January 16, 2019 – “Missing Data?”

Hello, everyone!

I think it is apparently obvious that my current assignment, the Home Movie Collection, will be the top priority until otherwise directed. The massive amount of content in the collection certainly is enough to preoccupy me for a long time. In fact, I am not certain when I will be done with it. As long as there are no real issues with the digital files or the records related to the films, I should be fine. Until today.

I entered the office today not expecting anything more than to continue the progress from yesterday. After retrieving the records and hard drive from the stacks, I began by resuming taking notes from the combined file of films 57 through 66. The footage from the films depicted the family I have come to know (sort of) from Miriam Rowe as they attended family reunions, more weddings, and graduations. In a unique case, A trip to Germany (and Switzerland) and visiting European relatives caught my attention.

Even in the early 1970s, the German countryside can only be described as striking and picturesque. The snow-capped mountains, the architecture of the German villages, and the beautiful valleys reminded me why so many artists over the centuries chose locations such as these to be the subject of their work. Of course, the children playing near the trees brought a human element to the sites and a connection to anyone who had at least spent three hours outside as a child. Strangely, a couple farmers or herders were moving a herd of cows through a street, juxtaposed by cars moving by in the other lane. While not entirely uncommon in countries like India, I was not expecting such in Germany!

As entertaining as these sights were, I discovered something that caused some concern. As I prepared to view Film 77, I could not find details in the records of the collection. Repair files for 76 and 78 are in the collection, so either the file is misplaced or the film did not similar care. The latter is doubtful, so where has the file gone? The best I could do for the moment is make note of it and inform Mr. Ogreten later.

Fortunately, I did not encounter similar problems and the video file for Film 77 appeared to work just fine. The film mostly contained disjointed events of a graduation ceremony, sprinkled with random footage within it (such as a man mowing his lawn). Like yesterday, the footage prominently featured a procession of handshakes and hugs given by the graduates and their loved ones. A curious tradition was also noted.

The graduates tied or pinned flowers to their parents’ jackets or dresses. This never happened either at my high school, community college, or university graduations. Was this a tradition from the community? Or was this common practice at the time and has been forgotten or dropped? Perhaps more research is needed to unravel this mystery.

I finished noting the graduates receiving their diplomas as the footage ended within minutes before my shift ended. I quickly packed the hard drive and returned it with the records to the stacks. I bid farewell to everyone before departing for the day.

In review, I discovered some data was missing from the records. The mystery will have to wait as I will not be in the office tomorrow, thus no blogpost. Until Friday, 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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