March 27, 2019 – “Time Stamps”

Hello, everyone!

Another day at the archives closes and I inch ever closer to completing the guide for the Home Movie Collection. I finished reviewing one group of donated films and the notes pretty much covered the next batch. The notes even time stamped the major events! Certainly made my job easier as I verified the time stamps and the description in the notes. In short, today seemed to be very nonchalant.

After plugging in the Home Movie Collection, I resumed watching the last footage of a small donation to the collection. The first six minutes featured two women and a man taking turns riding a motorized bicycle. Not a motorcycle, a motorized bicycle. Afterward, the remaining footage centered on baby footage. I watched as a child grew and experienced moments such as his first Christmas, learned how to walk, and enjoy his birthday party.

As finished the last film, I consulted the repair logs regarding the next batch of donated films. Strangely, none of the logs bore any labels or descriptions of the film’s content. With no choice but to rely on the information recorded in the guide, I started the next round of footage.

Since my predecessors did most of the work for me, my task simply revolved around verifying the footage’s time stamps, separating the footage by reel (as the files condensed multiple reels into one file), and confirming the descriptions in the guide. While most descriptions matched the shown footage, I made a slight correction. Whoever viewed these films last labeled one past as the Port Authority from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Upon viewing the footage, I immediately corrected the description as the footage did not originate from Cape Canaveral: the Port Authority building came from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, as evident by the pavilions in the footage.

The rest of the footage’s descriptions in the guide did not require much alteration. I did add descriptions to footage not covered in the notes. Even more fascinating, some of the footage featured in some files repeated in the very next file. I wondered if this came from the digitization process and whoever handled these films did not correct their mistakes. In any case, I made note of these in the guides and continued onward in viewing more footage.

Eventually, my shift came to a close. I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned all related materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, I finished reviewed one set of donated films and simply verified the information about another. On Friday, I finish this current set of films and maybe move on to a new set. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and tomorrow! 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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