The 1902 manual

I’ve recently been looking at the Rider university collection of shorthand stuff donated by Louis Leslie. Rather interesting that the collection has the 1902 manual. I thought that, out of all the preanniversary editions, the 1916 version is the most mature, or the 1888 edition would be there because of its historical significance.

A question though: has anyone investigated the difference between the 1902 edition, (which was apparently the last version that Gregg had control of) and the 1916 version. I have looked at the first few chapters and the 1916 has a few more briefs, with some briefs taking on more meanings. Was there any change in the theory? I don’t think that there are any differences.

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  1. There are some minor differences in theory, and in outline construction between those early pre-Anniversary series, but for the most part, they are very similar. As a matter of fact, Dr. Gregg was perfectly happy with the earlier editions of Gregg (1902 and before). The additional expedients in the 1916 edition came because teachers demanded them, not because they were absolutely necessary.

    Although he delegated the writing of the Anniversary manual to Mr. Rupert Sorelle, Dr. Gregg had full control of that project, so that was the last published series in which he was personally involved. At the time of his death in 1948, he was working with Mr. Clyde Blanchard on a revised new manual, because he really was never satisfied with the presentation of the Anniversary manual — he had been working on a new manual off and on starting a few years after the publication of the Anniversary manual, but had put off this project because of the war. Shortly after Dr. Gregg's death, McGraw-Hill acquired the Gregg Publishing Company, and Dr. Gregg's wife Janet became the President for a short while. The revised new manual was then completed by Mrs. Gregg and Mr. Blanchard, and a galley proof was produced. At the same time, Mr. Louis Leslie, who at the time was one of Dr. Gregg's assistants, was preparing a separate manual of his own (this effort was unbeknownst to Mrs. Gregg, as he was working on it in his spare time). When the new Gregg manual was about to be sent to press, the powers that be at McGraw-Hill decided to publish Leslie's manual instead, and that's how the Simplified series was born. Shortly after the publication of the Simplified series, Mrs. Gregg left the company and retired, and the Gregg Division was reorganized. Mr. Blanchard stayed in the company for a little longer, but left to become Dean of the Business School at the University of Tulsa. He kept collaborating with McGraw-Hill on revisions of Gregg Speed Building for Colleges and the Expert Shorthand Speed Course books.

  2. Is the galley proof of the rejected Gregg-Blanchard text still extant, and if so where? It would be interesting if a researcher could access it and compare it to the first Simplified manual.

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