October 22, 2018 – “Displaying Collections”

Hello, everyone!

Another week has arrived and work on the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection comes ever closer to completion. There was some exciting events happening in the office as there was a class visiting the archives in the morning. Mr. Benjamin asked me to help with the presentation and I obliged his request. The details of this event and more will be extrapolated in due time.

As per usual, Monday are my day to clean the fifth floor study hall. The state of the desks this morning were not consistent: some were nearly clean and others looked as if they had been graffiti tagged with a pencil. After thirty minutes, the desks were cleaned to the best of my ability and the cleaning supplies were returned.

As I resumed entering more folders from the Campaign Files Series into the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection’s finding aid, I seemed to have miscalculated how many boxes were left from the series. I thought there were two boxes left, instead there were three boxes. Nevertheless, I proceeded to encode the folders at a decent pace.

While being engrossed in the encoding process, Mr. Benjamin approached me and requested assistance in the presentation of displaying some of the collections for a class examining tourism and the Caribbean. Of course, I agreed to his request and waited if my assistance was necessary for the situation.  Mr. Benjamin did call for me as I was finishing the Campaign Files Series.

The class was seated in a row as items from numerous collection were displayed, ranging from nineteenth century legal documents to 1957 Delta Airlines pamphlets to the Caribbean. To my surprise, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Medal Collection and the Joseph Fleischmann World War I Medal Collection were also on display. Two students were examining  the two collections and I informed them that I had done research for the collections and could answer any questions that they might have. One of them did consult me and my research paid off as I detailed the features of the medals to help him understand them.

Mr. Benjamin surveyed the interactions between the staff and the class then dismissed my services when I was apparently no longer needed. When I returned to encoding the finding aid, I was determined to finish the City Commissioner Files Series before my shift ended. There was a moment of concern when I needed to find the flat file to determine the order of the smaller folders within it. Tried as I might, I could not seem to find it and I could only assume that it was in one of the locked drawers I tried opening. I may need Mr. Ogreten’s help once the finishing touches need to be applied to the collection.

Speaking of Mr. Ogreten, he provided some great news: the VHS cases had arrived! He had placed them on the empty shelf below where the last boxes of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection is being stored. They will need to be addressed once the finding aid is completed. Shortly after returning to my seat, my shift came to a close as I finished the City Commissioner Files Series and began the Correspondence Series. After saving my progress, I bid farewell to the staff and Mr. Benjamin thanked me for my help as I left.

In review, all the folders of the Campaign Files Series and the City Commissioner Files Series have been encoded into the finding aid, provided assistance in displaying collections for a visiting class, and began the Correspondence Series. Tomorrow, the eight boxes of the Correspondence Series will continue to be encoded, subseries by subseries. 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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