December 17, 2018 – “Rhythm and Blues Connoisseur”

Hello, everyone!

As the last work week of 2018 begins, the University of Central Florida main campus continues to look more and more desolate. Also, the dismantling of Colbourn Hall resumed and I made sure to document its state before heading to the office. At the office, my archival assignment of cross-checking texts from the Carol Mundy Collection made an interesting turn. Making a brief pause in literary classics and periodicals, a chunk of the materials that were sifted through dealt with Gospel music and Rythm and Blues artists. To say Ms. Mundy’s tastes indicated her as a connoisseur might be an understatement.

To be perfectly clear, there were magazines and other periodicals in the mix of texts in the chunk worked on today. Even more impressive, quite a few of them had profiles in the UCF Library online database (most of the ones I could find a file came from WorldCat). This meant I could simply print that file and place it on the cart with the text itself. The file allows those in the catalog department to find information much quicker and assign the necessary call numbers and the like to texts.

Unfortunately, the majority of this chunk of texts do not have profiles either in the UCF Library online database or WorldCat. Among these texts are songsheets to some Gospel music and Rhythm and Blues music from the early twentieth century. The songs included “Ole Uncle Moon” by Charles P. Scott and I’m Feelin’ Fine by Wesley Hamilton (from 1901).  There was also a biography and discography of Lou Rawl from 1977. These were just a few publications noted.

There were also a few items removed as they did not fit the criteria exactly. For example, a photograph of Millie Jackson and pamphlets promoting a stage play based on her song, “Young Man, Older Woman” (1991), were removed and I recommended them to be reinserted into the collection proper. On a side note, the stage play featured Keisha Jackson, Millie’s daughter, and neither of them is related to the famous Jackson family.

Eventually, I returned to more historically significant publications as Carol Mundy collected copies of speeches of Senator Charles Sumner, who is best remembered as the senator who was canned by Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina while at his desk in the floor of the Senate in 1856. Unfortunately, time was not on my side. I only had enough time to write the title of Sumner’s speech about the Kansas-Nebraska Act before my shift ended. I saved my work, logged off from my computer, put the cart back in stacks, and said farewell to the staff as I left for the day.

In review, more publications and periodicals from the Carol Mundy Collection were noted as well as music and lyric sheets from the twentieth century. Tomorrow, perhaps I can finish this cross-section of these publications and move on to my next assignment. If so, it will be the last one of 2018. Until then, enjoy the evening 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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