A Web Site dedicated to the perpetuation of Gregg’s Light-Line Phonography
- Anniversary Manual -

A Judge’s Charge
Dupraw’s Notes
Sklarew’s Notes
Zoubek’s Notes
Reference Material
Brief Form List
Reading Material
Reference Material
Brief Form List
Most-Used Phrases
Brief Form List
Dupraw on Note Size
   Diamond Jubilee
Brief Form List
Expert Brief Form List
   Series 90
Brief Form List
Brief Form List
   Taquigrafía Gregg

   German Gregg
   Esperanto Gregg
Brief Forms
   Irish Gregg

Gregg Group
Gregg Learning Forum
Ms. Letha’s SH Site
Omniglot's Entry
Wikipedia's Entry
Stenospeed Dictation
Andrew Owen
John Robert Gregg explaining his system.     Gregg Shorthand—named after its inventor, John Robert Gregg—is a system of pen stenography that gained popularity in the United States in the early twentieth century. However, since the invention of mechanical stenography, the form lost its appeal to the public. Only twenty years ago, shorthand classes were seen in nearly every high school in the country. Now, the overwhelming majority of high school students today has never seen nor heard of Gregg Shorthand.
     The purpose of this site is to increase awareness of Gregg Shorthand, and refresh those who learned it and have not used it in several years. However, the year in which one learned it in school affects how he or she writes. As vocabulary and needs change, so does the version of Gregg Shorthand.
     The current system—according to the owners of the former Gregg Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill—is the Centennial Version. This version is good for business dictation, having more brief forms than its predecessors, the Series 90 and Diamond Jubilee series. Most experts find, though, that for serious court reporting and stenography, the 1949 Simplified and, even better, the 1929 Anniversary Series is most efficient. The series for a person now is dependent on why he or she needs shorthand. If he or she has good interest, determination, and time, Anniversary or Simplified is recommended. If one merely wants to know shorthand to take notes faster without much time studying the system, he or she may use one of the later systems.
Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Edition      This book, Gregg Shorthand: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million (Anniversary Edition), is long out of print.  The only way to find this book is to go to just the right libraries, estate sales, and eBay auctions.  To save the trouble of hunting down this item, this book in full is now in PDF format.  One will find that most Gregg literature is written in this series.  The widely-read, but long discontinued Gregg Writer magazine generally uses this series.  For later series, use eBay. For the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified, Amazon.com sells the still-printed McGraw-Hill book.
Gregg Shorthand Dictionary Cover      This is the accompanying Gregg Shorthand Dictionary, published a year after the Anniversary Manual. This PDF is mostly text-searchable for fast reference.  It contains about 19,000 words, including some very obscure words that are usually quite difficult.  This is quite possibly one of the handiest references available to a Gregg Shorthand writer, particularly when it comes to finding the most facile way of writing a particular word.  It does not contain a few simple words that are too easy to require an entry.  Unlike traditional dictionaries, it lists derivatives and similar words along with their root words. 
5,000 Most-Used Shorthand Forms      This book, 5,000 Most-Used Shorthand Forms, is also long out of print.  This 92-page book works a bit like a small dictionary of Gregg Shorthand Anniversary Series outlines.  Though it does not contain as many words as the 260-page Gregg Shorthand Dictionary, it can be a very helpful reference to the shorthand writer.  The outlines were compiled by Dr. Ernest Horn in the order of the presentation of the words' principles in the manual.  To find a particular word, one should use the index found in the back of this reference.
Fundamental Drills in Gregg Shorthand      This book—Fundamental Drills in Gregg Shorthand, assembled by Gertrude Beers and Letha P. Scott and written by Mrs. Richmond—contains very helpful drills in developing shorthand speed.  It is written with a different, but very beautiful and regular style by Mrs. Winifred K. Richmond, who wrote the plates to the Anniversary manual and dictionary.  It was written to furnish interesting and stimulating reading material, to build shorthand comprehension, to give repetition in order to build confidence in writing outlines, and to furnish material for typing transcripts.  It is organized to correspond to the Anniversary manual's organization.
Gregg Shorthand, Pre-Anniversary Manual      This book is Gregg Shorthand: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million, the 1916 edition.  It is the full manual for a pre-Anniversary Series of Gregg Shorthand, referred to as the fifth edition.  This book is about as rare as the Anniversary Manual, and is long out of print.  This manual is divided into twenty sections, and does not contain an index in the back, but rather a concise table of contents at the beginning.  If one is just starting shorthand, it may be best to stick with the Anniversary or later.  This version is still learnable, however, and could be a handy set of different outlines for the use of the shorthand writer.
Esperanto Gregg logo, of my design      This site includes in its entirety the remarkably rare adaptation of Gregg Shorthand to the International Language, Esperanto.  This adaptation was originally made by Ernest L. Jackson in 1918, and is now fully available here in a legible format.  Mr. Jackson assumes that the reader of the adaptation has a good understanding of Pre-Simplified Gregg Shorthand.  The instruction is in English.
About Gregg Shorthand
Editor's Note
A Talk with the Beginner
The Alphabet
Chapter I
   Unit 1
   Unit 2
   Unit 3
Chapter II
   Unit 4
   Unit 5
   Unit 6
Chapter III
   Unit 7
   Unit 8
   Unit 9
Chapter IV
   Unit 10
   Unit 11
   Unit 12
Chapter V
   Unit 13
   Unit 14
   Unit 15
Chapter VI
   Unit 16
   Unit 17
   Unit 18
Chapter VII
   Unit 19
   Unit 20
   Unit 21
Chapter VIII
   Unit 22
   Unit 23
   Unit 24
Chapter IX
   Unit 25
   Unit 26
   Unit 27
Chapter X
   Unit 28
   Unit 29
   Unit 30
Chapter XI
   Unit 31
   Unit 32
   Unit 33
Chapter XII
   Unit 34
   Unit 35
   Unit 36


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