Ok, so it’s one thing to get the tour of the Archives and see all the boxes on all of the shelves in all of the ranges and theoretically ponder all of the items in said boxes. However, it is another thing ENTIRELY to start pulling boxes off of the shelves and then realizing just how many items are in each box (especially those little grey CD boxes – who knew you could fit like 50 CDs in there??) and how many boxes are on each shelf…et cetera, et cetera. Luckily, other employees at the Archives had already made a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet of where each manuscript series was located and how many boxes each series was comprised of, so items were relatively easy to find.
Denise had also made a really helpful Excel document with multiple sheets where I could document what type of media I found in each box and how many of each type of media were in each box. I was only looking for certain types of media, since the Archives had previously started a project with MDPI at IUB to work on audio and video tapes. The types of media I searched for throughout the collections included:
- 8” floppy disks
- 5.25” floppy disks
- 3.5” floppy disks
- CD-Rs, CD-ROMs, CD-RWs,
- DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, DVD-ROMs, DVD+Rs, DVD+Rs
- Thumb drives
- Zip disks
I’ll continue detailing the work for this project in later posts, but now it’s time to move on to another part of the internship – instruction!