Jun 22

Week 3 – June 18-22

Monday, 6/18:

And the week starts off with how we left off: more boots! Our supervisor Sam is the one who originally makes the lists of objects to be pulled and shipped together. At Hazy, it is the plan to store all similar materials together, hence I keep talking about this phase as the fur and leather move. So the boots (or other objects) we pull may be from different cabinets or bally boxes. That’s why we have the large rolling racks, so everything that is pulled can be processed and stored together until they move.

This is what we end up with at the end of today. These are all pairs of boots complete with internal supports with proper archival boxes and labels. Muslin cloth goes on top and then bubble wrap is taped on top of it all to ensure its safety for travel. These boots will stay on this rolling rack until we have enough to pack a PSC. Their location is updated in TMS to include what rolling rack they are on and which shelf. So for example, the bottom most shelf’s location is Rack 16, shelf A.

Tuesday, 6/19:

The ongoing procession of boots continues.

This was an interesting case today. When we first select a pair of boots to work on, we first look up its record in TMS and check its condition report for any things to watch out for. We then briefly examine each for any conditions that aren’t in TMS and update it if necessary. These boots had a warning in their condition report about loose soles and debris in the toe. When the person working on them pulled it out, the team all met to examine and discuss what to do in this situation. The general consensus was that a mouse may have made a home in the boots and that’s what the debris in the toe was. Later we asked a conservator’s opinion and she thinks it might have been put there by the wearer for extra cushioning or for a better fit. Either way it stays but the soles will be boxed and bagged separately from their boots. Well, they still all ended up in the same box but each sole was contained separately from its boot.

In the afternoon Amelia took Megan and myself on a little tour around some collection areas we hadn’t seen before. I’m a Star Trek fan and overall pop culture enthusiast so had been bugging Amelia to show us the Star Trek props they had in storage as soon as I heard about them.


NASM has 5 prop tribbles used in “The Trouble With Tribbles” of Star Trek: The Original Series. I also got to seeĀ a mold of Spock’s ear and a lot of space food. They have drawers and drawers of space food of all different kinds and shapes!

Spaghetti and meat sauce?

Maybe one of NASM's 5 tribbles?

Wednesday, 6/20:

Today was split between working on more boots and packing PSCs. Previously I had only seen them at Hazy and unpacked some but today we got to see the process on the other side.

The bigger boxes typically fit 2 pairs of boots and the cardboard box is cavity packed so there is no possibility of the boots moving in transit. This is done with a variety of foam and bubble wrap as well as a piece of blue board on top to protect the contents when we use an exacto knife to open the boxes at Hazy. Each box is then taped up and a slip of paper is included on top that indicates which objects are inside. Within the PSC, the boxes are also cavity packed, any spaces are filled with foam or other items to ensure they can’t move. Then the lid is screwed on and a packing list is attached to the side. Each PSC has a number so the objects’ locations can be updated in TMS.

Building 24 is getting taken over by PSCs! Steph makes sure each object is accounted for before closing the lid while Ashley stacks them up using the fork lift in the background.

Thursday, 6/23:

Today is fork lift certification day. Right when I got to work I went to the break room where fork lift training had just started. Megan and I joined about 5 exhibits staff to be trained and certified today. First we had to watch 2 videos that went over safety rules complete with showing us the bloody consequences of not following each rule.

A few (but by no means all) of the rules include: honk/stop at entering/exiting intersections and entering buildings; don’t dismount until complete stop; don’t reach through mast; don’t block view – keep load low while moving; if load is high enough to block view, go in reverse; never have anything hanging out. There was then a written test portion after the videos which we all passed.

After the written test was the driving test. Jeannie is the staffer in charge of testing us and had set up an obstacle course. We had to drive outside, pick up a load, enter one of the buildings (don’t forget to honk!), maneuver between planes, and finally put down our load at the back of the building. Did I mention we had to do all this in reverse?

Let the games begin!

First thing I of course inspected the fork lift before starting. The load we had to pick up is in the background.


I am now fork lift certified for the next 3 years (with supervision).

And then back to boots….

This pair had 2 metal springs with it. I customized a plastic bag to fit both of them separated and wrote that they were part of the boots on the bag before putting it in the box.

Friday, 6/22:

Day off! Happy long weekend!





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