August 9, 2018 – “Screeching Halt”

Hello, everyone!

Today brought some good news and bad news. The good news is the Commissioner Files have been relabeled and there was not a “déjà vu” moment like yesterday. The bad news is all progress on the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection has been brought to a screeching halt until further notice. I will do my best to explain the season why such a predicament has happened.

The morning started just like previous Thursdays as I met Courtney in the office. She had kindly brought Box 59 for me to resume my work while she continued hers. However, I decided to speak with her on the possibility of reorganizing the Correspondence Series (and the subseries within). In its current state, the folders in the subseries do need some sort of further reorganization. Mr. Benjamin overheard our conversation and offered some ideas of how to accomplish this goal.

Some of these ideas relied on reorganizing the folders alphabetically then chronologically or vice versa. Ultimately after this lengthy conversation of forty minutes, the decision was resolved with Mr. Benjamin having a discussion  with Mr. Ogreten on the best course of action. Mr. Ogreten is scheduled to return tomorrow, but neither Courtney or myself will be available. At the earliest, any action with the Correspondence Series would be on Monday. As such, no further work was done on the collection.

With progress halted, what options were available at the office to work on? While the Correspondence Series would not be worked on today, I did finish relabeling the Commissioner Files and I updated the spreadsheet to to reflect the current condition of the collection (the locations of all the folders are properly designated, mostly). Courtney has a side project involving a scrapbook, so she occupied herself  with it until my departure. I also examined the finding aids available for the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection to see what parts could be salvaged and what parts will be scrapped.

The current finding aids are very outdated, but do give a structural example of how the collection eventually will be presented. For those interested, the links will be provided (http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=117 and http://ucfarchon.fcla.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=117&q=). However, these links will not reflect what might replace them in the near future. To preserve them as they currently are displayed, pressing Alt and PrtSc/SysRq together will allow users to take a screenshot from their computer. Though, there is also the Wayback Machine on Archive.org but I am not sure how it works exactly.

After finishing the last slice of the cake Mr. Ogreten had brought last week, I bid farewell for the day to everyone at 12:00 PM and exited the building to go home. Hopefully, the Correspondence Series issue will be resolved with some clear direction on how to proceed. Until then, enjoy the weekend 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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