September 26, 2018 – “All in One”

Hello, everyone!

The George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection continues to surprise me, even as the processing stage draws ever closer to ending. As I printed out the list of Photograph Series files that would need to be extracted, I presumed that two boxes would be needed to house them. My overestimation was corrected as there was enough room to house the entire series! Of course, not all of the details can be explained in one paragraph. Therefore, the following report will elaborate the situation.

As I walked into the office in the morning, my goals were clear: assemble all of the folders of the Photograph Series of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection into however many boxes needed and relabel the folders within them. As a precaution, I printed the series into two lists of folders. If I managed to accomplish my main goal within my shift, I decided I would sort through the leftover folders that somehow managed to not be placed in their correct series.

Thankfully, the number of boxes that housed the remaining collection was reduced to five. This made retrieving folders easier, but I underestimated the number of folders in the series. As noted in past encounters, the Photograph Series was made of mostly low content folders but high volume. This made relabeling them more of a challenge.

After collecting all the Photograph Files into a single box to my amazement, I put what should have been the last folder from the Memorabilia Files in the collection at the end of Box 78. However, I noticed the number of leftover folders were substantially higher than previously thought. With Box 78 ready to have its folders relabeled, I collected the leftover folders into a box and, eventually, a half-box. Completing the processing stage was delayed once more as a result.

For the rest of the shift I was relabeling folders. Some of the labels folders, so I attempted to provide context in their descriptions. The only interruptions encountered were the constant need to sharpen my pencils as the graphite wore down from writing so much. By the end of the day, nearly three-fourths of the box was relabeled. As I left for the day after saying farewell to the staff, I knew that tomorrow would be the day when all the initial folders would be relabeled.

In review, all of the Photograph Series was gathered into one box plus the last folder of the collection. The remaining leftover folders were placed in a box and half-box for later review to be proper placed into the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. Tomorrow, the goal will be to finish relabeling Box 78 and redistribute the leftover folders. 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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