September 1, 2017 – “Unfinished Business”

Hello, everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed your week and are looking forward to Labor Day weekend like I am. Just a reminder that because of Labor Day there will be no blog post on Monday, instead there will be a post on Thursday to make up for it. Today, however, was a day of getting around to unfinished business.

To start off, I was informed by Ms. Rubin that the 4″x6″ sleeves were now available. I decided that was top priority before anything else. The process did not take long at all, but I was informed later that at some point that I would try to sort the photographs by year. At another time, but not today. In the middle of processing the photographs, I was shown the next project after the O’Shaughnessy Collection: A medal collection from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

One glance at them (as well as reading the descriptions), I could tell that they were not from the Civil War era. I pondered if the organization awarded people these medals in a similar fashion of how I was awarded the R.O.T.C. Bronze Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution. Without knowing the criteria nor how the process works, I am left with something to think about until I actually get to work on researching the medals. But, that is for another time.

I resumed watching VHS cassettes from the O’Shaughnessy Collection. The first VHS was another copy of the silent footage of the 1979 UCF vs St. Leo game. I made note of it and moved on. The next was a longer video of three games (turns out it was four) of UCF vs Morehouse College from November of 1979, UCF vs Miles College from October 4, 1980, and UCF vs Emory & Henry College also in November of 1979.

All three were at the then-named Tangerine Bowl, no commentary, and all were in black and white footage except for UCF vs. Miles College. There was also the same footage of UCF vs. Morehouse 1979 game at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia that I had previously seen at the end of this tape. The most peculiar thing, however, was the instrumental music the editor had used for the footage. It was all 1980s/early 1990s stock music and to me, it did not seem like it was the right music for a football montage.

The last VHS I viewed had footage I had seen on three DVDs prior on the 1980 Football Season. So, this was the original footage. It also had footage I had seen previously from another VHS that had more 1979 highlights and the fourth annual varsity vs. alumni game from April 21, 1990. All of this was on VHS. That was my actual work on the collections, but I had a reading assignment as well.

My reading assignment involved two articles, “A Frigid Colorado Archive On Climate Change Faces An Uncertain Future” by Sam Brasch from Colorado Public Radio News (http://www.cpr.org/news/story/a-frigid-colorado-archive-on-climate-change-faces-an-uncertain-future) and “Internet Archive’s Trump Archive launches today” by Nancy Watzman from Internet Archive (https://blog.archive.org/2017/01/05/internet-archives-trump-archive-launches-today/). Both articles articulate how archives could be endangered by the subject matter they collect as the could be fragile, both physically and technologically, and great care has to be put into an archive for it to function. This reinforces the importance of archives and how well they need to be taken care of.

This concludes today’s activities, but there will be a “week in review” post that will be available later today. Keep an eye out for it. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the weekend and stay safe. Bye!

 

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August 29, 2017 – “Are You Ready For Some Football?!”

Hello, again!

I really do not have time at the time of writing this for any other matters, so I am just going to jump right into what I did today. With all other parts in my cart already processed or waiting for necessary materials to be processed, the only objects I had not touched were the video and audio collection that was spread to about thirty variations of DVDs, VHS cassettes, and audio cassette tapes. I managed to get through six today, but I will get into detail about I processed and how it will be done.

Ms. Rubin was kind enough to construct a worksheet where I could record the sufficient information that will be later by typed by me into a database. Things considered were who the videographer was, the title on the label or in the footage itself, the original date of the footage taken, etc. That was the guidelines I worked under. As for the footage itself, it spanned from 1979 to 1998 and there was no way I was going to complete it in a day. But, I did start in 1979.

The first footage was on a VHS cassette that featured UCF’s first football game against St. Leo University in 1979. The footage offered no commentary or any audio, for that matter. Its colors were so faint that it could easily be mistaken for black and white and the entire footage was about twenty-five minutes long. There were many questions that Ms. Rubin agreed that Mr. O’Shaughnessy may need to answer to help us with these matters. The next one was interesting.

I next watched a VHS that had a highlight reel in color from 1979 that was put together by Orlando SportStringer and Steve Zurck Productions (at least that was what the label said). But, afterwards was home video footage filmed Michael O’Shaughnessy himself from April 21, 1990 from the fourth annual varsity versus alumni game at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mr. O’Shaughnessy was in the game, but I do not know who filmed for him. More questions for later. Last VHS before I had to move to the office area because a class was visiting again was of  a 1979 game between UCF and Morehouse College.

