February 25, 2019 – “The Canadian Rockies”

Hello, everyone!

Before recounting the day’s events, there is some news regarding the “mystery tank” from last week. Over the weekend, I asked some tank enthusiasts about the tank in question and the responses varied. Some felt that the tank was a regular M4 Sherman with paint on the front, others thought the tank was a Sherman Firefly (an M4 Sherman modified with a British three-inch seventeen pounder anti-tank gun), and the majority felt the Sherman was a composite tank in the process of shipping to either Britain or the Soviet Union as part of lend-lease program.  As such, the tank’s identity remains inconclusive (other than most agreeing that the tank is some sort of M4 Sherman). On that note, the report of today’s events can begin.

As always, the first act of the Monday schedule involves cleaning the fifth-floor study hall. I decided to change my modus operandi by starting from the furthest portion of the study hall and ending at the entrance to the archives. Fortunately, the desks did not need much cleaning. Perhaps not many people used the study hall over the weekend? Regardless, I finished cleaning within a span of thirty minutes.

Next, I checked out the stacks to see if I needed to do my other, new responsibility: shelving duty. Unlike last Friday, the cart did contain four books that needed to be returned to their rightful place. Though two of the books required me to use a step stool to reach the shelf they belonged, the task did not seem too difficult. With my office responsibilities completed, I turned to Mr. Ogreten for advice.

My grandparents recently sent me two valuable family documents and I asked Mr. Ogreten about what archival materials he recommended best suited the job at hand. He discussed the type of acid-free folder to use, using archival tissue paper to wrap the documents in, using a backboard to prevent the document from bending, and the size of folder envelope to place all of the rest into. I thanked him for his advice and took a moment to research the prices for the materials I need. Certainly, a chunk of my next paycheck contributes to these endeavors.

When I eventually plugged into the Home Movie Collection, the next video files dealt with a family trip through the Canadian Rockies. The California natives drove their vehicle through Oregon, spent some time in Washington (took boat tours along the Washington coast), visited Peace Arch Park (the arch symbolizes the peaceful relationship between the United States and Canada), moved through the Canadian Rockies, visited McKinley Park in Alaska, wen back down through the provinces of  Yukon Territory (visited the capital of Whitehorse), British Columbia, and Alberta.  Needless to say, much of the footage comprised of the beautiful geological terrain of the Canadian West. Of course, the last footage on the reel dealt with a wedding in California during 1968 (the footage was surprisingly brief, though).

Eventually, my shift came to an. After checking to make sure I did not need to shelve any more books, I packed the Home Movie Collection hard drive and returned all related materials to their rightful place in the stacks. Once I accomplished that task, I bid farewell to the rest of the staff and left for the day.

In review, I cleaned the fifth-floor study hall, shelved some books, and continued vieweing more video files from the Home Movie Collection. I also received some advice from Mr. Ogreten in regards to preserving some family documents. Tomorrow, I continue reviewing video files. 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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