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MC 00250 Guide to the Society for Technical Communication Records, 1956-1996

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This series documents STC's administration, chapter affairs, recognition awards (and competitions), conferences, professional activities (including the Standards Council), and publications on the national level.
Administration
[Box 1, Folder 1] Executive Council, Minutes, annual report, and strategic plan, 1976-1986
[Box 1, Folder 2] Executive Council, General, 1965-1987, n.d.
[Box 1, Folder 3] Bylaws, 1971
[Box 1, Folder 4] Nominating Committee, 1960-1995, n.d.
[Box 1, Folder 5] Goals Committee, 1964-1967
[Box 1, Folder 6] Name-Review Committee, 1961
[Box 1, Folder 7] "Technical Communication,", ca. 1960s-1986
Chapter Affairs
[Box 1, Folder 8] General, 1981, 1988, n.d.
[Box 1, Folder 9] Chapter Program Committee, 1967-1979, n.d.
[Box 1, Folder 10] Membership Committee, 1961-1987
[Box 1, Folder 11] Membership Data Processing, 1961-1976
[Box 1, Folder 12] Regional Planning Committee, 1981
Recognition Awards
[Box 1, Folder 13] Audiovisual Competition, 1980-1989
[Box 1, Folder 14] Awards Banquet and General, 1982-1987
[Box 1, Folder 15] Chapter Newsletter Competition, 1973-1986
[Box 1, Folder 16] Fellow and Associate Fellow, 1974-1996
[Box 1, Folder 17] Publications Competition, 1973-1990
[Box 2, Folder 1] Technical Art Competition, 1970-1987
Conferences
[Box 2, Folder 2] ITCC and pre-cursor STWP Annual Convention, 1963-1978
[Box 2, Folder 3] ITCC, 1980-1989
[Box 2, Folder 4] Region 2 and Piedmont/Carolina, 1980, 1991
Professional Activities
[Box 2, Folder 5] Certification Committee, 1983
[Box 2, Folder 6] Community Service Committee, 1990
[Box 2, Folder 7] Education and Development Committee, 1965-1982
[Box 2, Folder 8] Employment Referral, and Consulting and Independent Contracting Committees, 1972-1991
[Box 2, Folder 9] Research Grants Committee, 1973
[Box 2, Folder 10] Standards Council, General, 1960-1969
[Box 2, Folder 11] Standards Council, General, 1970
[Box 2, Folder 12] Standards Council, General, 1971-1973
[Box 2, Folder 13] Standards Council, General, Feb. 1974-Sept. 1974
[Box 2, Folder 14] Standards Council, General, Sept. 1974-Dec. 1974
[Box 3, Folder 1] Standards Council, General, Jan. 1975-Oct. 1975
[Box 3, Folder 2] Standards Council, General, Oct. 1975-Dec. 1975
[Box 3, Folder 3] Standards Council, General, 1976-1979
[Box 3, Folder 4] Standards Council, General, 1980
[Box 3, Folder 5] Standards Council, General, 1989-1991
[Box 3, Folder 6] Standards Council, General, n.d.
[Box 3, Folder 7] Standards Council, Membership Data Committee, 1965-1970
[Box 3, Folder 8] Standards Council, Membership Data Committee, 1971-1986
[Box 3, Folder 9] Standards Council, Membership Data Committee, Raw Data and statistics, 1969-1982
[Box 3, Folder 10] Technical Committee, ca. 1960s
Publications
[Box 3, Folder 11] Newsletter ( "Tieline),", 1967, 1980-1983
[Box 3, Folder 12] Publications Program, 1974-ca. 1988
This series contains records from various chapters, the bulk of which is newsletters. However, in addition to the Carolina Communique, the Carolina Chapter is well documented, including quarterly reports to its director-sponsor; its executive council; its nominating, program, membership, recognition awards, and public relations committees; and its professional activities.
"Austin"
[Box 4, Folder 1] " The Austin Communicator,", 1989, 1985
"Boston"
[Box 4, Folder 2] 1963
[Box 4, Folder 3] "The Boston Broadside,", 1984-1985
"Bowling Green State University Student Chapter"
[Box 4, Folder 4] " interchange,", 1984-1985
"Carolina"
"Quarterly Reports to Director-Sponsor"
[Box 4, Folder 5] 1973-1982
"Executive Council"
[Box 4, Folder 6] Minutes and Meeting Notes, 1968-1989
[Box 4, Folder 7] General, 1968-1974
[Box 4, Folder 8] General, 1977-1979
[Box 4, Folder 9] General, 1980-1981
[Box 4, Folder 10] General, 1982-1984
[Box 4, Folder 11] General, 1985-1990
[Box 4, Folder 11ee] General, 1990
