February 18, 2019 – “Delegation of Duties and Niagara Falls”

Hello, everyone!

As with every Monday, the responsibility of cleaning the fifth-floor study hall fell squarely on my shoulders. By now, this should not be a surprise. Ms. Rubin did surprise me by notifying me of future responsibilities to be added to my schedule. As for the Home Movie Collection, the vast majority of the footage reviewed dealt with the usual family moments such as birthdays, Christmas celebrations, family outings, and proms. Fortunately, this family did go to a notable site to make this batch of films unique: Niagara Falls and Gloucester, Massachusetts!

After entering the office, I collected the necessary cleaning supplies and began the task ahead. The whole process took approximately forty minutes as I scoured nearly every desk and I cleaned the vast majority of them. To be fair, a student asked me for some Lysol wipes so they could clean their desk and I did not object (one less desk for me to clean). Unfortunately, someone placed gum underneath a desk’s armrest and since it hardened, the gum took longer to remove. I am thankful that I did not encounter any more headaches like this.

Before I settled down and resumed reviewing more footage from the Home Movie Collection, Ms, Rubin informed me of some responsibilities delegated to me due to Kryslynn’s departure. In addition to cleaning the fifth-floor study hall, my tasks include shelving or re-shelving the books stored in the archives. Ms. Rubin felt that I should take the Library of Congress book number test, the same one I completed as an intern. She did not say when exactly I am going to take the test, but I assume that I will take it fairly soon (the results of which will be posted on that day’s entry).

As I said before, the majority of the footage reviewed dealt with family cookouts, birthdays, lakeside trips, Christmas celebrations, and another prom. A little confusion ensued when I tried to pinpoint which footage corresponded with the label “Whittier’s Camp.” Based on quick research, Camp Whittier is located near Santa Barbara, California. When I examined photographs from Camp Whittier, I chose the best the candidate among the footage that shared similarities in terms terrain and foliage (since the footage comes from the 1960s, some of the buildings shown might not even exist anymore). In contrast, the next location did not cause any confusion at all: Niagara Falls!

When the family visited Niagara Falls, the waterways remained frozen due to the winter weather and the boats tied to docks. The videographer managed to get a good shot of the elevator system that allowed people to get to the base of the Falls. After spending time admiring Niagara Falls, the family moved onto the sights of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Gloucester, a town situated Cape Ann, hosts a fishing community dating back to 1623. At the time of filming, the waves crashed against the rocky shores and docks of the cape, leaving quite an impression for anyone watching the footage. Also, the family filmed themselves with the historic Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial. The monument, modeled after Captain Clayton Morrissey of the Effie M. Morrissey, stands in memory to fisherman from the region lost at sea. Shortly after, I returned all of the collection materials to the stacks, bid everyone farewell, and left for the day.

In review, I completed my usual responsibilities, learned I am inheriting more responsibilities, and reviewed more footage from the Home Movie Collection. Aside from the latter, I honestly do not know what to expect for tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the rest of 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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