This week has begun with continued focus on the Romanian American’s of Lake County oral history collection. This collection was been severely mismanaged from the start. This could be in part because the interviews were conducted in the 1970s and then given to our archive in 2003. This amount of time can make collections more challenging to keep track of. We have had some issues with how the interviews were numbered, how they were filed, the spelling of names… and the list goes on. Today, I reorganized the hard copies of all of the transcripts and I double checked that all of the call numbers were correct on the folders.
Being a projectionist, especially when it comes to archival work, makes this kind of project very stressful. That is what I liked about the Ostrom project that I have completed this semester… I had so much control over it and I knew that it was being done in a proper way. It also breaks my heart that this collection has fallen through so many cracks. Because all of the individuals that were interviewed have such unique and interesting stories and they are having to be keep out of the public eye because the metadata is a disaster. I just hope that some day soon, These collections will be ready to see the light once again.