Society for Technical Communication Records 1956-1996

Size
8.2 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00250

Created in the 1950s and originally named the Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, 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." The STC Records document the activities and personnel of this organization at both the national and chapter levels during the years 1956-1996.

Biographical/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.

Scope/content

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.

Custodial history

Donated by Larry Kuns, 1997 (Accession no. 1997-0022).

Physical description

17 boxes

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Society for Technical Communication Records, MC 00250, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Processing information

Processed by Ruth E. Bryan

Completed December 1998

The collection is organized into four principal series:

National Organization

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
Executive Council, Minutes, annual report, and strategic plan 1976-1986
Box 1, Folder 1
Executive Council, General 1965-1987, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 2
Bylaws 1971
Box 1, Folder 3
Nominating Committee 1960-1995, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 4
Goals Committee 1964-1967
Box 1, Folder 5
Name-Review Committee 1961
Box 1, Folder 6
"Technical Communication," ca. 1960s-1986
Box 1, Folder 7
Chapter Affairs
General 1981, 1988, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 8
Chapter Program Committee 1967-1979, n.d.
Box 1, Folder 9
Membership Committee 1961-1987
Box 1, Folder 10
Membership Data Processing 1961-1976
Box 1, Folder 11
Regional Planning Committee 1981
Box 1, Folder 12
Recognition Awards
Audiovisual Competition 1980-1989
Box 1, Folder 13
Awards Banquet and General 1982-1987

(includes photographs)

Box 1, Folder 14
Chapter Newsletter Competition 1973-1986
Box 1, Folder 15
Fellow and Associate Fellow 1974-1996
Box 1, Folder 16
Publications Competition 1973-1990
Box 1, Folder 17
Technical Art Competition 1970-1987
Box 2, Folder 1
Conferences
ITCC and pre-cursor STWP Annual Convention 1963-1978
Box 2, Folder 2
ITCC 1980-1989
Box 2, Folder 3
Region 2 and Piedmont/Carolina 1980, 1991
Box 2, Folder 4
Professional Activities
Certification Committee 1983
Box 2, Folder 5
Community Service Committee 1990
Box 2, Folder 6
Education and Development Committee 1965-1982
Box 2, Folder 7
Employment Referral, and Consulting and Independent Contracting Committees 1972-1991
Box 2, Folder 8
Research Grants Committee 1973
Box 2, Folder 9
Standards Council, General 1960-1969
Box 2, Folder 10
Standards Council, General 1970
Box 2, Folder 11
Standards Council, General 1971-1973
Box 2, Folder 12
Standards Council, General Feb. 1974-Sept. 1974
Box 2, Folder 13
Standards Council, General Sept. 1974-Dec. 1974
Box 2, Folder 14
Standards Council, General Jan. 1975-Oct. 1975
Box 3, Folder 1
Standards Council, General Oct. 1975-Dec. 1975
Box 3, Folder 2
Standards Council, General 1976-1979
Box 3, Folder 3
Standards Council, General 1980
Box 3, Folder 4
Standards Council, General 1989-1991
Box 3, Folder 5
Standards Council, General n.d.
Box 3, Folder 6
Standards Council, Membership Data Committee 1965-1970
Box 3, Folder 7
Standards Council, Membership Data Committee 1971-1986
Box 3, Folder 8
Standards Council, Membership Data Committee, Raw Data and statistics 1969-1982
Box 3, Folder 9
Technical Committee ca. 1960s
Box 3, Folder 10
Publications
Newsletter ("Tieline)," 1967, 1980-1983
Box 3, Folder 11
Publications Program 1974-ca. 1988
Box 3, Folder 12
Chapter Files

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
" The Austin Communicator," 1989, 1985
Box 4, Folder 1
Boston
1963
Box 4, Folder 2
"The Boston Broadside," 1984-1985
Box 4, Folder 3
Bowling Green State University Student Chapter
" interchange," 1984-1985
Box 4, Folder 4
Carolina
Quarterly Reports to Director-Sponsor
1973-1982
Box 4, Folder 5
Executive Council
Minutes and Meeting Notes 1968-1989
Box 4, Folder 6
General 1968-1974
Box 4, Folder 7
General 1977-1979
Box 4, Folder 8
General 1980-1981
Box 4, Folder 9
General 1982-1984
Box 4, Folder 10
General 1985-1990
Box 4, Folder 11
General 1990

