July 25, 2018 – “Exceeded Expectations”

Hello, everyone!

I am pleased to say that the results of my work exceeded expectations today! I had the goal of completing Box 40 and 41 of the George L. Stuart Collection, then perhaps work on Box 42. By the end of my shift, I not only accomplished my goal, I was able to complete Box 42 and start Box 43! Of course, the introductory paragraph does not explain all of the details, so the best course of is to start the report.

Before beginning the relabeling process, the first task I completed when I began my shift was to create a new timesheet for the upcoming week. The process did not take long (approximately two minutes, perhaps) and after saving the new time sheet, I retrieved Box 40 from the collection. Since I had already relabeled the majority of Box 40 yesterday, the remaining folders soon were soon given their appropriate labels in due time. Around 10:00 AM, I finished Box 40 and retrieved Box 41 after shelving Box 40.

While relabeling Box 41, I noticed that ample time was spent efficiently and was an encouraging sign that perhaps I would be able to accomplish my set goal. Box 41’s folders folders were relabeled without any difficulties (though some labels were specified regarding their contents as their original label seemed too vague). However, Box 42 had a surprise waiting for me.

Box 42, according to the Excel spread sheet, was when the “S” folders would end and the “T” folders would be begin. However, a few of the last “S” folders seemed to have eluded Courtney’s eye from the day before as I discovered a few of the remaining “S” folders were not in Box 42. After momentary pausing the relabeling process, I retrieved the missing folders from the collection with little difficulty. But to conserve space, the last folders in Box 42 were pushed to be the first folders in Box 43.

Despite the shuffling of the contents of the two boxes, the relabeling process continued without anymore interruptions. I exceeded my own goals for the day as I completed relabeling all the folders in Box 42 (and consequently all the “S” folders as well). Unfortunately, my shift ended as I relabeled the first folders in Box 43. After cleaning my work area and returning Box 43 to the carts, I bid everyone a wonderful rest of the afternoon and left for the day.

Tomorrow, Courtney will assist in retrieving folders to fill in Box 43 and undoubtedly fill in boxes beyond that. If she finishes the Senate Files series, then perhaps she can shuffle the remaining older boxes to downsize the collection further (eliminate some carts, too) while I am relabeling. But, tomorrow is uncertain. Until then, enjoy 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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