September 4, 2018 – “Permission to Return to the Status Quo”

Hello, everyone!

Hopefully, the Labor Day weekend was enjoyable to everyone else and some well-earned rest was taken advantage of.  However, the work week resumes as does the blog. As short the number of entries there will be for this week, plenty of activity will fill the void. Today was no exception.

As a reminder, the Labor Day weekend shortened the number of days I would normally work. As such, the amount of work hours for the remaining days were lengthened to compensate the day lost. The timesheets that were due today reflected the change as I signed and submitted them to my supervisors as the first task completed. After submitting the timesheets, I retrieved Box 70 from the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection and began relabeling folders.

Not long after I had finished relabeling a third of the folders, Mr. Ogreten asked for my assistance. Apparently, he had received permission from Mr. Benjamin to take down the tarps covering some of the shelves in the Special Collections as the threat of more leakings have been quelled for the time being. Eagerly wishing to return to relabeling folders, I expressed to Mr. Ogreten that the best course of action was not to prolong the return to the status quo any longer and restore the Special Collection’s orderly appearance.

The first part of the operation was to remove the tarps from the shelves and fold them to be placed in their appropriate containers. Curiously, one of the tarps was marked “21” and none of the containers was designated was the storage for tarps with numbers that high. Mr. Ogreten theorized that perhaps the tarp was from the University Archives storage containers. The tarp in question was put aside for the time being as the remaining tarps were taken and folded in the reading room (the only place in the office large enough to spread the tarps out).

When the tarps were returned to their storage containers, the next task was to take the surviving supplies (ones that were not damaged by the water leaks) and place them back onto their original shelves. The process was not difficult, but was tedious instead. The only difficulties were user-based by taking more folded boxes than I could handle. After the shelves’ contents were restored, the last task was to sweep the floor with the Swiffer sweeper (as Mr. Ogreten had earlier swept and cleaned the shelves).

Once the cleaning supplies were returned, my attention was refocused back to Box 70. While relabeling folders, I examined the contents (mostly from the Newspaper Clippings subseries) to determine if they could be merged into another folder. Though not a frequent occurrence, there were a few folders that were merged and the Excel spreadsheet was updated to reflect the changes. In the midst of relabeling and sorting folders, I had to adhere to one of the conditions of working five hours a day: mandatory thirty minute breaks!

After using the break to eat lunch (for future reference, do not eat the wraps in the bookstore. They are disappointing, to say the least),  I resumed the processing of Box 70. The end of the box contained content from 1988, but my plan was to further organize the clippings by month of (there were already folders marked as such in the box, anyways). Sadly, those plans had to be postponed as my shift came to an end at 2:30 PM.

In review, the tarps that were covering some of the shelves in the Special Collections were taken down, the surviving archival supplies were returned to their original shelves, and two-thirds of Box 70 was relabeled. Tomorrow, the plan is to reorganize the 1988 clippings and then finish Box 70 before gathering folders for Box 71. 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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