electronic file

Box 4, Folder 11ee
Nominating Committee
Associate Fellow 1973-1995
Box 4, Folder 12
Fellow 1968-1986
Box 4, Folder 13
Officers 1968-1996
Box 4, Folder 14
Officers 1994-1996

electronic file

Box 4, Folder 14ee
Program Committee
1974-1979
Box 4, Folder 15
1980-1983
Box 4, Folder 16
1984-1987
Box 5, Folder 1
1988
Box 5, Folder 2
1989-1990, n.d.
Box 5, Folder 3
Membership and Mailing Lists
1974-1989, n.d.
Box 5, Folder 4
Recognition Awards
Audiovisual Competition 1980-1982
Box 5, Folder 5
High School Science Writing Competition 1983-1984
Box 5, Folder 6
Online Communications Competition n.d.
Box 5, Folder 7
Technical Art Competition 1973-1990, n.d.
Box 5, Folder 8
Technical Publications Competition 1977-ca.1989
Box 5, Folder 9
Technical Publications Competition 1987-1988

electronic file

Box 5, Folder 9ee
Professional Activities
Education Committee 1977-1995, n.d.
Box 5, Folder 10
Freelance Directory 1985
Box 5, Folder 11
Job Bank Committee n.d.
Box 5, Folder 12
Public Relations and News Releases
1972-1984

(includes photographs)

Box 5, Folder 13
Newsletter
1978-1993, n.d.
Box 5, Folder 14
"Carolina Communique"
Feb. 1969-Sept./Oct. 1974
Box 5, Folder 15
Jan. 1975-Sept. 1977
Box 5, Folder 16
March/April 1978-July 1981
Box 5, Folder 17
Sept. 1981-May 1983
Box 6, Folder 1
Oct./Nov. 1983-Dec. 1985
Box 6, Folder 2
Jan. 1986-Dec. 1987
Box 6, Folder 3
Sept. 1987-Dec. 1987

elecronic file

Box 6, Folder 3ee
Jan. 1988-April 1989
Box 6, Folder 4
Jan. 1988-April 1988

elecronic file

Box 6, Folder 4ee
Sept. 1989-1992, 1994
Box 6, Folder 5
Columbia River Student Chapter
"Current," 1989
Box 6, Folder 6
Delaware Valley
"News & Views," 1990
Box 6, Folder 7
East Tennessse
1982-1983
Box 6, Folder 8
James River
1990
Box 6, Folder 9
Metrolina
"The Front Page," 1988
Box 6, Folder 10
Metro Baltimore
"chesapeake bayline," 1988-1989
Box 6, Folder 11
Mid-Hudson
1960-1965
Box 6, Folder 12
"The Data Link," July 1960-Sept. 1962
Box 6, Folder 13
Monterey Bay
"Monterey Bay Communique," 1987-1988
Box 6, Folder 14
Montreal Chapter
"Communique Montreal," 1989-1990
Box 6, Folder 15
New York
1968
Box 6, Folder 16
Niagra Frontier
1989
Box 6, Folder 17
"HYPERchat," 1989-1990
Box 6, Folder 18
Northern New England
"The Nor'easter," 1988-1989
Box 6, Folder 19
Orange County
"Techniscribe," 1983-1984
Box 6, Folder 20
Phoenix
"The Rough Draft," 1984
Box 6, Folder 21
Piedmont
"Piedmonitor," 1988-1990
Box 6, Folder 22
Puget Sound
"Sound Off," 1982
Box 6, Folder 23
Quad Cities
"The Bridge," 1983-1985
Box 6, Folder 24
Rock Valley
"Rendezvous," 1989
Box 6, Folder 25
Sacramento
"Capital Currents," 1990
Box 6, Folder 26
San Francisco
"Active Voice," 1988-1989
Box 6, Folder 27
Sierra-Panamint
"Petroglyph," 1987-1989
Box 6, Folder 28
West Virginia
"Technically Speaking," 1989
Box 6, Folder 29
Miscellaneous Newsletters
1988-1990, n.d.
Box 6, Folder 30
Publications

