May 8, 2019 – “Disney, Swimming Competitions, and Shelf Measurements”

Hello, everyone!

Today, I finished one of the largest sets of films in the Home Movie Collection! The majority of the remaining footage deal with a visit to Disney World, more swimming related activities, and dancing. Also, Mr. Ogreten asked a small favor of me as a side assignment. All in all, I experienced a good day at the office.

When I entered the office and greeted the staff, I retrieved the Home Movie Collection materials from the stacks and prepared to finish another set of films. The last two files touched upon previously filmed subjects.

The first file started with a family trip to Walt Disney World in 1971, where the witnessed a parade of classic Disney characters like Mikey Mouse (of course), Donald Duck, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, the Seven Dwarves from Snow White, and a few others. They filmed a lot of Main Street USA and some of the features such as the horse-drawn trolley (this makes me question about the readiness of the electric trolleys now). As for attractions, the family took pictures of and filmed the Dumbo ride.  The last bit from the footage from Disney involved the children posing for a picture with an Eeyore mascot.

The next notable footage involved the family filming at a swimming competition, several actually. The family seemingly entered their children to compete on a frequent basis, especially their daughter. While most of the venues looked as though they belonged to the local YMCA, one in particular looked massive enough to hold over a sizeable amount of people and still the competitors looked crammed together on the sidelines. Somehow the managed to hold the competition despite the the apparent discomfort.

The family also filmed people dancing on two separate occasions. The first involved footage of an earlier momen on another reel that involved a group of boys and girls square dancing in a classroom. I am not sure if the footage in this particular reel either simply comes from the same even or the same exact footage. I did not bother checking, so I cannot answer the inquiry. The second footage of people dancing involved people mimicing the Russian folk dance during an evening celebration and wondered wahat kind of music warranted this peculiar display (the footage contains no sound, so my curiosity remains unfulfilled).

As I was finishing the second file, Mr. Ogreten asked for my assistance. He wanted me to measure the spaces remaining on the bookshelves to calculate how much space allowed for more publications in its holdings. I opted to use a foot long ruler instead of measuring tape (something that I am going to change for future use) and started measuring. I managed to calculate space for four shelves before realizing I did not possess the time to complete this task. I returned my notes to Mr. Ogreten that I explained to him that I am going to finish on Friday (at least try to).

As my shift waned, I quickly wrote the notes for the remaining footage. Once I finished, I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and returned all related materials to the stacks. Afterward, I bid all the staff farewell and left for the day.

In review, I finished another set of films and began a task for Mr. Ogreten. On Friday, I am going to finish this task and begin a new set of films. 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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