This VHS was interesting. It was in black and white, no commentary and played public music over the footage. It was brutal with the final score being twenty-eight to fourteen. It was hard to tell but I do not think UCF won that one. Alas, I had to leave shortly after.

Since I could watch more VHS tapes, I turned to DVDs by watching them on the computers. Unfortunately, all three of them ended up being copies of the same footage. Even though it was labelled as the 1980 UCF Football Season, it also featured highlights from the first game against St. Leo University. This time it was in color and had audio. It also featured two interviews with Coach Don Jonas. But, it included an alumni game from the late 1980s, too. Would have to check back to find out which year, though.

That was pretty much it. I did have time ask Ms. Rubin about becoming an archivist and she gave me great advice as well as people should contact. The path of an archivist is a tougher one than I realized, but I am willing to walk it. As our conversation concluded, it was time for me to leave.

That was what my day was, but there will be more to come on Friday. Until then, take care and I will check in again soon. Bye!

August 28, 2017 – “Ticket, Please.”

Hello and welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready to tackle what is in store for this week. Before I tell what my activities included today, there is some news that I have to relay concerning next week. Next Monday is Labor Day, therefor the school will be closed and no classes scheduled. This means there will be no blog post next Monday either, but do not worry: there will be a blog post that will make up for it. I am currently thinking next Thursday is when to expect it. That is it regarding any updates, but I will be sure to report any changes in the near future. Ms. Rubin was the one who informed of this when I clocked in, but here is the rest of my time today.

I started today’s work by finishing the processing of newspaper clippings and Ms. Rubin informed me of the duplexity function of the printer and I gave it a try. I was not too impressed by the results, so I scrapped using it. After an hour or so, I finished the clippings. I asked about processing the posters, but Ms. Rubin said that she wanted me and another intern to be taught at the same time by Chris, who is in charge of such things. It would have to wait another time. There is a bit of good news: Ms. Rubin put in an order for 4″x6″ sleeves, so hopefully I will be able to truly finish processing the photographs.

At this point, I was deciding what I should do with my time. I eventually settled on resorting through the ephemera (ticket stubs, parking passes, etc.) of O’Shaughnessy’s collection. There was the folder which I had sorted last week, a folder that had pocket game schedules, and a folder that more tickets and such that I did not sort at all. The latter was what I tackled first and I sorted through it chronologically. Eventually, I was ready to move on to phase two.

Phase Two included regulating through all the ephemera and putting them into little 8″x12″ envelopes chronologically. I was about go through O’Shaughnessy’s 1990 materials when I was running out of envelopes. Luckily, Ms. Rubin was there and came back with more and suggested that try combining years that had little materials. I did that for all but the late 1980s, where the bulk of O’Shaughnessy’s activities were. It did save folders and space, so it was a good idea. I soon done with that activity, but Ms. Rubin had one more activity before the end of the day.

Ms. Rubin had me sign in to one of the office computers. I was told I had got approval to do so on Friday. After logging in, I went down the labyrinth of folders that lead to the staff folder and I was told to create a folder and that concluded all of Ms. Rubin’s tasks that she has all interns do. The folder will be there when I need it in the future. I am sure I will be needing it soon.

That is it for today. Please remember to check back tomorrow and I will have the next post up around this time. Until then, please have a wonderful day and stay safe. Bye!

 

The Review of Week One: August 21 – 25, 2017

Hello, everyone!

This post is a reflection of my experiences of the first week while working as an intern at the University of Central Florida’s Library of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) under the supervision of Mary Rubin, the Senior Archivist. The post will not be as in depth as my daily posts are, so if the need for in-depth content on my activities is what is sought, it is encouraged that those daily posts be read. Consider this a summary of my activities throughout the week and that gives a glimpse of at an intern in my position does and will be in chronological order to avoid confusion. With the descriptions and disclaimers presented, this post can actually start.

On Monday, I began working on the Michael O’Shaughnessy Collection after being given a tour of the facilities. Michael O’Shaughnessy was a defensive lineman on the UCF Knights football team from 1979 through 1980. He later was inducted in the UCF Hall of Fame in 2010. He had donated collections from 2006 and 2013, some of which had already been processed before I started, but much work still needed to be done. It had been decided I would work on it during my interview the previous week.

