July 12, 2018 – “Unearthed Discovery”

Hello, everyone!

The tedious sorting of the George L. Stuart Collection continued this day, but as today is Thursday I had help from Courtney. While the overall methods have not changed, a content milestone has been reached. Box 31 is the box where the Senate Bills begin. After glancing through the related documents, three boxes could be a safe assumption as to how many boxes would be needed to contain the Senate Bill documents. Nonetheless, there were some interesting discoveries unearthed during the usual proceedings, but these details will be explained further in the report.

As a reminder, Thursdays are the days when my work hours are reduced. Yet, this fact did not deter my efforts as I was focused on completing more than one box. When I entered the office, I was surprised to see Courtney already there (usually she arrives slightly after me). While she was finishing the task she was working on, I retrieved Box 28.

Not long after, a computer was freed for me to use. Part of the routine that Courtney and I developed includes printing a list of documents from the Excel spreadsheet for her to reference as she retrieved said documents. With a new list, Courtney began retrieving documents as I resumed relabeling documents.

As I relabeled the folders and eventually reached the “P” folders in the Senate Files series, Courtney approached me with a curious discovery. She had accidentally pulled an unrelated folder from a box and I tried searching fort it on the spreadsheet, but the results revealed the folder did not have an entry. After examining the folder’s contents, I determined the folder belonged to the Senate Files series.

Box 12 (the new version) was retrieved and the wayward folder was placed  alphabetically inside. With such a distraction removed, my focus returned to relabeling folders. By the time I left for the day, Boxes 28 and 29 were completed and Boxes 30 and 31 were being respectively worked on. When time for me to leave did come to pass, I told Courtney that she could finish the list she was on and I would finish boxes 30 and 31 on Monday. She complied and a bid my farewells and exited the office for the day.

So, as Boxes 30 and 31 were being filled with Senate Files documents, a safe estimation could be made that a third of the collection will be devoted to Senate Files. The very thought of half of the collection is related to the series is outstanding, but as such has yet to bee seen. Nonetheless, there is still work to be done. For now, 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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