September 10, 2018 – “Fruit, Cupcakes, and Newspaper Clippings”

Hello, everyone!

Another week begins at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives and the continued processing of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection resumes. But, a momentary pause was given to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of our dear colleague, Kryslynn Collazo. Granted any work that would have been completed otherwise had to be set aside for occasion, but fellowship among all of the staff was worth the price. Of course, any entry posted on a Monday has to begin with my weekly cleaning responsibilities.

As anxious as I was to continue work on the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, cleaning the fifth floor study hall was regulated to top priority of the tasks to complete. Curiously, I noticed as I was retrieving the cleaning materials that Courtney was scheduled to clean the study hall on Fridays. Perhaps the new schedule will reduce the amount of cleaning post-weekends? In any case, the amount of markings and coffee stains on the desks were  deplorable.

The coffee stains seemed more plentiful than in previous cleaning experiences and the random ink marking from pens were hard to scrub off. Strangely, there were molecule equations written on one desk. Did the occupant not have any scrap paper to instead of writing on the desk? But, the most disturbing encounter was the disgusting, dirty gum-like material that I scrubbed off (hopefully, there will not be anymore of this in the future. In total, the whole duration was within thirty minutes (longer than usual).

As I returned the cleaning supplies, I had to update my timesheet as the new pay period had begun. After making some simple edits, the timesheet was updated and my priorities were shifted to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. Boxes 72 through 74 were retrieved and were placed on a table in the reading room to have the miscellaneous, poorly labeled folders sorted and rearranged.

To alleviate any notions of simplicity of rearranging these miscellaneous folders, the size of some of these folders are almost filled to the bursting point with newspaper clippings from 1990. As such, sorting through them is a tedious process. Thankfully, Ms. Rubin notified me that the staff was going to start the celebration of Kryslynn’s birthday.

These celebrations usually entail consuming food requested by whom the subject of the celebration is centered around. For Kryslynn, orange juice and lemonade were the beverages of choice, a container of fruit that included green apple slices , grapes, cantaloupe slices, and pineapple slices, vanilla cupcakes (baked by Mr. Benjamin, no less), oatmeal and cranberry cookies, and chocolate chip muffins.  While indulging the delicious food, topics were discussed that ranged from activities from the past weekend to more details regarding the shift from using Archon to ArchiveSpace. Once everyone was satisfied with the food consumed, the conference table was cleared and cleaned before everyone resumed normal activities.

Returning to the boxes in the reading room, I recollected the progress previously made and continued sorting the content. From material gathered, former Senator Stuart seemed to have heavily collect newspaper clippings from the months of April, May, and October of 1990. Knowing that he was campaigning for Insurance Commissioner during that year, most of the clippings are in regard to the election coverage during that time period. Nonetheless, I was able to sift through three folders and reshuffle the rest of the boxes to the point where the remaining miscellaneous folders were placed into Box 72. But as this milestone was achieved, the time for my departure had arrived and I returned the boxes from which they were found before wishing farewell to everyone for the day.

In review, the study hall was cleaned, my timesheet was updated, folders in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection continued to be sorted and shuffled, and Kryslynn’s birthday was celebrate. However, Ms. Rubin had to leave as she said that she was not feeling well. Hopefully, Ms. Rubin will be better and be back again tomorrow. 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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