November 13, 2018 -“Retracing Steps”

Hello, everyone!

As a reminder, the week will be very short as a result of Veteran’s Day. This small change did not impede the archival process with the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection and I continued to enumerate the folders within it. While diligently performing my duties, the archives had more guests arrive for a small demonstration and a tour. As a result, activity in the office was unusually high and I was asked to help out. Despite such of a description, the day was not as stressful as it seemed.

Resuming from last week, I retrieved Box 50 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection to enumerate its folders. Box 50 provided a brief relieve as there are only three folders contained in it (the contents of said folders are large enough to fit in the box and too large to sit them up inside). This brief relief ended when I retrieved Box 51 and returned to “retracing my steps.” Still, the opportunity allowed a closer examination of folders and I was able to remove some rusty paperclips before they could do more damage.

As I continued through Box 52, I overheard May discussing with Mr. Ogreten about the December schedule. The Library and Archives are going to be open until the twenty-first of December and then be closed until the second of January. In relation to the blog, the schedule will also reflect such.

Mr. Benjamin was helping one of my colleagues, Fancesca, and he said there was a class of fifth graders scheduled to visit the archives. I prepared myself to help at any time, should I be needed. Fortunately, Mr. Benjamin had the situation handled without extra help. Surprisingly, he gave them a small tour of the Special Collections to give them a glimpse of what the innards of an archive looked like.  Certainly, a unique experience for the children as only those with special permission are allowed to be there.

As my shift’s end approached, I boldly decided to try enumerating the folders in more box before I left. I barely finished the twenty-seventh folder before I had to leave. After returning Box 59, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, the folders in Boxes 50 through 59 were enumerated, a presentation and tour was conducted at the archives, and better knowledge of the December schedule was learned. Tomorrow, the enumeration of folders will continue with Box 60. Until then, enjoy 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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