January 14, 2019 – “Spring Cleaning”

Hello, everyone!

As a new week begins, the campus continues to change. Less and less of the rubble that once was Colbourn Hall remains. The workers hollowed out the center of the wreckage, leaving only an outer perimeter of debris to scoop up. Likewise, today marked my first cleaning duties of the fifth-floor study hall in 2019. As for archival assignments, the Home Movie Collection remains the top priority.

Apparently, my cleaning schedule did not change with the new semester and Mondays still are my responsibility. As such, I gathered the necessary supplies while curious about the state of the study hall. My curiosity settled as I noticed coffee cup stains, pencil markings, and the occasional hair strands.

Despite some of these rather disgusting leftovers, the overall state of the study hall was relatively in good condition. To my surprise, a student even asked me for a Lysol wipe to clean their own mess! A small smirk did creep on my face as I handed her a wipe, thinking if only more people were this thoughtful of their actions.

Upon returning to the office and place the cleaning supplies in the office closet, I gathered the record box and the hard drive for the Home Movie Collection. Last week, I left off in the middle of the large number of films donated by Miriam Rowe. I resumed this process by looking through Films 36 through 48.

To be clear, a lot of these films were grouped together in the digitized sound files and resulted in the compiled files being at least twenty to thirty minutes. Part of my task is to sort which of these films matched the records noted in the physical box.  Until today, everything seemingly lined up perfectly. My concerns started when I reviewed the file that supposedly contained films 36 through 42.

The breaks between footage that were on different reels are quite clear. Once the images stop being reeled and an opaque field background appears, this represents the end of one reel and beginning of another. This particular compiled file had four breaks in the footage when there should be at least three more. Where is the other footage? I noted it and once I finish my initial review of everything, my plan is to inform Mr. Ogreten of the discrepancy.

On a lighter note, the vehicles helped me date some of the footage not labeled with such information. One film, in particular, featured a red car that I misread as a Monte Carlo. What the car actual was a Toyota Celica and I used this information, plus certain features of the car to track down the model year. I concluded the car was a Model A60 manufactured between either from 1982 to 1985 as the car featured rear vents which were present on the models from those years.

Other vehicles featured also sparked my memory, especially a red Chevrolet Astro. My other job uses white Astros and seeing the red one. Though not an Astro, my dad once owned a van prior to our move from Minnesota to Florida in 1993. Thoughts of my own home movies lead me to think about digitizing them one day. In any event, I bid farewell to everyone and left the office for the day after cleaning up my workspace.

In review, I cleaned the fifth-floor study hall and watched more home movies. Tomorrow, more home movies await me. 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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