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"
1956-1957
Box 7, Folder 1
STWP " Bulletin/Newsletter"
1965-1967
Box 7, Folder 2
1956-1962
Box 7, Folder 3
"Intercom"
April 1995-Jan. 1995
Box 7, Folder 4
1994
Box 7, Folder 5
1993-1992
Box 7, Folder 6
1991-1990
Box 7, Folder 7
1989
Box 7, Folder 8
1988
Box 8, Folder 1
1987
Box 8, Folder 2
1986
Box 8, Folder 3
1985-1983
Box 8, Folder 4
1982-1978
Box 8, Folder 5
1977-1963
Box 8, Folder 6
"Independent Perspective"
1993-1995
Box 8, Folder 7
"Oyez!Oyez!"
1967
Box 8, Folder 8
"Tieline"
Feb. 1988-June/July 1989
Box 8, Folder 9
March 1985-Feb. 1982
Box 8, Folder 10
Dec. 1981/Jan. 1982-May 1979; April 1976-Oct. 1975
Box 8, Folder 11
"STWP Review"
April 1962-Oct. 1966
Box 9
"Technical Communications"
First Quarter 1967-Fourth Quarter 1970
Box 9
Jan./Feb. 1971-May/June 1971
Box 10
"Technical Communication"
Third Quarter 1971-Fourth Quarter 1983
Box 10
First Quarter 1984-Fourth Quarter 1990
Box 11
First Quarter 1991-Fourth Quarter 1993
Box 12
Proceedings
Society of Technical Writers and Editors, "Proceedings of Seventh Annual National Convention," April 21-22, 1960
Box 13, Folder 1
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Proceedings: Eighth Annual Convention," 1961
Box 13, Folder 2
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Convention Proceedings: Eleventh Annual National Convention and Exhibition," May 14-16, 1964
Box 13, Folder 3
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Convention Proceedings: 12th Annual Convention," May 19-22, 1965
Box 13, Folder 4
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "1966 Convention Proceedings," May 11-14, 1966
Box 14, Folder 1
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Technical Communications Conference," May 8-11, 1968
Box 14, Folder 2
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "International Convention: Copies of Papers Presented," May 8-11, 1968
Box 14, Folder 3
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "First International Symposium," Dec. 9-12, 1968
Box 14, Folder 4
Society of Technical Writers and Publishers, "16th ITCC," May 14-17, 1969
Box 15, Folder 1
Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 21st International Technical Communications Conference," May 15-18, 1974
Box 15, Folder 2
Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 22nd International Technical Communications Conference," May 14-17, 1975
Box 15, Folder 3
Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 23rd International Technical Communication Conference," May 12-15, 1976
Box 15, Folder 4
Society for Technical Communication, "Proceedings: 26th International Technical Communication Conference," May 16-19, 1979
Box 16, Folder 1
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 27th ITCC: Technical Communication--The Bridge of Understanding, May 14-17, 1980

Vol. I

Box 16, Folder 2
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 27th ITCC: Technical Communication--The Bridge of Understanding, May 14-17, 1980,

Vol. II

Box 16, Folder 3
Society for Technical Communcation, Proceedings: 29th International Technical Communication Conference: Technical Communication--Charting the Course of Technology, May 5-8, 1982
Box 17, Folder 1
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 30th International Technical Communication Conference: Spirit of Technical Communication, May 1-4, 1983
Box 17, Folder 2
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 31st International Technical Communication Conference, April 29-May 2, 1984
Box 17, Folder 3
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 33rd International Technical Communication Conference, May 11-14 1986
Box 18, Folder 1
Society for Technical Communication, Proceedings: 35th ITCC: Freedom to Communicate, May 10-13 1988
Box 18, Folder 2
Miscellaneous

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.

Advertisements [c. 1960s-1980s]
Box 19, Folder 1
Class materials 1982
Box 19, Folder 2
Conferences and workshops (includes 1 survey) 1966-1989
Box 19, Folder 3
INTECOM (International Council for Technical Communication) 1974
Box 19, Folder 4
Journal articles 1961-1992, n.d.
Box 19, Folder 5
NCSU Technical Communication program, [c. 1980s]
Box 19, Folder 6
Newspaper articles and announcements 1958-1975, n.d.
Box 19, Folder 7
Publications, including Metric Reporter, and IBM The World of Information Recording, 1974 [1978]
Box 19, Folder 8
US Standards Institute and Logistics Management Advisory Committee, 1968, 1971
Box 19, Folder 9
Technical Writing I Study Guide, 1962
Box 19, Folder 10
New Directions in Technical Writing and Communication, 1977
Box 19, Folder 11

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Society for Technical Communication Records, MC 00250, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.