September 25, 2018 – “Simplistic Processing”

Hello, everyone!

The processing the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection has reached a new milestone: the Personal Files Series is completed! As previously suspected, the series would comprise of three boxes with no folders being added to a fourth. While this achievement is certainly worth noting, the actual processing was not worthwhile.

My shift began with the resumed task of gathering and relabeling all the folders in Box 76. There was not any difficulties retrieving folders, fortunately. The only problematic situation that frequently occurred was the need for sharpening pencils. Nonetheless, Box 76 was completed.

As I was gathering folders for Box 77, there was finally enough room to place stray folders into the collection. Even better, the structure of how the boxes were organized remained relatively intact. In theory, Box 77 would be relatively stable to collect data.

Unfortunately, any previous plans had to be expedient for the upcoming games. While relabeling Box 77, a warning was issued to everyone still remaining that the last batch of boxes. Much like yesterday, members of the staff (including myself) waited for Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Ogreten to return with more boxes from Oviedo. When they did arrive,  the load of materials thankfully were not as large as previously clouds, .

When I returned to relabeling folders in Box 77, I managed to finally place both leftover folders into the collection. Unlike Box 76, Box 77’s folders did require some extra attention: at least two folders had to be thoroughly examined as metal staples were discovered in the folders’ content. After removing the staples and replacing them with Plastiklips, relabeling the rest of the folders did not take long to complete. When I was finished, I placed the box on its new shelf.

With Box 76 and Box 77 completed, the Personal Files Series was completed as well. Before I could start on the Photographs Series, my shift had come to a close. I cleaned my work area and bid farewell to the staff as I walked out of the door.

In review, all the folders in Box 76 and Box 77 were gathered and relabeled. As such, the Personal Files Series was completed. Tomorrow, I begin gathering folders for the Photographs Series. Until then, enjoy the rest of your 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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