August 7, 2018 – “Unusual Happenstances”

Hello, everyone!

While there are no special announcements to make, today was one of unusual happenstances. To begin with, Chris Saclolo and Rebecca Hammond were the only staff in the office during the morning as Mr. Benjamin and Ms. Rubin were in Oviedo, Florida prospecting a potential collection (a collection that I will perhaps be working on in the near future). Courtney was not in the office when I arrived, instead she was sitting in the silent study hall and joined me. Also, my timesheet had not been signed by Ms. Rubin and I gave it to Mr. Benjamin instead when he returned from Oviedo. Luckily, these were the only circumstances that were not based on normal daily procedures and did not interfere with the rest of my work.

After meeting up with Courtney, I retrieved Box 56 from the George L. Stuart Collection and resumed the relabeling process. Courtney, of course, continued reorganizing the rest of the collection to conform to the new standards. While I was relabeling folders, Courtney managed to finish sorting through the Campaign Files series (which ends at Box 58, I believe) and the Commissioner Files series (only less than thirty folders) before settling in the Correspondence series. In total, she had either reached Box 63 or Box 64 by the time of my departure. A very impressive feat, but perhaps when I eventually reach the Correspondence series a better solution might be used.

The labels of the Correspondence series can lead to some confusion due to their vagueness, so I had hoped the issue would be rectified by adding the months into the label. However, I may have to dig deeper in regards to the topics covered in the correspondences or resort to chronologically sort through all of the folders with in each subseries. The latter is not an appealing prospect, but how the series is currently organized does not meet ideal standards.

Yet, as I completed Box 56 and moved on to Box 57, Courtney brought to my attention more folders that either have gone missing (or more likely absorbed into another folder with similar topic contents). Hopefully, some of these folders are able to be found as the collection is thinned down. All I could do for now is mark them in the spreadsheet to signify their disappearance.

Once again, I seemed to underestimate the contents of a box’s volume as I began relabeling the folders that contained the various speeches Senator Stuart made during the campaign. In fact, most of Box 57 contained Senator Stuart’s campaign speeches. As I continued to relabel the folders, I became convinced more than ever that I am developing a writer’s cramp as my fingers are becoming sore and my knuckles were hurting. I have no choice but to just endure it until the end.

While I completed half of Box 57, Courtney had six boxes waiting for me after Box 57. There was no conceivable option where I would be able reach that amount in a single setting. Around 12:30 PM, I shelved those boxes in their appropriate locations for the time being (there was not any space available, otherwise). When it was time for me to leave, I knew tomorrow’s goal would be to finish the Campaign Series (and the Commissioner Files, too). Certainly, this goal will be met by the end of the week.

To review, Box 56 was completed and half of Box 57 still has to be relabeled. Boxes 58 through 63 await to have their folders relabeled and Courtney is almost through the Correspondence series. Tomorrow offers the opportunity for me to somewhat cath up, though. 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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