July 18, 2018 – “Failed Expectations”

Hello, everyone.

There comes a time when personal goals that are set do not come to pass for one reason or another. Unfortunately, today was one of those times. The goal for today’s work was to complete Boxes 34 and 35, then possibly start Box 36 of The George L. Stuart Collection. Only one of those goals were met due to hindrances along the way.

After retrieving Box 34 from the cart I previously left it, I continued relabeling folders with my vision clear and my confidence that the task before me would be completed by the end of my shift. But,  some problems appeared that derailed my pace. One of which was hunting seemingly missing documents. As previously mentioned, there have have been instances of some documents disappearing, either they were misplaced or when they were merged with another folder and the spreadsheet was not updated to reflect this change. The “missing documents” encountered in Box 34, however, were not missing at all.

These documents had been rearranged, unintentionally, in Box 34 but I had spent valuable time fruitlessly searching for the documents in the original boxes that they came from. Also, a folder was picked up by mistake yesterday and I had to exchange it for the right folder (I can sympathize as I, too, have reached to grab something and accidentally picked up the item that was right next to it in my lifetime). Finally, there was a folder that was mislabeled and time had to be taken to correct everything accordingly. If these instances were not annoying enough, the pencil I was using to relabel folders kept breaking.

In addition to these woes, Box 34 was filled with folders with smaller content. As such, I underestimated how long it would take me to finish it. After two hours and thirty minutes, the deed was done but I was concerned that I would not be able to finish Box 35. My concerns were justified as many of the some woes I faced in Box 34 manifested themselves in Box 35. In short, I left the archives at 1:00 PM with failed expectations and a writer’s cramp.

With the brisk pace Courtney has in retrieving folders, the disadvantage I will have will be significant. Hopefully, I do not lag too far behind as a result. 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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