January 4, 2019 – “Shorter than Expected”

Hello, everyone!

In comparison to the last couple of days, I fully expected the remainder of my assignment to last most of today. To my surprise, I managed to finish updating the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Collection in a much shorter timespan. Under these circumstances, I asked for a short assignment from Ms. Rubin. Additionally, Mr. Benjamin retrieved very familiar items for unknown purposes. Perhaps the best course of action is to explain the events in more detail.

From the start, I knew the second scrapbook from the recent additions of Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Collection had smaller content than the first one. I believed dismantling the scrapbook would take less time than the first as the pages were not adhesive. This feature did factor into the pace of my work and, despite having to use a scalpel to remove lightly-glued material from the scrapbook pages, I caught myself off guard by finishing the scrapbook in less than an hour.

Even without Mr. Ogreten’s guidance, two steps in the process surely remained. The first of which included renumbering the folders in relation to the newest additions of the folders containing the scrapbook pages and editing the finding aid in correlation to these changes. In comparison to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, the approximately twenty folders did not induce agony. The second step involved applying new labels to all the boxes in the collection with updated information.

In other words, the number of boxes increased by one and the date range had to be changed from “1945-2017” to “1945-2018.” While making the template did not require much difficult work, the only mishap occured when I mistakenly set the wrong side of the label sheet in the printer. Aside from this, applying the new labels did not take too long.

With all of my work from before the break taken care of, I did not have an assignment. After taking my lunch break, I asked Ms. Rubin for a small assignment for the day. Ms. Rubin responded by letting me work on the Michael Berman Collection. My colleague Candice had been rehousing the slides in the collection into more archival appropriate sleeves and Ms. Rubin said I could continue from where Candice left off from. Before I could settle into replacing the sleeves for the slides, Chris Saclolo informed me that Mr. Benjamin needed assistance on the first floor loading bay.

After a small wait, Mr. Benjamin arrived and gave us a couple of items to take to the office. Chris carried three copies of Harrison “Buzz” Price’s 2004 book, Walt’s Revolution!: By the Numbers (https://www.amazon.com/Walts-Revolution-Harrison-Buzz-Price/dp/1893951065), and I carried a heavy box that presumably contained more copies of the book. After setting the box down on our conference table near Mr. Benjamin’s office, I returned rehousing slides. The process did not take too long and I eventually returned the collection to Ms. Rubin before leaving for the day.

In review, the remaining steps for the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida Collection were completed, a box was carried to the office, and slides from the Michael Berman Collection were rehoused. Mr. Ogreten returns next week and hopefully new assignments. 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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