Ms. Rubin helped me collect boxes from the archives that I would be working on from the time being. After donning the appropriate glove wear, I sifted through the folders and handling documents by check if they were stapled (none were), clipping them together with plastic clips if necessary, and removing folders no longer needed. Most of my time was sorting through ephermera like ticket stubs, which was decided that eventually it was best to sort them by year eventually. Time flew by and soon my first day ended.

On Tuesday, I learned how to process photographs on which appropriates sleeves to place them in. Paper copies do not get sleeved and if there are more than one same size photographs then they shared a sleeve. I made sure duplicates shared a sleeve before attaching unrelated photographs together. It reminded me of collecting trading cards and storing them in pocket sleeves. I also learned how to process photographic film. They do not share sleeves and the glossy side of the film stays face-up in the sleeve. Unfortunately, there was a lack of four inch by six inch sleeves, so I could not process them. They will have to be processed at a future date.

On Wednesday, Ms. Rubin had a public outreach program to attend to, so I only spoke with her briefly regarding a abrupt change in schedule. After that was settled, I continued processing photographs. There were no films to process and no photographs needing four inch by six inch sleeves, though. But, I may have depleted a lot of the eight and a quarter inch by 10 and five-sixteenth inch sleeves in the course of that day. Mr. O’Shaughnessy collected a large amount of photographs that size, for sure. That took most of my time that day.

On Thursday, I completed processing the photographs that I could, though I had to cannibalize sleeves for posters for two larger than average photographs (with Ms. Rubin’s consent, of course). I also took the Library of Congress Classification Test, but I did not receive the results until the next day. While I was working, a class visit was impromptu scheduled for that day, so I did my part to direct the students where they needed to be. I was later thanked for this by the staff. After my normally scheduled time, I stayed longer for a belated belated birthday party. Only a fool turns down free food.

Today, Friday, I read two articles regarding the importance of physical archives before I began my work. I learned I did very well on my Library of Congress Classification Test and that was nice to hear. I mostly worked on a new box that had newspapers, some already processed photographs, and newspaper clippings. The newspaper clipping were the task at hand and I learned that for clippings, it was best to scan and copy them then place the copy in the collection instead. After this explanation, I was taught how to use the printer. I did my best to make sure clippings of the same article were on the same page, but sometimes the articles were too big and I had to use a plastic clip for multiple pages. I made sure that the clippings in worse condition were given first priority and were copied. I did not finish, so I will do my best to do so next week.

Before the end of the day, I was given a schedule change for next week. I will be working for five hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays for the foreseeable future. If any major schedule changes occur, I will post it on the daily post when it happens as well as the weekly post.

That was the review of week one of my fall internship experience and there will be more to follow in the future. I will be sure to post any updates that come along, but this is it for now. Monday will be the next daily post and I will post that as soon as I can. Until next week, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

August 25, 2017 – “Stop The Presses!”

Welcome back to another installment of The Archive of An Intern, I hope yesterday evening was pleasant for you and I thank you for joining me again. A new box and challenges awaited me today as well as a schedule shake up that will affect the entries in this blog, if not my fall semester. It could not have started off with the pleasant reminder of the importance of a physical archive.

As I checked in today, Ms. Rubin handed me two printed articles. One was from The Guardian titled “Digital Domesday Book lasts 15 years not 1000” by Robin McKie and Vanessa Thorpe. The article describes how the multi-media project involving the digital version of the Domesday Book was facing a crisis that many digital archives face. As the passage of time goes by and technological advances causes older modes to become obsolete, the trouble of making sure digital artifacts are accessible seems to be an ongoing predicament and that transferring said data would take just as long as the initial digitization. The article also mentions how the United States and its government agencies were in a constant struggle with this and casualties have occurred. I would have liked to cite this in Chicago Style, but the programming by WordPress does not allow me to put footnotes. The best I can do give the link to the article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/mar/03/research.elearning

There was a second article I was given by the UChicago News titled “Papers of laureate Saul Bellow open for research at UChicago Library” by Andrew Bauld. It details how Saul Bellow’s writings were now available for researchers after the University of Chicago Library’s Special Collections Research Center archivists had finished processing all the materials. Here is the article: https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/03/21/papers-nobel-laureate-saul-bellow-open-research-uchicago-library

It was nice little reminder of the importance of what an archivist does and they do not usually get to choose what needs to be processed. So, I may not get to do a collection I want, but the work needs to be done or it sits in a backlog waiting to be processed. Lesson taken. Somehow, this tied in to my work today.

