Ethics of Transcribing Shorthand for Others

I’m curious what others think about transcribing, say, journals and letters written in shorthand for someone who isn’t the original owner of those items.  We sometimes see pleas for such help.  Do you think it’s ethical?  Obviously, such persons who take the trouble to write a journal or letter in shorthand most likely have a…

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Deseret Alphabet Chart

Some time ago I posted about Deseret Alphabet.  This summer I put together a chart to help make it easier to learn.  Everything is in one place this way, instead of having to check multiple documents.  Thought I’d share. This is not technically shorthand; it was used for spelling reform more than anything else, to…

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Is shorthand difficult?

Hello, in shorthand-related boards, I often see someone who is asking advices to choose a shorthand and, among other criteria, there is always a shorthand that is easy. Each time, I’m surprised because, for me, shorthand is not the kind of thing that can be considered as difficult: there are rules and you apply these…

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“Shaker” Mechanical Pencils for Shorthand?

Has anyone ever used “shaker” mechanical pencils for Gregg? These are mechanical pencils that advance the led by a shake as opposed to pushing the button. I’ve always preferred mechanical pencils because of how they remain sharp compared to traditional pencils. I didn’t like a traditional or a mechanical pencil option for shorthand because of…

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National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive has launched its National Emergency Library with wide open access for all its digitized books until June 30th, 2020.   No waiting period!  There are many Gregg shorthand books available to borrow, including Gregg Notehand. There is also a Book Sponsorship program.  If there’s a book they don’t have, you can request that they digitize…

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Taquigrafía Morma

Hello fellows: Finally, I have made a PDF file with the shorthand system called Morma, for Spanish. This system was created by Mr. Luis Morales Matus published in 1915. Mr. Morales was a shorthand reporter in Chile. He started using Francisco de Paula Marti’s shorthand, but when he realised that he couldn’t pass the exam…

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Stuck in Translation … Ugh!

So, these are minutes of two county housing authority meetings. I’ve figured out most of it, but a few stubborn blanks remain. Can anybody help? (The pic is the best I can do – the originals are very faint). For the first one, I get: “Notes:  ___ contract for the next fiscal year ____.” (I…

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Stuck in Translation

This diary was written in 1940. She wrote stuff in shorthand that she didn’t want her mom to know about (lol – didn’t we all?) She’s writing about a married man who’s been sniffing around her, taking her for rides and giving her small gifts. On this date, the man (Mr. Carver) took her to…

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