January 11, 2019 – “Birthdays, Weddings, and Christmas Extravaganza”

Hello, everyone!

As another week comes to an end, the ceaseless demands of an archive keep in perspective the work to be done for the next week. The range of the footage of the Home Movie Collection is quite expansive: family trips, weddings, birthdays, and Christmas celebrations. Precious memories digitized for posterity. My task includes making sure the records match the footage as well as complete what predecessors left.

As I entered the office, I retrieved the My Book Studio II hard drive from the stack as well as the box containing the records. Francesca, who previously worked with the collection, had started from the bottom of the list of donors. So, I decided to continue from where she left off and meet John Settle’s notes in the document.

Some of these home movies struck a chord in me. While I may not know the exact location of where this certain footage took place, a home movie of a family standing outside of a home in presumably in the midwestern United States reminded me of my grandparents’ home. The architecture and design of the house had similarities to those familiar to me from Minnesota. They certainly did not look those found in Florida.

Perhaps the most prolific portion of films encountered came from those donated by a Miriam Rowe. Despite the over sixty pieces of film compiled and digitized, the number of files was quite large. Some which did get handled by John Settle, so I had the privilege of watching Rowe’s family reunions and about six wedding celebrations.

I noticed some humorous anecdotes among the grooms depicted. One wedding had one brother getting married and the other as either the Best Man or at least one of his groomsman. Whether this foreshadowing was intentional or not, the filmer focused in on the other brother as he watched his just-married brother walk hand-in-hand with his new bride. The next wedding filmed was of that onlooking brother.

Other interesting moments include the birthday celebrations of a girl, from her first to her sixth. Watching a child grow in these captured moments in time made me appreciate how precious life is. I wondered what she is doing in the present as she would be in her forties now.

As I continued my work, Ms. Rubin asked me to instruct Candice how to clean the fifth-floor study hall. Apparently, she is assuming some of the responsibilities Kryslynn had last semester. I did my best to pass on the instructions Mr. Benjamin gave me onto her and what she needed to mindful of. Likewise, Ms. Rubin reminded me that my cleaning date remained on Mondays.

At 2:48 PM, I stopped and saved my work to begin packing everything back into their respective containers. Packing the hard drive seems to be a constant hassle with the adapter cord (the one that plugs into a socket or power strip). The prongs are not retractable and can be an obstacle when packing the hard drive. Nonetheless, I managed to return it to its shelf space and bid farewell to everyone as I left for the day.

In review, I continued noting the footage in the Home Movie Collection and instructed Candice how to clean the fifth-floor study hall. Next week, I resume working on the Home Movie Collection and my cleaning responsibilities. 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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