July 17, 2018 – “Confirmed Patterns”

Welcome, everyone!

While there are no announcements to make, the day’s activities confirmed previously suspected patterns regarding the George L. Stuart Collection. I had previously guessed that the Senate Bill folders alone would consist of three or four boxes and this suspicion was confirmed today. All the enthralling details will be explained in the following report.

When I entered the office in the morning, Courtney was sitting at a computer working on a side project (or is her contributions to the George L. Stuart Collection the side project?). After exchanging greetings, I discussed with her the status of the George L. Stuart Collection and we were to begin Box 32. After retrieving a box to be designated Box 32, Courtney was given a printed list of which folders were to be placed inside. When she returned with folders, I began to relabel them.

This process continued until Box 32, Box 33, Box 34, and Box 35 were created and filled (or being filled). The relabeling process took longer to wade through the folders as some difficulties were encountered. I resorted some the folders to better organize the collection and detours such as these slowed my progress. But, the most annoying, time consuming issue was searching for a folder that was missing from the spreadsheet (a reoccurring dilemma). Some of these wayward folders were found, while others were presumed to added to the contents of another collection. As such, only Box 32 and Box 33 were completed before I left.

Missing folders (or rather misplaced folders) are a bothersome issue. There must have been some miscommunication between myself and Kae while we were combining files. I cannot think of another explanation as to why these incidents keep reoccurring. Hopefully, some of these folders will be encountered as the collection is significantly thinned.

Despite these problems, tomorrow’s work has been set forth. Boxes 34 and 35 need to have their contents relabeled (and more folders placed inside Box 35). If Box 36 can be reached, then significant progress will be made (not sure if the Senate Bill folders will be done by then, though). Still, nearly half of the collection consists of the Senate Files series (the largest series)! When this part of the processing began, I did not think that this would be the case. I knew the series would take a significant portion of the collection, but not by this much.

To end this rant and report, Boxes 34 and 35 are prioritized for tomorrow, but should they be completed and there is some time left then Box 36 will be initiated. Until then, 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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