Weekly Review: July 22-26, 2019

Hello, everyone!

This week was a milestone in my work with Home Movie Collection. I finally finished reviewing all the footage within the collection! After reporting my progress to Mr. Ogreten, he assigned me to prepare written descriptions and summaries based my notes to be used. Thus,  I entered a new phase of processing the collection.

The final batch of donated films I reviewed included footage from the late 1970s and early 1980s. While the footage mostly featured a family celebrating Christmas and birthday parties, the subjects prominently depicted happened to the be the family’s children. Whether riding bicycles, playing indoors, running around outside in their backyard, or swimming in the ocean, the two boys of the family always seemed hyperactive. Additionally, I noticed they received an Atari 2600 for Christmas.

Accompanied by CX30 rotary paddle controllers, this particular Atari 2600 seemed different from the ones normally (and fondly) exemplified. The video game console was notably clad in all-black. I never knew it came in that color. After some further research, I discovered that Atari released this version of the console in 1982, which does date the footage around that time.

I am very familiar with the console as my father owned one and several games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac-Man, Combat, and Berzerk. In 1996, my father let my brother and I play his Atari 2600 with the aforementioned games. So, the Atari 2600 became the first video game console I played with. As such, I remember it fondly.

Other footage included in this batch featured a race in Daytona, Florida from 1973. As far as what can be seen, this did not appear to be a NASCAR race. This did lead to questions regarding what kind of race I was watching, though. Perhaps someone more savvy in racing history might solve this riddle and make the guide accurate.

Once I finished, I reported to Mr. Ogreten and he assigned me to start making descriptions or summaries for the Home Movie Collection to be used in the impending finding aid. Starting from the first set, I gave a brief description of the events depicted, the date range (if known), and the length of the film file. I remain unsure how long this portion will take to complete.

I managed to miss the celebration for one of my colleagues, Eli. Apparently, Eli’s birthday was this week and my supervisors decided to hold the celebration on my day off. At least I signed the card. Luckily, I managed to have some leftovers.

Friday seemed to be a very strange day. Perhaps due to the ongoing construction at the library, the fire alarm was triggered twice (the first of which occurred before I arrived on campus, apparently). Before my shift ended, I highly expected a third. At the end of the day, it did not happen.

In review, I managed to finish watch all of the films in the collect and finally moved on to creating a portion to use in the finding aid. I also informed the staff that I am going on vacation from August 8-18, 2019, and, as such, the blog will also go on hiatus as result. Until then, I have one last week of the summer semester to complete. Enjoy the 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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