September 19, 2018 – “Maps and Plats”

Hello, everyone!

Excellent progress was made in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection! The VHS tapes that did not immediately have their production dates available were viewed and all the folders in the flat file were labeled as the contents were better sorted. Such a brief sentence does not justify the the effort put forth to organize the extraneous content of the collection, so to further elaborate the details would the best course of action.

Even before I stepped into the office, the agenda was clear. First, the VHS tapes that did not have immediate information regarding the dates of production were to be scoured for such. Second, the folders in the recently created flat file needed to be labeled (they did not have labels to begin with). Finally, if there was still time, the large rolls had to be unfurled and the contents recorded on the Excel spreadsheet.

With my objectives clear, I retrieved the aforementioned VHS tapes. The first tape yielded the information I sought within the first three seconds: it was recorded on November 26, 1988. After rewinding and ejecting the first tape, I began watching the second tape. The footage contained a “five star salute” to an individual that Senator Stuart knew personally and was the fourth speaker at the event held at a Wyndham Hotel. Thankfully, the information I sought flashed briefly at the bottom of the screen: May 10, 1986. Next was the third VHS.

The third VHS was actually footage from a show called Forum and it was produced by the University of Central Florida in the late 1980s. Senator Stuart was a special guest of the one hundred-seventh episode that was produced between late July and November 1989 (Before the topics were discussed for the episode, the host mentioned that Senator Stuart was in Paris for the bicentennial of the French Revolution, July 16, 1989). The final VHS featured Larry King Live with guest Mike Ford,  a friend of Tom Pappas who was the chief of staff to former Democratic Congressman Roy Dyson that committed suicide on May 1, 1988. I was only able to find when the episode aired due to a commercial for the second game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals that aired the same night: May 20, 1988.

With the first objective completed, my attention turned to the flat file. Among the flat file contents were two UCF Knight pennants (year unknown), a campaign poster from when George Stuart ran to become City Councilman from District 2 in the 1970s, plats of surveys and plans for property owned by George Stuart, Inc., a plat of survey for the Orange County Fair from 1986, State House Precinct Maps from 1977, and materials regarding a 1986 project by the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Eventually, the folders for each were labeled and were recorded in the spreadsheet. The final act of the day was to place the flat file in Drawer 17 of the flat file cabinet.

In review, the VHS tapes that did not immediately have their production dates available were viewed and properly recorded and all the folders in the flat file were better sorted and labeled. Unfortunately, the large rolls were not addressed and that work was shifted to 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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