Archivists: where can I find samples of 19th-century script?
October 28, 2009 5:11 PM Subscribe
As a part of my academic research, I'm digging into the Edison Papers
, and finding (mostly handwritten) archival materials from the late 19th century. I'm embarrassed to admit I can barely read the cursive handwriting of Edison and his colleagues. Does anyone know where I might find samples of 19th-century script to help me learn how to read this archival material?
posted by Monsters to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I know that there are various 'hands' that were popular in the past, and it looks like the papers are written with dip pens (according to my fountain-pen-nerd boyfriend). The script I'm struggling with looks most like the third column on this page of Copperplate samples
, but even more stretched out.
I also found this tutorial
by googling around, but I thought i might see if any Mefites with archival experience have any sources they prefer/tips for the Edison Papers specifically.