The Plath mss. II correspondence file spans the years 1938 to 1977, and the majority of Mrs. Plath’s annotations are in plainly readable longhand. The first Gregg shorthand annotation appears on a 1948 letter Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother from summer camp. Plath scholar Catherine Rankovic found and transcribed a total of 159 shorthand annotations throughout the Plath mss. II correspondence and transcribed the annotations into the accompanying Transcription Table.
Shorthand is solely a written language. For this reason, “translating” shorthand into its original language is correctly called “transcribing” it, and the result is called a “transcription.” An individual shorthand symbol is called a “character.” A shorthand “character” usually represents a single word.
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Rankovic, Catherine, "Aurelia S. Plath Shorthand Transcription Table from Correspondence in the Lilly Library Plath Archive Plath mss.II" (2019). Aurelia Plath Shorthand Transcriptions. 2.