As another work week begins, so does resuming work at the University Archives and Special Collections. There is a little bit of news to share that indirectly affects my schedule and the blog: on the thirtieth of October, I will be taking my Capstone Comprehensive Exams at 11:00 AM and I will not be in the office as a result (do not expect a post that day). With future announcements handled, the focus will shift to the events of today. Aside from the Monday responsibility of cleaning the fifth floor independent study hall, most of today’s work was encoding the folders from Boxes 27 to 33 from George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection into the finding aid.
There was a bit of a change to my normal Monday routine this morning. Instead of immediately gathering the cleaning supplies in order to clean the fifth floor study hall, I logged on to a computer and printed my timesheets for Mr. Ogreten to sign. After placing the two signed copies on Mr. Ogreten’s desk, my normal routines began.
Cleaning the study hall can be an entrancing experience that all sense of time is suspended. My focused intent on cleaning the marks of desks, the plastic backboards, and the undersides of storage desks was so pinpoint that I did not notice that thirty minutes had passed. When I looked at my watch as finished the last desk, the time was 8:40 AM! This a little late than usual and I can only contemplate that the time spent on scrubbing some stubborn marks off of certain desks as the explanation for letting so much time to pass. Regardless, I returned the cleaning supplies and turned my attention to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection.
An error was made from last week regarding what box I had paused my coding on. I had previously stated that I had completed Box 27, but I discovered I had actually stopped at the very end of Box 26 as I opened NoteTab Pro. Apologies for the memory lapse.
My the time I had finished Box 26 and Box 27 was well underway in the coding process, Mr. Ogreten had returned to his office. I spoke with him regarding needing the time off for my Capstone Exam and he approved the time off. He told me to make sure that the October schedule board is updated to reflect the change and make said changes on my next timesheet.
With such urgent matters attended to, I returned to coding more folders into the finding aid. Among the staff in the archives, there were three of us working on our assignments. To pass the time, we each spoke of our weekend experiences. I had gone to Volcano Bay on Sunday to celebrate my mother’s birthday and spend time with my cousin from Missouri. Courtney had been reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses and made chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (though, she accidentally made four dozen of them). Roger, who has been working closely with Mr. Benjamin in cataloging prices of certain books from Amazon and AbeBooks among others, joined in the conversation as the topic switched to food. The conversations kept us entertained as we continued our work.
As I began coding folders from Box 31 into the finding aid, I realized I had entered the boxes containing the Senate Bill information Senator Stuart kept. Courtney aptly said the experience likened to meeting someone with no desire to see them again. The tribulations of relabeling these folders are recorded in previous blog entries, in case for those who are curious. In a sense, coding the finding aid is similar as relabeling folders as both involve taking inventory of a box’s contents. When Box 34 was reached, my shift was ending and I said farewell to the staff as I left for the day.
In review, the silent study hall was cleaned, Boxes 26-33 were encoded into the finding aid, and my signed timesheets were submitted to Mr. Ogreten. Tomorrow, I intend to finish the the four Senate Files Series Boxes containing the Senate Bill information. Until then, enjoy the afternoon and stay safe! Bye!