Scope and arrangement
The collection, 1869-1937, mainly illustrates the continual changes of shorthand interpretations by shorthand reporters through letters, drafts and court notes.
The collection consists of opinions of the Standardization (NSRA) Movement regarding Pitman Shorthand (30 volumes). This section also includes correspondence, 1909-1912, concerned with the Standardization Movement. Other material within the collection is the correspondence, 1916-1935, of the court reporter A. R. Bailey. Drafts are THE REPORTERS PHRASE BOOK OF STANDARDIZED PITMANIC SHORTHAND (longhand drafts 1932-1933), based on the opinions and documents of the Standardization Committee. The collection also contains Robert S. Taylor's stenographic notes (1929), the court notes (1869-1870) of William Wesley Osgood by (recorded in Rochester, New York) and Spencer C. Rodgers stenographic minutes for the trial of the People vs. C. Samuel Barnes (1869). Barnes was tried for murder in Monticello, New York on May 27-28. The minutes are written in longhand.
The bulk of the collection is opinions of the Standardization Committee (NSRA), 1927-1937, regarding Pitmanic shorthand (23 volumes). Other correspondence, 1909-1912, in this section, concerns the Standardization Movement. Consult the two page index for a brief description.
Other letters are correspondence to and from the court reporter A. R. Bailey, 1916-1935. The drafts are The Reporters Phrase Book of Standardized Pitmanic Shorthand (longhand drafts 1932-1933), based on the opinion and documents of the Standardization Committee.
Stenographic notes and court notes of reporters are Robert S. Taylors' stenographic notes 1929; court notes, 1869-1870, by William Wesley Osgoodby, of trials. Osgoodbys' notes are in shorthand and were recorded in Rochester, New York, Another reporter represented is Spencer C. Rodgers, stenographic minutes for the trial of the "People vs. C. Samuel Barnes 1869". Barnes was tried for murder in Monticello, New York May 27-28. The minutes are written in longhand.