May 2, 2019 – “Doughnuts, Tacos, Videos, and Boxes”

Hello, everyone!

I usually do not work in the archives on Thursdays, but I took last Friday off and I substituted those hours for today. While I intended to continue through the Home Movie Collection, the hands of fate seemed to set a series of events that I never considered to happen. Events like doughnuts brought by Mr. Ogreten, a Taco Thursday event held in the staff lounge, and preparing boxes for their eventual move to the ARC interjected themselves into my routine. As such, my shift became a severely disjointed one.

When I entered the office, I noticed a box of Dunkin Donuts sitting on the conference table. I asked one of my colleagues if they knew anything about it and she became curious as well. We later learned Mr. Ogreten brought a box of assorted doughnuts to commemorate the last day Joseph Kaminski worked at the archives. Eventually, everyone gathered around the table and enjoyed each others company as devoured the doughnuts (save for, as Joe put it, a “bottom-tier” jelly doughnut).

With the doughnuts devoured, I turned my attention to the Home Movie Collection. I retrieved the hard drive and records from the stacks to resume my work from yesterday. I left off from footage of the family visiting a pool and the boys diving into it. Most of the remaining footage dealt with Christmas and birthday celebrations ranging from 1966 to 1970.

Interestingly, one of the labels mentioned a wedding in the middle of the footage. When I watched the footage in question, the footage did not contain any images of the bride and groom at all. Just group photo poses and a lovely older couple (not the bride and groom). Very strange.

As I continued through the footage, Ms. Rubin needed the computer I used in order to scan some documents. So, I removed myself and decided to take a break. When I went to the staff lounge, I discovered a buffet table filled with food. I did not ask those there for the reason why for the food and I returned to the office to ask Mr. Ogreten about it. He told me that some of the faculty belonged to a charitable group and they put together this “Taco Thursday” event.

Basically, guests pay three dollars and some change for their food (and a dollar and fifty cents for seconds) and the proceeds go to their charity. While a noble cause, my interest laid with the food itself. Luckily, the food tasted very good and I commend the people who made it. Especially, the lemon cake for dessert.

Afterward, I resumed my work. I thought the rest of my shift simply dealt with Home Movie Collection. Little did I know that Ms. Rubin assigned me to assist me to help Joe one last time. At some point, either Joe or Ms. Rubin labeled fifty-seven boxes in the University Archives. While we did not need to transfer the boxes to the ARC itself, we did need to place them back on their shelves in numerical order. After spinning boxes to face the right direction, we completed the task under thirty minutes.

When we returned to the offfice, I quickly saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned everything to the stacks. Before I left, I especially thanked Joseph and wished him well in his future endeavors. Afterward, I said farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, my shift did not go as intended and constant interruptions kept me from making much progress. Still, I thanked Joseph Kaminski and told him that I enjoyed working with him. That said, I want to get my shift back on track tomorrow. Until then, enjoy 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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