October 31, 2018 – “Halloween Horror”

Hello, everyone!

Happy Halloween to those who partake in its festivities! As noted from last year, the University of Central Florida Library’s various departments is transformed into Trick-or-Treat stations and theme this year is pirates! Though the Special Collections and University Archives did not have any pirate decorations, a treasure box flanked by tiny fake palm trees were placed in the reading room to show solidarity with the rest of the library. As for actual archival work, I numbered the folders in Boxes 10-19 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection only to discover something befitting of a Halloween Horror.

As I entered the office, my goal was to progress the enumerating of the folders in the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection as much as possible from Box 10 onwards. The pace was steady and there were not too many difficulties encountered. The only troubling situations were dealing with folders that were shifted as I was labeling them. This caused a minor confusion of the order the folders were supposed to be organized and thankfully was quickly corrected. Other than these instances, the work transitioned smoothly from box to box.

Around 10:30 or 11:00 AM, Ms. Rubin invited me to go visit the different departments of the library. The most impressive thematic display was the various pirate ships constructed in the Cataloging Department. While “pilfering the loot” (candy) offered at each desk, I noted how some were made from construction paper and others were more elaborate with foam cannonballs! The most endearing was the Lego pirate ship and cemetery sets. The sets contained minifigures from the Pirates of the Carribean franchise like Captain Jack Sparrow and minifigures from Classic Pirates sets I knew as a child.

After visiting each of the departments and stashing my loot into my footlocker, I returned to enumerating folders. This did not last as I had to take my mandatory break shortly after. Upon returning from my break, I resumed enumerating folders. Around 1:00 PM, other department staff arrived to visit the reading room and take candy from our treasure chest. Our staff would reciprocate as Mr. Ogreten lead a group consisting of Chris Saclolo, Courtney, and newcomer Elizabeth (she was taking her Library of Congress identification exam today).

I was invited to join them and I decided to join them for fellowship. I would not be collecting more candy due to my previous tour through the departments. I noticed more decorations on this second tour, including a wanted poster with Mr. Benjamin’s face on it. Smiles crept on our faces upon seeing it. Once the tour was over, I made an effort to reach Box 20 before the end of the shift.

Diligently, I succeeded in my goal of reaching Box 20 with only minutes to spare. As I returned Box 19 to its rightful shelf, I checked to see if the replacement boxes for Boxes 80 and 81 had arrived. As I did, I noticed the template for the folder numbers. To my horror, I noticed something that I had forgotten to add to each folder from Boxes 10 through 19. I searched further back into the collection to discover this missing component was not present from Boxes 2 through 19.

To my dismay, I reported this unfortunate turn of events to Mr. Ogreten. He assured me that everything will be fine and suggested that Courtney could help me. I agreed as this task needed to be done quickly to make up for lost time. I felt bad about having to ask for her assistance as she was already working on another collection. Now, she is being asked to help cover my mistake. Soon, I left that office knowing the task that required the most attention for the future.

In review, candy was gathered, folders from Boxes 10 through 19 were enumerated, and a horrible mistake was discovered. Tomorrow, my shift will consist of correcting this mistake. Until then, enjoy this Halloween 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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