anyone’s control.

At approximately 1:35 PM, the fire alarm was triggered once more and everyone had evacuate the building. The next twenty-five minutes were spent in front of the University of Central Florida bookstore, the determined meeting location for such events. When the signal was given to safely return to the library, rain began to fall as we were approaching the main entrance. Needless to say, there were quite a few of us who got rained on.

When we returned to our duties, Box 22 was completed as Courtney had finished with the next group of folders. While she returned Box 22 to the shelves, I began Box 23. But, my time to leave for the day approached and I began cleaning my work area and saving appropriate files. I bid everyone farewell and thanked Courtney before I left.

With the report concluded, the next task for me next Monday is to complete Box 23 (after cleaning the fifth floor, of course). However, such work is next week’s worries. Until then, enjoy the weekend 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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