September 5, 2018 – “Grateful Assistance”

Hello, everyone!

While there are no special announcements or updates, progress in reorganizing the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection continues without impediment. In fact, the rate of completion just received a boost thanks to the grateful assistance of Courtney as I was able to work with her thanks to the post-Labor Day schedule. With her help, the next four boxes were prepared for further assortment into the final format of the collection. But, perhaps further elaboration is needed.

Upon entering the office, the first objective of the day was to finish relabeling the folders in Box 70. The deed was easier said than done, especially having the need to frequently sharpen the pencil I was using. I had been using a mechanical pencil last week, so maybe the best option is to switch back for the foreseeable future. Regardless, all the folders were relabeled and I proudly placed the box in its appropriate shelf. Box 71 became the next priority.

Unlike past folder retrievals, there were only a few sources to gather folders from as most of them were grouped together. But since the remainder of the old set has been diminishing, converting the old boxes into the new set has been one of the preferred methods of not spending archival supplies (especially after the leak). Thus, old box 79 was converted into new box 71.

Most of Box 71’s content consisted of newspaper clippings from 1989 and it seemed all of the folders would be able fit. But upon further inspection, I had miscalculated and two folders had to be set aside for the eventual Box 72. The step was not exactly protocol, but I felt the task of chronologically sorting the miscellaneous newspaper clippings had to be accomplished. Much time was consumed to satisfy such lofty ambitions.

In the middle of the laborious sorting, I was delighted by the greetings of my colleague, Courtney. Due to her regular schedule, Courtney only has the chance of working with me on Mondays. With this abnormal schedule, we were able to coordinate the processing of the next four boxes (Boxes 72 to 74, to be exact). Unfortunately, I had to leave before finishing the relabeling of all of Box 72. Thanked Courtney and said farewell to the rest of the staff as I left.

In review, Box 70 was completed and Boxes 71 through 74 were created and put together. Tomorrow, the goal is to finish Boxes 71 and  sort through the 1990 clippings. I have a method in mind and hopefully I can put into action. Until then, enjoy 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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