Yesterday, I thought the only real task left for the George L. Stuart Collection was putting the finishing touches on the finding aid. Indeed, the majority of the day was spent proofreading the finding aid. Unsurprisingly, the process of doing so became more complicated as time progressed. Fortunately, these minor inconveniences were circumvented.
Upon entering the office, I was pleased to see Mr. Ogreten. He was personally informed of the progress made in processing the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. With the new labels applied, my attention was directed to proofreading the finding aid. Mostly, there were minor typos in need of correction. There were some unexpected dilemmas encountered along the way.
The first task was making sure all the memorabilia was in the correct box and tray, reflected in the finding aid. The task was simple enough and the finding aid was corrected to reflect the physical reality of the collection. Mr. Ogreten instructed me to concentrate any maps or other documents that helped contextualize their meaning and fix any typos in the finding aid.
This stage of processing revealed some surprises and they were not exactly good. I discovered a folder in Box 38 had been mislabeled and quick research was needed to correct this mistake. The deed was done in a relatively painless fashion. The numbers of the folders were also clarified and the seamless transition from the physical to the digital was less impersonal.
The next portion of the collection was to create a timeline of George Stuart’s career. Fortunately, I used an older timeline as a basis and the remaining information came from company profiles and newspaper articles. I just managed to correct some final typos when I noticed the time. After saving my progress, I bid farewell to the staff. As I left, my confidence soared when I thought of Mr. Ogreten’s eventual approval of the finding aid.
In review, the finding aid of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection was proofread. Tomorrow, there is a birthday celebration for Sarah on her last day working in the archives. Hopefully, Mr. Ogreten will approve of the changes made recently. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!