I had finished processing the photographs yesterday, but I took a peek on what I was going to work on today. While there were photographs, they were already sleeved. The were some posters there, too, and I am positive I am going to learn how to process them at some point, but the main focus of today was newspapers. More specifically, newspaper clippings. There were newspapers in a bag that no doubt I will take on soon, but Ms. Rubin told me the policy in regards to clippings was different.

For clippings, it was best to scan and copy them to be stored in the collection instead. The first order of business was to sort out the clippings. I did my best to keep articles that spanned multiple pages together as I sorted them and made note of frayed clippings. After sorting them, I was taught how to use the printer. I had to use a card similar to UCF’s ID cards that had a fixed amount of money on it. The charge for using the printer was ten cents per copy. I must have spent a dollar and twenty cents because I kept not getting the alignment right. I felt bad about that, but Ms. Rubin assured me it was not a problem. I will take her word for now.

I tried keeping multiple strips of the same article together on the same copy, but sometimes one of the article pieces were too big for paper and I was forced to make two pages. I also tried to make sure to have  a copy of some the clippings that were in the worst condition. While I was working on that, Ms. Rubin informed that I did very well on my Library of Congress Classification Test. I was very pleased to hear this. At the end of the day, I still had clipping to make copies of, but I had some questions that no doubt Ms. Rubin would help me with next week.

Before the end of the Ms. Rubin discussed with me on what my schedule would look like next week, if not the foreseeable future. We agreed that I will be working from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays so that I will be able to log in fifteen hours.  So, that does affect how this blog will operate as well.  From now on, expect post those days in addition to the “week in review” post. That wraps up on today’s events, but if you have missed any previous posts, please feel to look back on them or I have an abridged “week in review” post that will made shortly after this one. Until next time, stay safe and have a great day!

August 24, 2017 – “Innovative Convenience!”

Welcome back, everyone!

No new developments to announce to impede on my internship. I did meet with my classmates this morning, so I began my shift later than usual, but I did manage to get three hours logged in and then some. What occurred during in that time period can be considered rolling with the punches as the staff had to get ready for a near impromptu class visit during my time that day. I also was tasked to take the Library of Congress Classification Test and I was able to take it this time. I also was able to make progress with the O’Shaughnessey Collection.

The good news with the O’Saughnessey Collection is that I was able to finish processing the Photograph Box. I started by doubling a sleeve before asking Ms. Rubin about what to do with a photograph that was larger that any of the sleeves available. She took me in the archive room and there were some very large sleeves meant for canvas paintings and explained that sometimes they do get larger than average pictures and to make up for not have the necessary sleeves available that they would use one of those sleeves. I normally would have taught to use the cutter for the task, but I found out it was going to be used for the class that was going to be visiting later that afternoon. So, I was advised to use a pair of scissors to cannibalize the sheet. Talk about innovative convenience.

As I processed the remaining folders of the box, I was also helping direct students as they were arriving for the aforementioned class visit. I was later thanked for helping in this endeavor by the staff. I was finishing the last two folders when I had to cannibalize yet another sheet sleeve because the scrap left from the first one would not have been sufficient in covering the photograph I was processing. I ran into another problem the same photograph, now in a custom sleeve, was too long for the box. I asked Ms. Rubin on what I should do and she directed me to a shelf with empty legal case boxes that I could use.

After handing me sticker labels, I transferred the folders into their new home and the data from the previous box onto the new label. After erasing the penciled data from the old box, I returned it to the archive room. Ms. Rubin was on break, but when she returned, I asked to take the Library of Congress Classification Test.

The test was for me to able to understand and use the Library of Congress’ book classification. No books were used in the test, only index cards with letters and numbers as one would find on the spines of books that were in a library. I was to sort them and put them back in order. Once I figured out the system, it was like playing of solitaire. I had only one question and Ms. Rubin answered it perfectly that I understood. The test was not difficult, just tedious. That finished my normal three hours, but Ms. Rubin apologized that she wanted me to sit in on the class, but she forgot to bring me in. Maybe next time.

I was invited to a belated birthday party for one of the staffers and I could not refuse. I stayed a little longer than usual for that, but I could not work on the rest of the collection for lack of room, so I took a break and came back. I could not get to my belongings anyways, so I had to come back.

