For most people, Friday represents the end of a work week. For those who work in the University of Central Florida Library’s Special Collections and University Archives, Fridays start next work week. As I started the new week, I finished the last bit of the time stamps and verification of certain footage over the week. The next batch of footage an extravaganza of the mundane: Christmas parties, weddings (wedding receptions, too), and birthday day parties! While these events mean a lot to the people depicted, these films count among the many I watched through the course of three months and I saw plenty of them.
Before I continued my journey through the Home Movie Collection, I completed my Friday responsibility or reshelving books. Interestingly, the publications in question just happened to be some of the publications I helped find serial classifications for. Everything seemed to come back full circle in this regard. Once I finished, I retrieved the Home Movie Collection hard drive. After plugging in the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I resumed my progress.
Throughout the course of this particular set of films, I noticed a trend in the latter half that whoever wrote the descriptions in the guide. Three general statements of what the footage contains and maybe a time stamp constituted most of these entries (no separations of what footage belonged on which reel, either). Fortunately, I entered more descriptive text into the guide that solved most of these conundrums.
Once I finished these, I began a new set of films. I pleasantly discovered labels written on the repair logs that I could use as a reference point. For example, one reel contained two weddings (and their receptions), a birthday party, and a “shower.” Before watching the film, I thought “shower” referred to a baby shower. As I watched the footage, I corrected myself as I saw that the event question happened to be a bridal shower (context matters).
While family footage continues to remain prominent in this particular group of footage, I did not encounter a single frame of a vacation. I am not sure if any vacation footage exists in this batch. I guess as I watch more that this question answers itself.
Before my shift ended, I check one more time if any books needed to be shelved and the cart stayed empty. So, 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 fulfiled my Friday responsibilities, finished watching a set of films in the Home Movie Collection, and moved on to the next set. Next week, I inch ever closer to completing the guide. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the weekend! Bye!