May 3, 2019 – “Ending of the Spring 2019 Semester”

Hello, everyone!

At the University of Central Florida, most of the student body either graduates this weekend or enjoys a small break before returning in two weeks. This affects the archives as most of my colleagues fall into those categories and the workload shifts accordingly. As such, my supervisors relied on me to help more often in the office and complete tasks that others normally did in the past. Nonetheless, I completed whatever they asked without question of difficulty as well as get further along in the Home Movie Collection. As a result, I made significant progress.

As I entered the office, I gathered all the materials related to the Home Movie Collection with the intent to at least reach the midpoint of the current donated films I reviewed. In general, most of the footage I viewed today contained scenes of several Christmas celebrations from 1966 to 1968, a few birthday parties, and a trip to Florida in 1972. Through these various moments, I found out that my previous theory regarding two of the children (probably cousins) sharing the same birthday gained some traction.

As a reminder, I noticed during a birthday a celebration that an eight-year-old (or six-year-old) boy and a one-year-old girl got separate cakes on the same day. I theorized that either they shared the same birthday or their birthdays shared close proximity to each other that the parents decided to hold a joint celebration. The footage I saw today only fueled my belief in the latter as the most likely answer.

Other footage of note includes their 1972 trip to Florida. Of course, they visited Walt Disney World as the film displayed the monorail system at various angles. Strangely, they did not show any aspect of the park outside of the monorail and, in retrospect, I question if they even set foot in the park itself. They undisputedly visited a place that featured a petting zoo and horse rides, so I wonder if that place belonged Disney or not? Regardless, the last bit of film from their trip featured a boat ride on Lake Buena Vista.

While watching these files, Ms. Rubin assigned a task for me to complete. Like yesterday, thirty boxes needed to be reshelved in the University Archives room. So, I took on the task without assistance and surprised everyone by finishing in a timely manner. Later, Mr. Ogreten and Ms. Rubin required my assistance in moving some carts to the same room and swapping them for empty carts to take to the fifth-floor. Taking these instances into account, my shift did not exactly go interrupted.

Eventually, my shift closed. I managed to reach my intended goal for the day, despite interruptions. Alas, I saved my work, unplugged the hard drive, packed it, and returned it to the stacks. Afterwards, I bid farewell to the remaining staff and left for the weekend.

In review, I achieved a short term goal despite a few interruptions. Next week, I hope to make significant progress towards completing my viewing of the Home Movie Collection. Until the, stay safe and enjoy the weekend! 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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