As this arduous week comes to a close, work at the archives today relaxed. As previously mentioned in yesterday’s post, my main goal was to conclude editing the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection’s finding aid. In addition, Mr. Ogreten assigned my next task of scouring through a collection of photographs and slides for anything related to the University of Central Florida or, specifically, its Performing Arts/Drama/Theater Department. The highlight of the day came in the form of our lunch: a celebration of the end of the semester at the ’63 South restaurant on campus. Altogether, the format was a perfect way to end the week.
As I walked into the office, the certainty of concluding the edits to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection’s finding aid. The remaining series (Personal Files, Photographs, and Memorabilia) combined did not equate to the sheer volume of the Senate Files, so less time was spent removing commas, eliminating duplicates, and untangling entries. An unforeseen dilemma came in form of the lack of descriptions for the audio and video formats. From past experience with the Michael O’Shaughnessey Collection, each VHS and audio cassette needed a description that notified potential researchers of their format.
Eventually, I overcame all of these obstacles before and finished the finding aid before noon. Before I could settle into picture hunting, Mr. Ogreten and Ms. Rubin prepared everyone for our end of the semester luncheon at ’63 South. I had not been to the place since the Spring Semester, so I was looking forward to the treat. After finding a decent place to sit, I gathered my meal of lasagna, assorted vegetables, a dish of noodles, chicken, carrots, spinach, cabbage, and green beans cooked with sweet and sour sauce, and two slices of pizza. I also spoke with Joe Kaminski about the Knights’ chance against the LSU Tigers at the Fiesta Bowl.
After returning from lunch, I began my new assignment. As a whole, I only found a few slides that depicted the campus from the 1970s. Other slides depicted possible faculty and students at the time, though these perhaps need further review. An interesting discovery amongst the large collection were slides of images of a Senator Edmund Muskie rally during the 1972 Democratic Primary Election. George Stuart volunteered for Muskie’s Campaign before being elected as the City Commissioner of District 2 himself.
Before the day ended, I managed to clear three boxes filled with three to four binders worth of mostly slides (one binder contained negatives). There was one binder left in the box I worked with that I did not check and one box after that for next week. Also, I set aside two sleeves of slides to be sorted and placed into more stable sleeves. Alas, these tasks would have to wait as 5:00 PM signaled the end of my shift. I bid farewell to Mr. Ogreten and left for the day.
In review, edits were completed to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection’s finding aid, attended the end of the semester luncheon at ’63 South, and began (nearly completed, too) my next assignment. Next week, I plan on continuing from where I stopped and perhaps will finish on Monday. Until then, enjoy the weekend and stay safe! Bye!