November 1, 2018 – “Recovering Lost Ground”

Hello, everyone!

As noted from yesterday, work at the archives consisted of relabeling the folder numbers from Boxes 2-19 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. Indeed, I had thought I was progressing well until I horrifyingly discovered all of the folders I had labeled were missing a portion. Due to my blunder, recovering the lost ground would require assistance from Courtney. In addition, another class visited the archives and my monitoring duties were requested once more. The details of these events are elaborated in the rest of the entry.

Upon entering the office, I immediately retrieved Box 2 and began correcting my mistake. I had labeled all the folders with the designation “SC/[Insert Box Number]/[Insert Folder Number]” when they should have been labeled “SC19/[Insert Box Number]/[Insert Folder Number].” The majority of the shift entailed making these corrections from Box 2 to Box 16. Thankfully, I received some help from Courtney when she arrived as I was labeling folders in Box 11. Together, we managed to get to Box 15 before she had to leave for a workshop.

There other instances in the office as I was correcting the labels. Mr. Ogreten was able to solve why the Memorabilia Series was not appearing in the finding aid and reorganized the series physically and digitally to match. Ms. Rubin asked if I would be able to clean the minifridge next Monday and I accepted her request. Later, Mr. Benjamin shared heart-warming Thank You cards that were addressed to the archive staff by one of the recent visiting classes. A smile crossed my face as I read them and I was pleased to know that we were appreciated for our hard work.

Speaking of visiting classes, Mr. Benjamin informed us that a class was scheduled to be in the reading room today. We were told to be on stand-by in case we were needed to monitor the situation. Sure enough, Mr. Benjamin asked us to help and his decision was justified as I saw how large the class was. Every seat at every table was filled by a student! I was instructed to monitor the students and answer any of their questions to the best of our ability.

I did answer one student’s question regarding some digital material in one collection, but I mostly paced between aisles. Eventually, the time for their departure signaled that my services were no longer required. After receiving thanks Mr. Benjamin, my colleagues and I resumed our duties. I had finished Box 16 when my own departure time drew near. I thanked everyone and bid farewell as I left for the day.

In review, all the labels on the folders in Boxes 2 through 16 were corrected, a visiting class was monitored, and Thank You letters were read. Next week, the labels of the folders in Boxes 17 through 19 will be corrected and hopefully this mistake will not be repeated for the rest of the collection. Until then, enjoy the weekend 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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