The party was nice and the food was delicious. With birthday wishes exalted and stomachs full, I helped clean the “conference room” (really should be considered the table in the foyer of the office) before I left. I do not know if tomorrow will be a short day or not, but I know I will be working on a new box.

That is it for today! If I get the results of my test back tomorrow, I will be sure to post about it along with my experiences with new box. That will be Friday’s post, but I will make another post that will be my review of the entire week that will be posted as my assignment. Look forward to both. Until then, have a nice day!

August 23, 2017 – “The 8 1/4 X 10 5/16 Life”

Hello, everyone!

Today was supposed to be, well maybe I should not refer to it as such, but a nonchalant day. However, a graduate student’s life is not that simple. More on that later, but I did make progress with the photograph box in the O’Shaughnessy Collection and that took most of my time.

My first semester as a graduate student has only been three days and a schedule conflict has arisen. Tomorrow I have to meet my classmates from my Historiography course at 10:00 AM to discuss our presentation, but that is usually when I am in the middle of my internship. I also knew that Ms. Rubin was scheduled to be at a public outreach today and I had a small chance to meet with her before she left. I sent her a text message informing her of the abrupt schedule change, but I was fortunate enough to speak to her when I checked in. She said I could come in whenever I had the chance and that was enough for me. I still intend to complete my three hours, if possible. Now, with that diversion out of the way, on to my work!

I began my work by I pulling out my cart from the archives and settling down at a table. I continued where I left off in the photograph box and pulled out a much smaller folder than the one I spent the bulk of my time yesterday. I processed that one with little effort. Thankfully, there were no films this time to process and photographs requiring 4″x6″ sleeves. The one sleeve size I did use the majority of the time for the rest of the folders were the 8 1/4″x10 5/16″ sleeves.

Mr. O’Shaughnessy collected plenty of photographs over the years that were in that size and I made to process them as efficiently as possible. Sure, there were a handful of smaller sized photographs (and a few bigger ones, too), but I must have depleted the stock of 8 1/4″x10 5/16″ sleeves by a considerable amount. I was not being wasteful, either. I made sure to double the sleeves, especially if there duplicates, and did not use them on paper printed copies. I did run into a few issues, though.

I came across a photograph of the 1980 UCF Baseball Team that had a piece of a labeling sticker on the bottom. Though I doubled it with another I photograph, I placed in the front of the others and wrote a note about it and placed it on the appropriate folder. The other issue was I found a duplicate photograph in a different folder than where I found the other one. I am not sure if this was okay to do this, but I took the the duplicate and doubled it with the other and put them in the first folder that I found the picture. Of course, I made sure the photograph that was originally was doubled with the picture in question got its own sleeve, but I hope I did the right thing. I’m sure when everything gets resorted that it will turn out well, but I did not have anyone to ask. Other than that, everything else went well.

By the time it was time for me to leave, I had three or four folders left for me to process and I was finishing one, but I may need to sleeve a couple of picture before that folder is done. So, tomorrow, I should be able to finish that box (well, most of it until 4″x6″ sleeves are available) and I have a test, I do believe. I will post about that tomorrow. So until then, have a great and wonderful day! Bye!

August 22, 2017 – “Look At This Photograph!”

Before I regale about today’s escapades, I would like to clarify that my assignment for this blog is supposed to be a weekly blog post of approximately 500 words, due every Friday. How this is going to work is that while I am still going to do a daily post, on Friday I will make a “week in review” post. That will be what I will turn in for my assignment. Again, on Fridays, I will post a review of my activities that week and that will be what I turn in for my assignment. Look forward to it. So, without further delay and mass confusion, what were my activities today?

Yesterday, Ms. Rubin wanted me to start processing photographs from the  O’Shaughnessy Collection. The first box which had been previously considered as processed had three photographs, but they were not in sleeves. So, I went to the cabinet where Ms. Rubin had shown me yesterday that where the archival sleeves were kept. If anyone ever collected trading cards, then these sleeves were not that different from those used to store cards in. Once I found the appropriate size, I took three of them and slid the photographs into their new homes. Knowing what I know now, I perhaps should have doubled one of them (put two photographs in one sleeve, back to back). I’ll take care of it tomorrow.

