December 13, 2018 – “A Presidential Party and Cross-Examining the Past”

Hello, everyone!

My expectations for today included a rather quiet work day. Perhaps then this should not come as a surprise that my expectations did not match reality. After taking more pictures of the stages of Colbourn Hall being torn down, I entered the office only to be told by Ms. Rubin that the rest of staff were at a party hosted at President Dale Whittaker’s home. This unexpected turn of events only accounted for a fraction of the occurrences today.

While my other colleagues enjoyed themselves at the President’s home, Ms. Rubin decided that we would head over there once she finished some brief work. In the meantime, I managed to make more additions to the list of projects Disney planned and canceled for Christopher E. Smith’s research. Not too long after, Ms. Rubin finished her work and we walked over to the President’s home.

The President’s home was established during President John C. Hitt’s term and is located in a somewhat secluded area near the Duke Energy University Welcome Center on campus. I never knew of its existence until today. Regardless, Ms. Rubin and I split to indulge ourselves in the confectionary delights and beverages at the house party. While I did not wait in line to talk to President Whittaker (I saw him speaking with guests, though), I did get my picture taken with a Santa-outfitted Knightro (the mascot of the University of Central Florida Knights). Eventually, Ms. Rubin had our fill and returned to the office.

Once back at the office, I continued to cross check for Disney projects in the Harrison “Buzz” Price Collection. Mr. Ogreten informed me that he needed to contact Mr. Smith soon and I should finish soon. Fortunately, I soon finished scouring the collection and informed Mr. Ogreten of the completed Word document. Needless to say, he was very impressed in the effort put forth and thought my document would be useful for internal use as well.

My next assignment seemed eerily familiar to a previous one. Mr. Ogreten assigned me to cross-check some books and periodicals that belonged to the Carol Mundy Collection through the UCF Library Database and WorldCat. For some context, Carol Mundy was an avid collector of African Americana and donated historical documents ranging from land tracts belonging to African Americans after the Civil War (in Florida, no less) to roster list of Buffalo Soldiers under Abner Doubleday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN4Z7hfLtyQ). Among the books she collected that I examined were two editions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from the 1890s and issues of The American Museum and The London Magazine from the 1700s!

While these items astonished me, most of these pamphlets, magazine issues, periodicals, and, sadly, books did not appear in either database. I recorded what information I could from the items onto a Word document to be printed out later instead. I grew concerned for the older items being exposed to the elements, so I carefully placed them into acid-free letter folders and labeled them (the magazine issues also had a serial holding number assigned to them). Though I diligently researched each document, the PA system notified us at 4:30 PM that the library was closing in thirty minutes. In response, I finished what I could, saved my work, stored the documents onto a cart to be placed in the stacks, and made sure to write next week’s schedule on the bulletin board before leaving.

In review, I enjoyed myself at a small party at President Dale Whittaker’s home, completed my assignment of gathering a list of inquiries and planned Disney projects that were cancelled, and began checking through books and periodicals that belonged to the Carol Mundy Collection. During the final week at the archives in 2018, I hope to complete this assignment and whatever small assignment Mr. Ogreten gives me to tide me over. Until then, enjoy the 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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