July 31, 2018 – “Campaign Season”

Hello, everyone!

As 2018 is a primary election year in many states, the appropriateness of the timing in beginning the the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection’s Campaign Files series is impeccable. Though not as large as the Senate File series (thankfully), the Campaign Series covers George L. Stuart, Jr.’s candidacy as he sought the offices of Insurance Commissioner, State Senator, and Governor of Florida. Some of these elections he won (his reelection in 1986, for example) and some he lost (most notable is his ill-fated bid for governor). Regardless, the series was the top priority for the day.

As I sat down at a computer to begin the day, both myself and Courtney were eager to begin sorting through the Campaign Series. After I printed a list for Courtney to fetch folders from, I searched the Microsoft Excel  spreadsheet and noted some of the folder names were vague (such as “Campaign”). Obviously, some investigation of the folder’s contents would help create a better label. Courtney returned with a box to be designated Box 46 and some folders to added to it.

As noted from past entries, I began relabeling folders as Courtney brought them from the collection. Of course, Courtney’s retrieval rate eventually surpassed my relabeling rate. But, I did not slack in my work despite this. At the end of the day, Boxes 46, 47, and 48 were completed. The sense of accomplishment after completing Box 48 was pleasing and well-deserved. But, there was a small obstacle that needed to be dealt with when Courtney was retrieving folders for Box 49.

In a past entry, I noted that Box 83 (from the old format) had three large folders and due their size, they could not be added to any other box. In order for them to fit in a box, the folders needed to be stacked on top of another. I had hoped that by the time this format reorganization finally reached these folders, the previous box would have conveniently ended right before them. Alas, this scenario did not unfold as desired.

Courtney consulted me on the course of action to be taken. Eventually, the course of action to be taken was to relabel Box 83 as Box 50 and all the folders listed behind them would be added to Box 49 and onto Box 51. With this plan implemented, the resorting of the collection continued. By the time I had to leave and Courtney left to be on lunch break, there were 51 boxes sorted (48 were relabeled) and one side of the designated shelf space for the collection was filled. Courtney stated she was going to continue retrieving folders when she returned, so the true number is unknown at the time of writing this entry.

Regardless, tomorrow’s goals are to finish relabeling folders in Boxes 49, 50 (should not take long), 51, and perhaps another box prepared by Courtney. At the rate of progress being made, the idea of finishing the Campaign Files series by the end of the week maybe is not as far-fetched to guess. Time will tell. Until tomorrow, 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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