After that quick detour, I moved on to the bulk of the photographs were. This is where I spent most of my time. Mr. O’Shaughnessy had an array of photographs dating from 1979 to at least 1998, depicting himself as a UCF Knight football player to personal photographs with him and some of his friends. He had a group of photographs featuring a 1996 game with future NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper (http://www.nfl.com/player/daunteculpepper/2500249/profile) as a UCF Knight which, as a Minnesota Vikings fan, I found very exciting. I’m sure my father would be thrilled to hear about that as well. The only photograph I thought did not match was a photograph of a rocking chair. No date attached to it or a even a description, so it still baffles me. I’m sure there is a story about it, but I do not know it at the present.

After looking through the photographs, I did my best sorting through them and finding the right sized sleeve and slipping photographs into them. I learned a few lesson about processing photographs from Ms. Rubin while tackling this task. Paper printed copies do not get sleeves, double photographs together to save the number of sleeves used, use a special pencil to write down additional information on the back of the photograph that came with it (say some information was on a sticky note, you wrote what was on the sticky note on the back of the photograph), and finally how to process photographic film. The trick is that you want the glossy side of the film to be face-up as it is placed in the appropriate sleeve. The black film that Mr. O’Shaughnessy had was easier to determine than the brown film. Both sides of the brown film were seemingly glossy and was harder to to tell, but one side was slightly glossier than the other.

As I was processing the films, I made one error. I accidentally pushed one of the films too far into the sleeve. The idea is that you want to freely retrieve the film out of the sleeve. Unintentionally, I may have caused someone a great deal of headache down the line. If that person stumbles across this, I will be the first to apologize to you. Another problem was that SCUA currently lacks 4″ x 6″ sleeves and there were quite a few photographs that needed it. Also, there was a photograph that had tape on it. Ms. Rubin was going to have someone else take care of that one. I placed a sticky note on the folder that contained the material I was working on that listed what needed to be done with it for later.

By the time I finished, it was time for me to leave. Unfortunately, I was informed that I was supposed to take a test to see if I could use the Library of Congress’ record system, but I ran out of time. Ms. Rubin moved it to Thursday, so I will be posting about that at a later date. After cleaning my table, putting my cart away, and signing out, I ate some community pound cake and took the elevator downstairs.

That’s all for today! I will post again tomorrow. Bye!

August 21, 2017 – “And So, The Journey Begins”

This is the post excerpt.

Hello, everyone!

I am Steven Trelstad, a graduate student at the University Central of Florida who is starting his journey toward a Master’s Degree specialized in Public History. This fall is my first semester is the first step in that journey and among the classes I am taking is an internship at  the University of Central Florida’s Library Special Collections and University Archives. Though this blog is part of the assignments for the class, I hope to make it enjoyable and educational as best as I can. Disclaimer: the opinions of this blog are strictly my own and may or may not share those at the University of Central Florida.

The first week of classes begins and I met with Senior Archivist Mary Rubin who will be supervising me during my internship at the moment. It was decided during my interview for my internship that I one of my projects would be handling a collection belonging to UCF Hall of Famer Michael O’Shaughnessy (http://www.ucfknights.com/sports/2016/6/13/genrel-oshaughnessy-michael00-html.aspx). But, before I began my tasks, I was given more of a tour that was not covered in the one following my interview.

I was shown where the gloves were (note: the need to find the right size is critical) as well as the other supplies like folders, sleeves, and the like were as well as other procedures. We took the elevator to the first floor, a place a became very familiar with as an undergraduate. Ms. Rubin took me to a room I never knew was there, but it made sense for it to exist. Here we gathered O’Shaughnessy Collection boxes, put them on an empty cart and went back to the 5th floor.

Before working on the boxes and the contents inside, Ms. Rubin had me log on to a computer and show me the website and its directories (http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/). She explained at some point, I’ll be helping code the website. That’ll be interesting.

I then was left to sort the boxes. I mostly spent my time working through box 3. Checking if staples were on the documents, removing folders and inserting sleeves, clipping documents together, and sorting the contents (wearing gloves of course). I concluded Mr. O’Shaughnessy was busy man after sorting through his ticket stubs. I also took a look at his game plans against other teams like Albany. I thought “What would anyone from those teams back in the day give to see these?” The buttons Mr. O’Shaughnessy collected gave Ms. Rubin a laugh. I love this.

Ms. Rubin took a break fifteen minutes before I left, so I did not see her. I am very grateful for her allowing me this opportunity and hopefully it remains a positive one. That’s all for now. I’ll post about tomorrow, so keep your eye open!

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