August 30, 2018 – “The Absence of Benefits”

Hello, everyone!

The recent water leak incident in the Special Collections still has not been entirely resolved. The tarps are still in place and everything that would have been on their appropriate shelves are still in their temporary residences. Still, these circumstances did not impede any progress on the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. The culprit of any sluggish work rate can be attributed to the absence of the benefit of Courtney retrieving folders while I relabel them. Unfortunately, today served as a prime example.

The goals for the day were to complete Box 70 and then decide whether to continue to Box 71 or examine the Oversized Folders next. Work toward this goal began immediately as I retrieved Box 70 from the collection. Under past conditions, I would have continued relabeling the folders as Courtney retrieved more folders from the remaining collection under the old format. However, I would be the one to perform all of the tasks by myself at the time being. As such, the completion rate dropped significantly.

Despite the rate drop, I continued to sift three the remaining folders to place in Box 70. Some difficulties arose, though. The frustration of not finding folders in the box that should have housed them according to the Excel spreadsheet. I thoroughly examined each box until either the folder was found or was marked as “Missing or Absorbed.” This trend persisted on more than one occasion. Nonetheless, I was able to gather enough folders to fill Box 70.

Even when the box was still being filled, I was examining vague folders for the month range of the documents (in this, the documents are from the Newspaper Clippings Subseries) in order to chronologically order the subseries. Much to my surprise, I had to retrieve the Oversized Boxes to place intact newspapers and newsletters in the appropriate folders anyways. I was also fortunate enough that the amount of content in some of the folders was minuscule enough  to fit clippings from 1971 to 1988 into one box, but the folder amount ensures relabeling them will be tiresome.

I was able to fit the aforementioned clippings together chronologically and planned to distribute the content from the more vague folders into related folders to reduce relabeling as many, but the time to end my shift approached. The planned step would have to wait next week. After cleaning my work area, I said farewell to the archive staff and left for the day.

In review, I was able to fit a reasonable portion of the Newspaper Clippings Subseries into Box 70 but not without difficulties. The plans made today will have to be fulfilled next week. However, next Monday is Labor Day and the library will be closed. As such, there will not be a blog post until next Tuesday, either. Until then, enjoy the extended 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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