August 29, 2018 – “Special Delivery”

Hello, everyone!

There is a status report to note before detailing the events of today, so an attempt will be made to be concise as possible. Since Monday, the Special Collections have been covered by tarps and may remain in place longer than anticipated. A conversation with Mr. Ogreten and Mr. Benjamin revealed that the cause of the leak has not been discovered or disclosed, but hopefully the necessary repairs are made once the cause is known. Aside having to move the tarp in order to access the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection boxes, the inconvenient situation should not impede with progress with the collection itself. On that note, the report of today’s events can proceed.

Resuming from yesterday’s stopping point, I was labeling a cover for one of the floppy disks when Mr. Ogreten asked for me to accompany him in delivering a painting to Millican Hall. Apparently, the painting titled Oscar (the painting depicts a cat) was created by Dale Whittaker, the current president of the University of Central Florida, and a request was made to temporarily move the painting to Millican Hall. My task was mainly to open doors and such for Mr. Ogreten as he personally handled the painting.

While delivering the painting itself was not difficult, the painting was part of the Hidden Artists Exhibit on the second floor (https://library.ucf.edu/news/hidden-artists-exhibit/) and a gap was created when the painting was removed. After delivering the painting to Millican Hall, we returned to the office to retrieve a hammer and a piece of tape to place as a marker for where the hook was for the painting. Removing the hook was not difficult as Mr. Ogreten removed the fasteners with the teeth of the hammer and I placed the tape where the hook once was. Fortunately, the text box for the gallery was large enough to fill in the gap and, in an impressive feat, Mr. Ogreten managed to level the text box in one attempt!

With the momentary delivery duty (and the aftermath) settled, my attention returned to the Digital Subseries. The Excel spreadsheet did not have entries for the contents of the “Computer Disc” Box (formerly Box 51) and I had to document all of the items inside. Of course, loose floppy discs and the like had to be listed individually. But thankfully, Mr. Ogreten allowed cased sets to be their own entry rather than the content inside them. As such, the subseries was finally set in place once the last folder related to it was placed in Box 68 and the former Box 51 was renamed Box 69.

Box 68 still had room for some of the Magazine Subseries folders to be included and after relabeling two folders, the subseries was continued into Box 70. Box 70 not only completed the Magazine Subseries, but also the Newspaper Subseries (as in intact newspapers). The Newspaper Subseries had been purged (details of which can be found in a previous post) and some of the contents were placed in the Oversized Box (a box that needs to be examined soon as well). These two subseries were only the precursor to the bulk of the Multimedia Files Series: the Newspaper Clippings Subseries.

Much like the Correspondence Series, the Newspaper Clippings Subseries is to be organized chronologically. Earlier dated folders in the subseries are few and can be retrieved without any difficulty. However, folders dated from 1987 onward are much more numerous and further discernment is required in organizing them chronologically. Unfortunately, the luxury of having Courtney retrieving folders from the remaining collection is not applicable due to her new schedule. In the midst of retrieving folders (and editing the spreadsheet accordingly) for Box 70, my shift came to an end and I left a very empty office for the day.

In review, a painting was delivered, two subseries were completed and the largest subseries in the Multimedia Files Series was reached. Tomorrow, Box 70 will probably be filled and relabeled, but now choice of moving on to Box 71 or the Oversized Box has presented itself. If both are completed by the end of the day, that would be the best case scenario. 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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