Scope and arrangement
The collection contains manuscripts representing shorthand systems developed between the 17th and 20th centuries.
The manuscripts are written in shorthand with some longhand script on a variety of subjects including shorthand systems. The Bible, New Testament, Book of Common Prayer written by Abraham Nicholas in 1660 is an example of a work written in an English shorthand system which he may have invented. An example of Irish shorthand is also included. Consult the shorthand drawer for a complete description.
Noted shorthand writers include; Levi H. Clark, Andrew Kippis, James Henry Lewis, Frederick Pitman, Jeremiah Rich, John Shelton, Edmund Willis and John Willis.