"Nominating Committee"
[Box 4, Folder 12] Associate Fellow, 1973-1995
[Box 4, Folder 13] Fellow, 1968-1986
[Box 4, Folder 14] Officers, 1968-1996
[Box 4, Folder 14ee] Officers, 1994-1996
"Program Committee"
[Box 4, Folder 15] 1974-1979
[Box 4, Folder 16] 1980-1983
[Box 5, Folder 1] 1984-1987
[Box 5, Folder 2] 1988
[Box 5, Folder 3] 1989-1990, n.d.
"Membership and Mailing Lists"
[Box 5, Folder 4] 1974-1989, n.d.
"Recognition Awards"
[Box 5, Folder 5] Audiovisual Competition, 1980-1982
[Box 5, Folder 6] High School Science Writing Competition, 1983-1984
[Box 5, Folder 7] Online Communications Competition, n.d.
[Box 5, Folder 8] Technical Art Competition, 1973-1990, n.d.
[Box 5, Folder 9] Technical Publications Competition, 1977-ca.1989
[Box 5, Folder 9ee] Technical Publications Competition, 1987-1988
"Professional Activities"
[Box 5, Folder 10] Education Committee, 1977-1995, n.d.
[Box 5, Folder 11] Freelance Directory, 1985
[Box 5, Folder 12] Job Bank Committee, n.d.
"Public Relations and News Releases"
[Box 5, Folder 13] 1972-1984
"Newsletter"
[Box 5, Folder 14] 1978-1993, n.d.
" "Carolina Communique" "
[Box 5, Folder 15] Feb. 1969-Sept./Oct. 1974
[Box 5, Folder 16] Jan. 1975-Sept. 1977
[Box 5, Folder 17] March/April 1978-July 1981
[Box 6, Folder 1] Sept. 1981-May 1983
[Box 6, Folder 2] Oct./Nov. 1983-Dec. 1985
[Box 6, Folder 3] Jan. 1986-Dec. 1987
[Box 6, Folder 3ee] Sept. 1987-Dec. 1987
[Box 6, Folder 4] Jan. 1988-April 1989
[Box 6, Folder 4ee] Jan. 1988-April 1988
[Box 6, Folder 5] Sept. 1989-1992, 1994
"Columbia River Student Chapter"
[Box 6, Folder 6] "Current,", 1989
"Delaware Valley"
[Box 6, Folder 7] "News & Views,", 1990
"East Tennessse"
[Box 6, Folder 8] 1982-1983
"James River"
[Box 6, Folder 9] 1990
"Metrolina"
[Box 6, Folder 10] "The Front Page,", 1988
"Metro Baltimore"
[Box 6, Folder 11] "chesapeake bayline,", 1988-1989
"Mid-Hudson"
[Box 6, Folder 12] 1960-1965
[Box 6, Folder 13] "The Data Link,", July 1960-Sept. 1962
"Monterey Bay"
[Box 6, Folder 14] "Monterey Bay Communique,", 1987-1988
"Montreal Chapter"
[Box 6, Folder 15] "Communique Montreal,", 1989-1990
"New York"
[Box 6, Folder 16] 1968
"Niagra Frontier"
[Box 6, Folder 17] 1989
[Box 6, Folder 18] "HYPERchat,", 1989-1990
"Northern New England"
[Box 6, Folder 19] "The Nor'easter,", 1988-1989
"Orange County"
[Box 6, Folder 20] "Techniscribe,", 1983-1984
"Phoenix"
[Box 6, Folder 21] "The Rough Draft,", 1984
"Piedmont"
[Box 6, Folder 22] "Piedmonitor,", 1988-1990
"Puget Sound"
[Box 6, Folder 23] "Sound Off,", 1982
"Quad Cities"
[Box 6, Folder 24] "The Bridge,", 1983-1985
"Rock Valley"
[Box 6, Folder 25] "Rendezvous,", 1989
"Sacramento"
[Box 6, Folder 26] "Capital Currents,", 1990
"San Francisco"
[Box 6, Folder 27] "Active Voice,", 1988-1989
"Sierra-Panamint"
[Box 6, Folder 28] "Petroglyph,", 1987-1989
"West Virginia"
[Box 6, Folder 29] "Technically Speaking,", 1989
"Miscellaneous Newsletters"
[Box 6, Folder 30] 1988-1990, n.d.
This series is comprised of a variety of national publications, many from the early years of STC (1950s and 1960s), including newsletters and journals.
"TWE Journal"
[Box 7, Folder 1] 1956-1957
"STWP" " Bulletin/Newsletter"
[Box 7, Folder 2] 1965-1967
[Box 7, Folder 3] 1956-1962
"Intercom"
[Box 7, Folder 4] April 1995-Jan. 1995
[Box 7, Folder 5] 1994
[Box 7, Folder 6] 1993-1992
[Box 7, Folder 7] 1991-1990
[Box 7, Folder 8] 1989
[Box 8, Folder 1] 1988
[Box 8, Folder 2] 1987
[Box 8, Folder 3] 1986
[Box 8, Folder 4] 1985-1983
[Box 8, Folder 5] 1982-1978
[Box 8, Folder 6] 1977-1963
"Independent Perspective"
[Box 8, Folder 7] 1993-1995
"Oyez!Oyez!"
[Box 8, Folder 8] 1967
"Tieline"
[Box 8, Folder 9] Feb. 1988-June/July 1989
[Box 8, Folder 10] March 1985-Feb. 1982
[Box 8, Folder 11] Dec. 1981/Jan. 1982-May 1979; April 1976-Oct. 1975
"STWP Review"
[Box 9] April 1962-Oct. 1966
"Technical Communications"
[Box 9] First Quarter 1967-Fourth Quarter 1970
[Box 10] Jan./Feb. 1971-May/June 1971
"Technical Communication"
[Box 10] Third Quarter 1971-Fourth Quarter 1983
[Box 11] First Quarter 1984-Fourth Quarter 1990
