August 23, 2018 -“A Complex Situation”

Hello, everyone!

This day represented the beginning of a new series in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, the Multimedia Series. However, this series requires more than just relabeling the folders: due to the nature of the series, particular items also have to be accounted for and later processed to match the standards for the Special Collections. As such, completing this series might be more complicated than previously thought.

The first sign of how complex the situation regarding the Multimedia Series might be began as I spoke with Mr. Ogreten as I entered the office. Naturally, I wanted to know how he would prefer the series be organized before I started retrieving folders from the collection. Unexpectedly, Mr. Ogreten wanted the subseries to be in alphabetical order and wanted a countenance of certain items to be individually listed for the future finding aid (audio cassettes, for example). Some of these ideas were reminiscent to what was accomplished in the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection with the DVDs and other media. Regardless, the new changes meant that an overhaul needed be conducted on the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

The reorganizing of the spreadsheet took some time as the items and folders needed to be rebranded with their respectively designated subseries. The Newspaper Clippings subseries proved to be especially bothersome due to the great number of folders contained within it. Eventually, the task was completed.

Based on experience with the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection, I asked Mr. Ogreten regarding the magazines in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection and if they needed to be cataloged. After examining the magazines personally, Mr. Ogreten noted  that were a few that had been cataloged but there were ones that had not. He stated that the library staff has already a lot of work to do and these magazines would have to be cataloged when time becomes available for them. For now, the magazines would remain in the collection.

However, another subseries demanded my attention. Due to the alphabetical organization of the subseries, the Audio Subseries became the first subseries to be examined. The cassettes of ESOL Program Student Speeches that were mentioned in previous entries was gathered with an LP record of a song, “Florida” by the Sunshine Singers from 1985, three reels of recordings of George Stuart, Jr. from 1972 and 1986, and six cassettes that featured political ads for reelection, interviews Stuart had on radio shows, and an interview Doug Guetzloe (one of Stuart’s political opponents in 1986) had with radio host, Bev Smith. The group was separated between the reels and LP (with accompanying documentation) in one quarter box and the cassettes (with accompanying documentation) in another. But, some of the labels were too vague and needed further investigation.

Luckily, Mr. Ogreten helped find a working tape recorder that could play the cassettes. I did my best to solve the time origin when some these cassettes mentioned past events. To help solve the time placement of the recording even further, I tried searching the internet for clues. Among the searches conducted, I learned that George Stuart’s wife, Betty had passed away two years ago at the age of 68 due to brain cancer ( This sad piece of information certainly would have to be mentioned in the updated biography of Stuart in the finding aid, eventually.

I was listening to a interview George Stuart had while on the Central Florida Forum radio show when my allotted time came to a close. I did not see Courtney today and the reason being is she was scheduled to work from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. I contemplated on whether I should leave a note for her or not regarding the changes. I opted for the latter and plan on explaining to her the next time I see her regarding the new changes.

In review, the Excel spreadsheet had to be reorganized to Mr. Ogreten’s preferences, the Audio Subseries was examined, and more information about George Stuart, Jr. was obtained. Next week, more subseries will be examined and maybe folders will be relabeled not long after. 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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