November 8, 2018 – “On Stand By”

Hello, everyone!

Apologies for the delay, but other priorities superseded this blogpost. Nonetheless, the last workday of the week was very unpredictable. As previously noted, I was asked by Mr. Ogreten to be prepared to help in case the visiting class was too large to monitor. To occupy the time until then, I continued to enumerate folders in George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. As I did, I kept an ear open in case Mr. Ogreten called for me. The entire shift featured such tension.

When I entered the office, I fully expected a class forming to visit the archives. Mr. Ogreten repeated his instructions for me and told that I could work on my collection in the meantime. So, I retrieved Box 42 and resumed the enumeration process. While doing so, I heard more and more students arriving at the archives. However, my assistance was never called upon.

As I tirelessly worked through each successive folder, Luke (one of the archive’s interns, I believe) needed assistance regarding concerns saving his progress. I answered as best as I could, but I recommended that he spoke with the supervisors for advice.  As I did, I noticed where he was planning to save his work. By accessing the same file locations, I found the finding aid for the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection.

Thankfully, I finally corrected an old blight on the finding aid that had been bothering my mind for days.  With these correction made, I returned to physically enumerating folders. By the end of my shift, I reached Box 49 and finished the Senate Files Series! On that high note, I said farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, the files of Boxes 42-49 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection were enumerated, and a correction was made on the finding aid. Since the library is closed on Monday for Veteran’s Day, there will not be a blogpost either. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday. Until then, enjoy the Veteran’s Day 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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