[Box 12] First Quarter 1991-Fourth Quarter 1993
"Proceedings"
[Box 13, Folder 1] Society of Technical Writers and Editors, "Proceedings of Seventh Annual National Convention,", April 21-22, 1960
[Box 13, Folder 2] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Proceedings: Eighth Annual Convention,", 1961
[Box 13, Folder 3] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Convention Proceedings: Eleventh Annual National Convention and Exhibition,", May 14-16, 1964
[Box 13, Folder 4] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Convention Proceedings: 12th Annual Convention,", May 19-22, 1965
[Box 14, Folder 1] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "1966 Convention Proceedings,", May 11-14, 1966
[Box 14, Folder 2] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Technical Communications Conference,", May 8-11, 1968
[Box 14, Folder 3] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "International Convention: Copies of Papers Presented,", May 8-11, 1968
[Box 14, Folder 4] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "First International Symposium,", Dec. 9-12, 1968
[Box 15, Folder 1] Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "16th ITCC,", May 14-17, 1969
[Box 15, Folder 2] Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 21st International Technical Communications Conference,", May 15-18, 1974
[Box 15, Folder 3] Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 22nd International Technical Communications Conference,", May 14-17, 1975
[Box 15, Folder 4] Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 23rd International Technical Communication Conference,", May 12-15, 1976
[Box 16, Folder 1] Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 26th International Technical Communication Conference,", May 16-19, 1979
[Box 16, Folder 2] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 27th ITCC: Technical Communication--The Bridge of Understanding,, May 14-17, 1980
Vol. I
[Box 16, Folder 3] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 27th ITCC: Technical Communication--The Bridge of Understanding,, May 14-17, 1980,
Vol. II
[Box 17, Folder 1] Society for Technical Communcation, Proceedings: 29th International Technical Communication Conference: Technical Communication--Charting the Course of Technology,, May 5-8, 1982
[Box 17, Folder 2] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 30th International Technical Communication Conference: Spirit of Technical Communication,, May 1-4, 1983
[Box 17, Folder 3] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 31st International Technical Communication Conference,, April 29-May 2, 1984
[Box 18, Folder 1] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 33rd International Technical Communication Conference,, May 11-14 1986
[Box 18, Folder 2] Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 35th ITCC: Freedom to Communicate,, May 10-13 1988
This series contains journal and newspaper articles, conference brochures, various advertisements, NCSU information, and publications including technical writing manuals, newsletters, and pamphlets that are unrelated to STC but document the field of technical communication during the 1960s-1970s.
[Box 19, Folder 1] Advertisements, [c. 1960s-1980s]
[Box 19, Folder 2] Class materials, 1982
[Box 19, Folder 3] Conferences and workshops (includes 1 survey), 1966-1989
[Box 19, Folder 4] INTECOM (International Council for Technical Communication), 1974
[Box 19, Folder 5] Journal articles, 1961-1992, n.d.
[Box 19, Folder 6] NCSU Technical Communication program, , [c. 1980s]
[Box 19, Folder 7] Newspaper articles and announcements, 1958-1975, n.d.
[Box 19, Folder 8] Publications, including Metric Reporter,and IBM The World of Information Recording,, 1974 [1978]
[Box 19, Folder 9] US Standards Institute and Logistics Management Advisory Committee, , 1968, 1971
[Box 19, Folder 10] Technical Writing I Study Guide,, 1962
[Box 19, Folder 11] New Directions in Technical Writing and Communication,, 1977

