September 11, 2018 – “Day of Reflection”

Hello, everyone.

Before retelling the event that unfolded today, a time of reflection should be made regarding the significance of this day. Seventeen years ago, the United States was attacked by terrorists and resulted in the destruction of the World Trade Center towers, significant damage to the Pentagon, and approximately three thousand people were killed. For those who had lost loved ones that day, my condolences have been extended to them and I pray they find peace. Now that the remembrance of that tragic day has been addressed, the report of today’s events will commence.

To say that this morning was not ideal would be putting it mildly. On my way to work, I managed to cause an auto accident by to paying attention to the vehicle in front of me while attempting a right-hand turn. Luckily, no one was hurt and the police were not needed as insurance information was exchanged mutually with the other driver. Nevertheless, the whole experience had led to me to be nearly two hours late (my car was thankfully still derivable, but finding a parking spot proved to a challenge in itself). As such, my shift was readjusted (and edits made to my timesheet) to last until 2:50 PM to compensate the lost time.

Once the timesheet was updated, I resumed sorting through the content of the Newspaper Clippings subseries from Box 72 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. While tediously sifting through the folders, I noted the progress made as the number of miscellaneous folders began shrinking as the organized folders crept forward from Boxes 73 and 74 into Box 72.  Though certainly a motivating sight, these folders will still need to be relabeled at some point. Sadly, that stage will not be reached by the end of the week.

While shuffling back and forth between the reading room (my temporary quarters of operation) and the office to retrieve utensils, I encountered Ms. Rubin. I was pleased to learn she was feeling better and she did not leave yesterday because of food poisoning. Also, I learned that Sarah Ryschkewitsch (one of interns from the summer semester) was rejoining this semester and today was her fist day back! I am not sure if she is volunteering or she was hired, though. Regardless, it is nice to see familiar faces.

Before returning to the task at hand, Mr. Ogreten informed me of some new developments. Apparently, some workers will be in the Special Collections room and will be trying to seal the cracks in the ceiling above the shelves to prevent any further leaks. Of course, access to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection would be limited as a result.

To prevent certain boxes from being restricted, I set aside the boxes currently being worked on and placed them on a cart to be stored in the back for the time being. With a potentially bothersome circumstance circumvented, I returned to sorting content. Curiously, there was a folder filled with clippings from the early eighties that I apparently missed. As such, Boxes 70 and 71 had to be briefly retrieved to properly store the aforementioned clippings in their more appropriate folders. Once the task was completed, both boxes were returned to their respective shelf spaces.

By the end of the readjusted shift, only four folders remained that needed to be sorted. Hopefully, all four will be sifted and their contents chronologically positioned. After cleaning my work area,  I said farewell for the day to the staff and began my march to Parking Lot B.

In review, I readjusted my schedule for the day due to tardiness (caused by minor auto accident that I am responsible for), prepared for future construction work in the Special Collections, and reduced the number of miscellaneous folders in Box 72 down to four. Tomorrow, the goal would be narrowing that number to one or finishing the task if possible. 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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