Thursdays may be the days with the shortest amount of hours, but in light of such a fact lies the potential to accomplish great feats. Today was one of those Thursdays. I happy to announce that all the Senate Files series of the George L. Stuart Collection have been sorted in alphabetical order and the grand total of boxes that the series consist of is 45 (over half of the entire collection)! Despite this major accomplishment, there were some obstacles that did not allow me to finish the series entirely (relabeling the folders).
As I was walking into the office this morning, I knew that Box 43 and 44 were next to fill and relabel. After talking with Courtney and reporting the current state of the collection, I retrieved Box 43 and resumed the relabeling process. Also, I made sure Courtney had a list of folders to retrieve on a consistent basis during the course of the day. Eventually, Box 43 was finished and shelved.
Box 44 proved to be a hassle. I was in the middle of relabeling a group of “Travel Expenses” folders when I had the idea of merging some of the contents of one folder to chronological match the rest of the group. This proved costly in time as the amount still left in my shift was consumed sorting the contents of the group. Nonetheless, I managed to finish sorting.
During this time, I made the last list for Courtney. There was a collective surge of excitement over the fact the end of the series had been reached. I quietly lamented that I would be able to finish relabeling the folders in Boxes 44 and 45 by the day’s end. When Courtney finished retrieving all the folders, I suggested since the processing is in a transition period, now would be a great time to downsize the remaining boxes in the collection. Certainly, this would allow less boxes to retrieve folders from and free more space on the shelves for the collection.As such, Courtney agreed and proceeded to downsize the collection even further.
Aside from the work attached with the George L. Stuart Collection, there were some other announcements. Since the end of the summer semesters are approaching, the interns are preparing there presentations. Mr. Ogreten directed them to me and I gave them some advice to relax and just talk about they had learned, but try not to repeat everything the others might say (make a statement to indicate everything the other interns learned was a shared experience). But, the most startling piece of information came when Ms. Rubin shared that she had applied for a library position and she may or may not be the Senior Archivist for the University Archives by the fall semester.
Whether Ms. Rubin gets the position or not, she has been a great mentor. I have learned much from her and Mr. Ogreten as documented in this very blog. I sincerely wish her the best, regardless.
On that note, Monday’s work becomes clear: finish relabeling the folders in Boxes 44 and 45! Maybe begin Box 46 with the Campaign Files series (this might be Tuesday’s work). Until then, enjoy the weekend and stay safe! Bye!