January 22, 2019 -“Eagles and Unknown Monuments”

Hello, everyone!

The extended weekend recharged me for this week in time for the Home Movies Collection to provide new challenges to solve. While some films did not require much to infer as to the location depicted (Heidelberg, West Germany, for example), others proved quite difficult to ascertain. Also, another bird required identification as I did not recognize it immediately. These ventures consumed a large portion of my time and definitely highlighted my struggles through the collection.

When I entered the office and retrieved the materials related to the Home Hovie Collection, I became aware of some interesting developments. Mr. Ogreten came by to check on my progress and I opened the documents to let him see my work. As I did, he informed that the transfer from Archon to AchiveSpace had officially begun and that meet there would not be any new finding aids added until the transfer was complete. That did not mean we could not have data ready to transfer to the new system, though. In any case, I knew that I probably would not have been able to create the Home Movie Collection’s finding aid in time, based on the number of films I need to review.

On that note, I proceeded onto reviewing the collection. The content of the films revolved around the trip to Heidelberg, West Germany (film was taken in the early 1970s, so Germany was divided at the time), more footage from a previously mentioned family reunion, footage of the Jack Gray wedding from a different person filming (the videographer captured the vow exchange and kiss, too), a funeral, and a zoo trip. I do believe the donor, Miriam Rowe, is even featured in this batch of films.

In the midst of these films, a misidentification in the notes was discovered. My predecessors noted that the family visited a monument that overlooked a river and a city. The wrote that the monument in question was the Tomb of President Ulysses S. Grant. The following are screenshots of the footage in question.

unknown monumentunknown monument baseunknown monument cannonriverside

[Home Movies Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida].

For comparison sake, the following is an image of the real Grant’s Tomb:


[King of Hearts [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons]

I corrected this mistake and tried my best to identify the monument in question. I searched through a database of New York’s Civil War monument and none of them matched, unfortunately. The next attempt came from Courtney, who suggested taking the images and use the Google Images search bar. None of the pictures above yielded the desired results!  If anyone is familiar with this monument and its location, I would appreciate it if they could be given in the comments section.

A similar situation occurred when footage of a zoo trip included a tour. I was able to identify most of the animals shown in the footage, but a certain bird of prey caught my attention. I could not readily tell what bird it was: the bird had a yellow beak, dark feathers, light-colored talons, and white marking patterns on its wings. Save for some prairie dogs, most of the other animals shown in the footage were all African native creatures. I did my best comparing African birds of prey to the bird in question and the best one that matched it was the bateleur eagle (the bird of prey was fairly large, so it had to be an eagle of some sort).

Eventually, my searching had to come to an end as my shift’s closing time approached. I paused the footage I currently was watching and unplugged, packed, and returned the hard drive and record box to the stacks. Afterwards, I bid farewell to the staff and departed for the day.

In review, I continued reviewing the Home Movie Collection and found two different subjects of research that confounded me. Tomorrow, I am going to resume from the film I left off and continue through the collection. 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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