January 15, 2019 – “Procession of Handshakes”

Hello, everyone!

Before recounting my activities today in the archives, there is a disclaimer about my schedule that needs to be addressed. Do not expect any posts on Thursdays as I have taken that day off to work on my thesis unless stated otherwise. For example, next Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the library will be closed. As such, I will be working next Thursday to substitute those work hours.  Now that this disclaimer and notification has been addressed, the countenance of today can be recited.

I entered the office with my clear objective of continuing to review the Home Movie Collection. Before I retrieved the hard drive and records, I made sure I turned in my timesheet in order to set my schedule for my supervisors. With that minor detail handled, I focused my attention on the collection.

As previously noted, my progress the collection stopped at the Miriam Rowe portion. Films 50 through 59 of her donated materials featured more footage a family reunion from 1984, some sort of school ceremonies from 1974 and 1975, a trip in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a trip in either Austria or Germany (the signs in the footage were in German, but did not indicate where they were). Some of which needs better context for the viewer: a procession of handshaking does not tell viewers about the event depicted. I have watched moments in this family’s lifetime that certainly to be treasured and it leads me to ask some questions.

Of the footage I have reviewed, I have watched the graduation, wedding, on the first birthdays of the children of the mother and father prominently featured in the clips. My questions ranged from their current well-being, their children’s well-being (they have to be in their forties now), if they have copies of these home movies, and if those copies are digitized like in the archives. A part of me will be a little sad to move on to another part of the collection as I have kind of got attached to them, even though I do not know their names.

Since most of the footage I am reviewing comes from the late 1970s and into the 1980s, my colleague Courtney and I commented on the hairstyles and clothing of the eras. Some of which uniquely define the era, others look as if they could be worn today and not be seen as strange. This lead to everyone in the office having conversations about our parents wearing certain hairstyles (My father wore a perm when we lived in Minnesota in the early nineties). Some styles have returned into fashion since then: bell-bottom pants, flat top haircuts, and fanny packs are among those that I have seen in recent times. The cyclical nature of nostalgic trends still fascinate and bewilder me from time to time.

Unfortunately, the closing time of my shift occurred as I was in the middle of a video file. I begrudgingly heeded the diminishing time and properly returned the hard drive and records to their proper places in the stacks.   As soon as I finished, I bid everyone farewell and left for the day.

In review, I continued to trudge through the Home Movie Collection, detailing the images depicted in the films. Tomorrow, more of the same awaits. 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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