Quantity

8.2 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

17 boxes

Location

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Language

English

Processing

Processed by: Ruth E. Bryan; machine-readable finding aid created by: Ruth E. Bryan

Scope and Content Note

The STC Records document the activities and personnel of this organization at both the national and chapter levels during the years 1956-1996. These records relate not only to the organization itself, but also document the development of the technical communications field during these years, including the introduction and growth of "automatic text writing instruments" and computers.

However, the collection primarily reflects those committees and issues with which its major collectors were concerned during the years in which they were active in STC. One of these is Austin Farrell, and because of his involvement with the national Membership Committee and Standards Council in the 1960s and 1970s, the bulk of the national material lies in these committees and time periods. On the chapter level, because of Farrell's development of and membership in the Carolina Chapter, this chapter is more fully represented than others. In addition, two presidents of the chapter during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Joseph Saunders and Judith Hallman, kept most of their files. As a result the Executive Council and the Program Committee are well-documented for these years, including the chapter's relationship with its director-sponsor.

The collection is divided into four series: National Organization, Chapter Files, Publications, and Miscellaneous. While the files themselves are organized in chronological order by year, several series of publications were received by Special Collections in reverse chronological order and were kept in their original order. In addition, several individual documents are duplicated in electronic format, including issues for the 1987-1988 Carolina Communique. These are listed separately in the container listing. Similarly, the few photographs which are included in the collection are noted in the listing.

Historical Note

The Society for Technical Communication (STC) is an organization "dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication" and "improving the quality and effectiveness of technical communication for audiences worldwide." STC promotes technical communication to both its members and the public at large, mainly students. It provides its more than 20,000 members with opportunities for career development and networking, including an annual conference (the International Technical Communication Conference, ITCC), a newsletter ( Intercom), a job database, and various inter-society competitions. In addition to these membership benefits, STC reaches the general public through a journal ( Technical Communication), other publications by the STC Press, grants and scholarships to students and for research, and various public competitions.

STC was created in the 1950s out of the merger of three separate groups. The Society of Technical Writers and the Society of Technical Writers and Editors were both formed on the East Coast in 1953 and merged in 1957 to become the Society of Technical Writers and Editors ( STWE). In 1957, this group merged again with the Technical Publishing Society, founded on the West Coast in 1954, to become the Society of Technical Writers and Publishers ( STWP). In 1971, the organization changed its name to the Society for Technical Communication, and the title of its journal was changed from STWP Review to Technical Communication.

STC activities take place on a national, regional, and chapter level. There are 8 regions, with 20 local chapters in each one. Each chapter elects their own officials and committee chairs. Much of the focus of the national organization is on encouraging its chapters to increase membership, to publish a newsletter, and to conduct workshops, seminars, scholarships, and contests on the local level following guidelines set out by the various national committees. Each chapter is assigned a Director-Sponsor who is their official liaison to the Executive Council. Many STC members are involved with the organization on both a local and national level.

Currently 400-members strong, the Carolina Chapter, among other activities, produces its own newsletter, Carolina Communique. The chapter was founded as a branch in 1966 by Austin Farrell (with two others) and became a full-fledged chapter in 1967. A long-time member of STC, Farrell began his activities with STWE in 1957, carried on with STWP after the merger and continued his involvement as the organization grew through the 1980s. Before moving to Raleigh, he was a member of and held several key positions in the Mid-Hudson Chapter and co- founded and chaired the national organization's Standards Council. He was the Chapter's first President and held several offices throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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