August 8, 2018 – “Post-Campaign Wrap”

Hello, everyone!

Though the weather has been clear and sunny, I am very thankful for the air conditioning in the library. Despite the comfort, my hands have been stressed as I continued to relabel the folders in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. Luckily, a managed to complete the Campaign Files Series and relabeled half of the Commissioner Files Series. But, these highlights do not justify the experience and so the best option is to report the details!

In a seemingly déjà vu moment, much of today’s overall scope was similar to yesterday: Mr. Benjamin and Ms. Rubin were not in the office until much later in the morning, very few OPS members were in the office as well, and Chris Saclolo and Rebecca Hammond were the only staff available. Such strange turn of events. I assumed that the other staff members were at Oviedo again, but I was not notified with such confirmation. Nonetheless, I resumed relabling folders in Box 57.

As noted yesterday, most of Box 57 is comprised of speeches George L. Stuart, Jr. made while he was campaigning for his respective offices during his political career. Though I managed to clarify some vague labels for some of the speeches, most were left untouched. Eventually, I managed to finish Box 57 and move on to Box 58.

As expected, Box 58 officially ended the Campaign Files series. The satisfaction of relabeling the last folder in that series was enough motivation to ensure the task was completed. However, though the Campaign Files series wrapped up in Box 58, the box itself had the first files of the next series: the Commissioner Files! These files relate to Stuart’s early political career as insurance commissioner in the 1970s. Though the series is a rather series, there was not enough room in Box 58 to place all of the folders inside it.

Thankfully, I managed to complete Box 58 and move onto to Box 59. Box 59 contains the remaining folders to the Commissioner Files series. However, this box also contains the next series: the Correspondence Series. Unlike the other series, this series had to be divided into subseries due to the nature of its contents. As such, a conversation with Courtney might be necessary in order to best plan a more simplified organization of this complex series. But, this conversation will have to wait until tomorrow.

To review, I completed Boxes 57 and 58, then began Box 59. Unfortunately, I did not finish the Commissioner Files series before my departure. My objectives tomorrow then will be to finish the Commissioner Files, discuss with Courtney possible organization methods of the Correspondence series, then implement the best strategy. Whatever occurs, the results will be posted in the next entry. Until then, enjoy the rest of the afternoon 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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