Activity at the archives today could be described as linear, as in there was not any confusion regarding what tasks needed to be accomplished. As such, this post may seem shorter than most because of the lack of variation between each processing phase of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. Nevertheless, an effort will be made to record the events that had transpired as accurately as possible.
When I entered the office to begin my shift, there were workers moving from one room to another. Obviously, they were the workers Mr. Ogreten had mentioned yesterday. The results of the preemptive measures taken in removing the related boxes of the current series and placing them in the reading room certainly came to fruition. Though I would not be intruding on the workers’ job, other difficulties presented themselves.
Unfortunately, my colleagues had commandeered all the computers that had access to the library network and as such I could not open the Excel spreadsheet. Thankfully, this circumstance did not immediately impact my progress in sorting through the miscellaneous folders in Box 72. As previously mentioned in yesterday’s post, there were four folders left to examine and I had hoped by the end of the day (if not the week) all of them were completely sorted. With invigorated determination, the groundwork toward achieving that goal was begun.
Generally speaking, there were no difficulties rearranging the newspaper clippings content into their more appropriate housing. The work was just tedious. Yet, oddities were encountered as each folder sifted through. Despite the majority of the clippings dated to 1990, a decent number of clippings were discovered to be from 1989 (mostly from December) or even older. This meant Boxes 70 and 71 were retrieved to absorb such material. Until the last clipping was reassigned, those particular boxes were in close proximity as a precaution.
As the miscellaneous folders’ contents were redistributed, the folders themselves became more chronologically organized as planned. But, the spaces left behind created the need for more folders to prop up Box 74’s folder became urgent. As such, folders were retrieved from Box 75 to compensate for the slacking folders in Box 74.
To my surprise, all the contents of the miscellaneous folders were eventually sorted and redistributed. As an added bonus, one of the computers became unoccupied and the chance to update the Excel spreadsheet accordingly was seized upon. However, there was only thirty minutes left in my shift by the time the updates were implemented. Nonetheless, I began relabeling the remaining folders in Box 72 until the five-minute mark was reached. After cleaning my work area, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.
In review, the workers arrived to begin repairing the cracks in the ceiling to prevent further leaks, all of the remaining folders of the Newspaper Clippings subseries of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection became chronologically organized, and the relabeling process was resumed. Tomorrow, more folders will be relabeled (the number of folders that will be relabeled is yet to be determined, though) Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!