Regarding the majority of my activities today, enumerating the folders of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection should not be surprising. There were other developments that were a complete surprise: a change in my schedule and more archival materials (while the latter was expected, the arrival date was unknown)! If a phrase could summarize the situation, then “Winds of Change Come with Winter” seems appropriate.
Knowing the composition of the next batch of boxes of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, I entered the office confident of the amount that would be completed in the course of the day. Starting from Box 60, I continued enumerating folders in the next ten boxes. Since Box 69 was excluded as the box did not contain folders (only digital formats), the last box completed was Box 71. In addition to finally being within the range of last few boxes remaining, another development regarding the collection finally occurred.
While I was returning a box back to its shelf space, Mr. Ogreten was opening a package that arrived. He happily informed me of the contents being the replacement boxes for Boxes 80 and 81. As a reminder, these boxes contained campaign volunteer forms and were placed into temporary housing until these new boxes arrived. I briefly paused the enumeration process to transfer the cards into their new homes. Upon the completion of this task, the number of remaining objectives for the collection decreased by one!
The arrival of the replacement boxes was not the only surprise for the day. Yesterday, I wrote about the schedule changes for December. Ms. Rubin continued the discussion of what my schedule would be by asking me if would want to increase my work hours. I was informed due to two of my colleagues’ oncoming departures (Kryslynn Collazo and Sarah Rysch, specifically), an opportunity to increase my hours had become available. I agreed to take the proposition and Ms. Rubin met with Mr. Benjamin regarding further information.
Ms. Rubin later informed me that my available hours would increase from fifteen to twenty-three. Of course, she told me that this new schedule would not interfere with the previous forty hours schedule for December and this new schedule would potentially be covered until July. As for when I would be available, I told her that Fridays would become a day I would work as a result. My initial plans to shorten Wednesdays into my short day would have to be recalculated as a result. Regardless, blog posts will be posted on Fridays in the near future.
As I finished Box 70, I noticed I had less than twenty minutes left in my shift. Another risky move was made as I retrieved Box 71 and thankfully I finished before my departure. After returning Box 71, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.
In review, the folders in Boxes 60 through 71 of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection was enumerated, the campaign volunteer cards from Boxes 80 and 81 were rehoused, and a new schedule was discussed. Tomorrow, the enumeration will continue with Box 72 and perhaps will finish as well. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and stay safe! Bye!