August 1, 2018 – “Unrestrained Ambitions”

Hello, everyone!

The archives were rather quiet today. The interns  who had joined for the Summer Semester seemingly completed their required hours (although, at least one of them were staying as a volunteer after this semester or was hired. I am not entirely sure on the details). Mr. Ogreten was in for today, but made clear the next time he would be in the office would be August 9 or 10. Aside from these observations, the work done proceeded without inhibitions.

Before settling down and resuming the relabeling of the folders in the George L. Stuart Collection, I sampled a piece of cake that Mr. Ogreten brought with him (the cake was available to anyone who wanted a piece) and some cookies Mr. Benjamin had baked. After drinking some Mountain Dew to wash down the dry cake, I cleaned the table and went to retrieve Box 49 from the collection. As I was retrieving the box, I noticed Courtney’s progress: she had Boxes 52 and 53 ready and was still gathering folders for Box 54. Immediately, I came to the conclusion that I was not going to be able to reach Box 54, but I was at least going to reach Box 52.

With my goal clarified, I began relabeling the folders in Box 49. As stated yesterday, Box 49’s contents had to be maneuvered due to the nature of the Campaign Volunteer Address Lists. Thus, the lists were going to be Box 50. When I did relabel the list folders, I was reminded of the reason these lists were placed in a box by themselves: One of the lists is so massive that there is no folder that can hold it (I had the mistaken idea that I could place the remaining list in several folders until I discovered that the list was interconnected).

After relabeling the contents of Boxes 49 and 50, the two boxes were placed at the top of the backside of the shelves that stored the whole collection. Eventually, I completed Box 51 and the top row was filled in. As the time on the clock had become 12:00 PM, I knew that attempting to complete Box 53 would be impossible. Instead, the alternate goal of completing Box 52 was a more attainable option. By 1:00 PM, I was approximately sixty percent of achieving that goal. Though I did not succeed in completing Box 52, the progress made today was still very satisfying.

So, the agenda for tomorrow is to finish Boxes 52, 53, and 54. Exactly how many boxes Courtney’s unrestrained ambitions will prepare is unknown, but a good estimation would be Boxes 55, 56, and perhaps 57 will be ready by the end of tomorrow. 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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