November 21, 2018 – “Finding Aids, Maps, Birthdays, and Farewells”

Hello, everyone!

Before embarking for the Thanksgiving weekend, the last day of this short week did not end quietly. Despite what was written in the last blogpost, Mr. Ogreten still had some minor adjustments regarding the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection finding aid for me to fix. In addition, my next assignment is basically an inventory check of the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Map Collection ( The staff also hosted a joint celebration of the birthday of one our newest members, Sammi, and a send-off for Sarah Ryschkewitsch as today was her last day. Further elaboration is needed to dissect these events.

Upon entering the office, Mr. Rubin asked me to head to the first floor as Mr. Benjamin arrived with more materials from the municipal courts to be organized for a future collection. I joined with Joseph Kaminsky, Chris Saclolo, and Sammi in unloading the boxes and “tomes” onto a cart to be moved into the acquisition storage room. The venture needed two trips to and from the van to accomplish this task. Eventually, the deed was done and we returned to the office.

Mr. Ogreten was waiting for me when I entered the office to give me a small list of changes that needed to be applied to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection finding aid. These adjustments were not particularly time-consuming, but the real heart-breaker came in the form of discovering I had miscounted folders in Box 70. I made sure both the physical and digital numbering aligned with each other before returning the box. Hopefully, this dreadful discovery is not widespread throughout the collection.

When I reported my progress to Mr. Ogreten, he reviewed the finding aid and was mostly pleased with it. He said he would work on transferring the data to Archon (in time, the data would also be transferred to ArchiveSpace). Until then, he pondered on what my next project should be. Eventually, he briefed me about the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Map Collection. Essentially, he wanted an inventory check through the collection as the various flat files were scattered in different drawers and their contents in need of proper recollection.

After retrieving the only box in the collection along with the finding aid, I began to check the contents. Immediately, some problem presented themselves. There were several folders that were not numbered and not counted on the finding aid. Additionally, there were three folders with the same label of “Mickler Map Collection. I. Florida — Roads.” No dates and no distinction between them.

Before moving onto the flat files, Ms. Rubin informed us that it was time for the birthday/send-off celebration. Today was Sarah’s last day at the archives as she recently was hired by Farmers Insurance (she did not what her position would be, though). We used the occasion to celebrate Sammi’s birthday as well even though her birthday is actually next Monday. Regardless, all of us enjoyed talking about Thanksgiving plans, recent television shows watched, and food (of course). Doritos (Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese flavors were available), assorted fruits (cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, and watermelon), pretzel chips with hummus,  and a container that had chocolate fudge with crushed Oreos embedded inside made by Mr. Benjamin as the dessert (some leftover Oreos were also shared between Courtney and myself).

After cleaning up the conference table and putting the food away, I resumed the task at hand. The Mickler Map Collection’s flat files were scattered within the drawers of the Special Collections. Fortunately, the first three were in Drawer 9 together. Even so, these flat files were disorganized and I had to remove them from the drawer to numerically correct the situation. After solving this problem, I began sorting through the first fifteen maps in the flat file only to discover a couple of the maps were either misplaced or missing entirely. Hopefully, they will be discovered as I venture further into the collection.

My shift came to a close as I reported what I had found to Mr. Ogreten. Mr. Ogreten suggested that I place the finding aid I had been inside in my footlocker and I agreed with his suggestion. After which, I wished everyone a wonderful Tanksgiving weekend and bid farewell for the day.

In review, the final edits were made to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection finding aid (hopefully), I was assigned to the Thomas and Georgine Mickler Map Collection, and a joint celebration for a birthday/send-off was hosted. Next week, the inventory check of the Mickler Map Collection will continue. Until then, enjoy the Thanksgiving 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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