May 1, 2019 – “Single Digits!”

Hello, everyone!

As the seniors graduate this weekend and the rest of the student body of the University of Central Florida enjoy a small break before the Summer Semesters, I reached a milestone in my journey through the Home Movie Collection. I finally entered the single digits regarding the number of sets of donated footage left to review. As much as I enjoy this momentous occasion, the current set of films I am currently reviewing contains one of the larger portions in the collection: approximately thirty films in total and almost all consist of footage over ten minutes of run time. Nevertheless, I started my climb to the summit.

As I plugged in the Home Movie Collection hard drive,  I continued from where I left off. At first, most of the footage dealt with the family in question taking a trip to the beach, both as the immediate family and with either extended family members or friends. The images captured in the footage reminded me of an era without the norms seen today. For example, many in the present expect to park their vehicles in a parking lot (complete with pay meters). In the footage, the family and others parked right on the itself.

Other than the fashion of the clothes people wore, the design of the cars, and technology used, the footage seemed timeless in the sense that the subject matter resonated with me (and surely others). These films capture the human experience of starting families, raising them, and documenting their growth. Of course, they documented experiences that give insight to the world around them: their present and our past. A truly fascinating observance of places no longer in existence, norms no longer shared, and people no longer to communicate with.

Eventually, I finished the film file and the set along with it. As I retrieved the folder containing the repair logs and other noted documents for the next set of donated films, I came across an old annoyance: staples. I spent some time removing those staples and some did not relinquish their grip so easily. Triumphantly, I removed those staples and replaced them with PlasiKlips. Afterward, I moved on to the files themselves.

Looking over the guide, something caught my attention. In the past, I came across entries in the guide with no descriptions at all. Curiously, the guide did not disclose any information about very first film of this set. A truly bizarre situation, indeed. To rectify the situation, I paid close attention to the films details.

The film contained footage of a toddler racing back and forth on a sidewalk while their older brother climbed a tree. Next, the film featured the same siblings as the older brother pulled their younger sibling seated on a sled. A very elaborate Easter celebration came next with a very strange abundance of Easter decorations. The brother’s birthday party followed with the guests entertained a baby brought in. Unfortunately, my shift ended just I watched a trip to the pool.

As I closed my progress through the mundane portions of the new set of films, I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned all related materials to the stacks. Before I left, I made sure to bid farewell to the staff. Thankfully, I did not get rained on like last week.

In review, I completed one set of films and started another. Tomorrow, I need to make up the hours for taking last Friday off. While I intend to continue my progress, I must expect interruptions to occur. Until then, enjoy the rest of the day 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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