Weekly Review: May 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019

Hello, everyone!

In the final full week of May, I am pleased to announce that I reached the threshhold of the last five sets of donated films in the Home Movie Collection. Within the sets I reviewed to get to that point, I watched families enjoy Christmas celebrations, birthday parties of their small children, and travel to destinations that no longer exist. Also, Mr. Ogreten assigned a task requiring the assistance of two people. All of this on top of my normal responsibilities.

The shelving remained bare for me during the whole week, so I did not need to reshelf books. As for cleaning the study hall, I did not come across any messes that required me to notify Mr. Benjamin (thankfully) and I easily cleaned the usual suspect: pencil marking, coffee stains, pen marking, etc. I did assist Ms. Rubin and the staff by pushing carts of collection boxes to the ARC, their new storage space. Helping my colleagues became a running theme.

Mr. Ogreten assigned one of my colleagues, Courtney Toelle, to process the Sanford Municipal Court dockets (the large books the department received a few months ago). We learned how to read the records to verify their content (a very confusing order: some of them read from left to right, some to needed a little extra attention to find the end date), Courtney taught me the fine art of gift wrapping as we wrapped the dockets in a protective covering, and I attempted tie the knots keeping everything together (by far, Courtney did a much better job) We managed finish wrapping a third of the books before the end of the day.

As for Home Movie Collection, I finished of the footage donated by someone who lived on Midway Atoll (due to their father’s military background) and their trip to San Diego. The family also filmed a trip that the family took through the western states of Wyoming and Nebraska (visiting Tree in the Rock, Wyoming, passing Remount Ranch, and traveling through Cheyenne, Nebraska). The family visited the Grand Canyon, sailed through San Francisco Bay on a navy ship, walked the trough the Japanese Gardens at Van Nuys, traveled through the Rocky Mountains, and walked the streets of Reno, Nevada. The next family did not feature any breathtaking visuals or vacations.

The film set featured many Christmas and birthday parties, children dressed in their Halloween costumes, the antics of the toddlers of the family, waterskiing at an unidentified lake. Curiously, this footage did not come with any notes on the repair logs. As result, I watched the footage intently for anything to give me a reference to use. None came.

On a cheerful note, the next sext of films contained footage of family member visiting New York. They visited landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Shea Stadium. The most telling event that captured the attention of the family revolved around the 1964 World’s Fair. They family spent some time filming the Unite States Government pavilion, visited the New Mexico pavilion (I corroborated the scenes in the film with a map of the World’s Fair), filmed a panoramic shot of the Fair from the New York State Pavilion. Not bad footage, however the World’s Fair footage fascinated me as, while the entire collection does contain a few families that visited the Fair, this footage differentiated itself by featuring the Illinois State Pavilion, the New Mexico Pavilion, and the Vatican Pavilion. Other tourist destinations included: Pocono Mountain Inn in the Sky, Cresco, Pennsylvania and Luray Caverns, Virginia.

In short, I finished three sets of films, helped wrap court dockets, and finished my normal responsibilities. Next week, I continue on to the next films. However, Monday is Memorial Day, I need to make-up those hours on Thursday. Until next week, enjoy the extended weekend 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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