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History and the study of technical communication in Canada and the United States

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1 Author(s)
J. J. Connor ; Univ. of Western Ontario, London, Ont., Canada

Publications on the broader history of technical communication that have appeared over the past decade are reviewed. It is suggested that historical studies can easily be pursued in North America owing to the availability of source material. Recent microfilm or microprint publications of both primary sources and reference guides to them are identified. Three examples of engineering reports published in the early 19th century are discussed, and their historical implications are explored. The author holds that there is a role for history in the teaching and research of technical communication

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 1 )