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Hand-written Manuscripts: Learn to Read Guide
A guide to resources on how to read hand-written archival documents and manuscripts.
FYI: Here are some sources on the history of hand-writing.
Script and Scribble by Kitty Burns Florey
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Kitty Burns Florey is a self-confessed penmanship nut' who loves the act of taking pen to paper. So upon discovering that schools today forego handwriting drills, it gave her pause: 'There is a widespread belief that, in a digital world, forming letters on paper with a pen is pointless and obsolete.' Florey tackles the importance of writing by hand and its place in an increasingly electronic society in this fascinating exploration of the history of handwriting. Weaving together the evolution of writing, she asks the question: is writing by hand really no longer necessary?'
The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher
Publication Date: 2013-11-12
The loop of an "l," the chewed-on pen, letters tiny or expansive: what we've lost in the error of typing and texting When Philip Hensher realized that he didn't know what a close friend's handwriting looked like, he felt that something essential was missing from their friendship. It dawned on him that having abandoned pen and paper for keyboards, we have lost one of the ways by which we come to recognize and know another person: handwriting. The Missing Inktells the story of this endangered art. Hensher introduces us to the nineteenth-century handwriting evangelists who traveled across America to convert the masses to the moral worth of copperplate script; he examines the role handwriting plays in the novels of Charles Dickens; he investigates the claims made by the practitioners of graphology that penmanship can reveal personality. But this is also a celebration of the physical act of writing: the treasured fountain pens, chewable ballpoints, and personal embellishments that we stand to lose. Hensher pays tribute to the warmth and personality of the handwritten love note, postcards sent home, and daily diary entries. With the teaching of handwriting now required in only five states and many expert typists barely able to hold a pen, the future of handwriting is in jeopardy. Or is it? Hugely entertaining, witty, andthought-provoking,The Missing Inkwill inspire readers to pick up a pen and write.
The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting by Anne Trubek
Publication Date: 2016-11-17
In the digital age of instant communication, handwriting is less necessary than ever before, and indeed fewer and fewer schoolchildren are being taught how to write in cursive. Signatures--far from John Hancock's elegant model--have become scrawls. In her recent and widely discussed and debated essays, Anne Trubek argues that the decline and even elimination of handwriting from daily life does not signal a decline in civilization, but rather the next stage in the evolution of communication. Now, in The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, Trubek uncovers the long and significant impact handwriting has had on culture and humanity--from the first recorded handwriting on the clay tablets of the Sumerians some four thousand years ago and the invention of the alphabet as we know it, to the rising value of handwritten manuscripts today. Each innovation over the millennia has threatened existing standards and entrenched interests- Indeed, in ancient Athens, Socrates and his followers decried the very use of handwriting, claiming memory would be destroyed; while Gutenberg's printing press ultimately overturned the livelihood of the monks who created books in the pre-printing era. And yet new methods of writing and communication have always appeared. Establishing a novel link between our deep past and emerging future, Anne Trubek offers a colorful lens through which to view our shared social experience.