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I have finally completed the
extensive task of conducting my first solo survey (WHOOOOO!). My overall
feelings and impressions of conducting a survey left me conflicted and struggling to find balance.
During the survey, I was struggling
with the desire be very meticulous with each box and move quickly through the
collection. Nonetheless, there were many occasions where I got caught up in reading
letters Jackson wrote and received from colleagues, relatives, and friends.
There will always be a need to find the perfect balance between being detailed
As an archivist, there are core
values and ethics that every archivist needs to be aware of. During processing
an archivist must be thorough and aware of protecting the rights, personal, and
confidential information of those individuals and organizations mentioned within a collection. While going through the collection I did uncover legal material which contained the names of the individuals involved. As a result, these names may need
to be protected. I will attempt to follow up on this topic later down the line.
Another issue I discovered
with conducting the survey was when I came across box 9. According to the container
list, box 9 was supposed to contain correspondences from May 2003 to July 2004.
However, the box contained material from an entirely different collection, the
Craven Playbill Collection. I did not panic and I was hopeful I would find the letters within another box. Sadly, I have yet to
find them and the case of the missing letters remains a mystery.