The Remainder of the Week of May 13-17, 2019

Hello, everyone!

As I previously stated, I am renewing an old format as I am working on my thesis. I already noted most of what occuredon Monday, I will not review the occurances of that day. Instead, the events of the rest of the week, however short, will be noted to be the best of my ability.

On Tuesday, I finished reviewing a set of donated films from the Home Movie Collection that brought a unique feature with its records. As a reminder, this collection came with a Year Book planner that contained descriptions of the footage seen in the film related to the collection. The descriptions helped tremendously for the first ten films, only to fall apart for the rest of the of the films.

The remainder of the set felt like trying to solve a puzzle: what description fit which film. I swear something happened during the digitization process that caused some of the films to mismatch. I though that perhaps someone placed some of  reels in the wrong cannisters and they digitized the films together in that order without the planner’s notes? Or did they even know about the planner at all?

Regardless, I noted some familiar locales the family visited such as Niagara Falls, an amusement park called Petticoat Junction (located at Panama City, Florida, the Old West theme park opened in 1963 and closed in 1984), the 1961 Orange Bowl in Miami, the Jungle Land theme park in Panama City, Florida,  New Smyrna Beach, and the St. George Island Bridge. Other footage such as birthdays and Christmas celebrations appeared more often. As much of an interesting challenge as trying match footage with the notes, I looked forward to a more stabilized set of films. The next set did not disappoint.

The next mostly involved the life of a U.S. military officer and his family stationed at the Midway Atoll. The footage came with a letter from the donor, who stated she lived the life a military brat a child. She told of how her family moved there from 1957 to 1958 and films depicted mostly moments from  that time frame.

While the family enjoyed picnics, barbeques, trips to the beach, and participated in parades, the footage also spent a great deal exhibiting the local wildlife of the island. Frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, and the island’s most notable animal, the albatross (also known as “gooney birds”), all caught the attention of the videographer. As interesting as watching how life on the Midway Atoll during the late 1950s unfolded, the family did visit other locations.

The father visited Saigon and Da Nang while deployed in Vietnam during the war and filmed the Trung Sisters’ Monument and the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception among other monuments and sites. The family as a whole visited San Diego, the Cabrillo Lighthouse, and the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately, I did not finish before my shift ended.

As for office work, I received another responsibility. I am not just cleaning the fifth-floor study hall on Monday, I am also doing on Friday now, too. Also, the staff (me included)helped Ms. Rubin move some of the University Archive collections to be moved to the ARC. Thankfully, our physical labor paid off and met our goals on time.

In review, I finished a set of films and began another, I gained another responsibility, and all of the staff helped move collection boxes in to the ARC. Until the next report, enjoy the upcoming week 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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