Betty G. Arneson Collection
The correspondence section of the collection houses letters, reports, and a notebook Arneson owned showcasing the hours she dedicated to the process. The letters date from 1969-1973 where Arneson conversed with other individuals who assisted her in the process of transcribing academic material that was needed. There are reports in the collection that show a unique form that was required in order to successfully make a transcribed textbook accessible to the visually handicapped. Lastly, the notebook Arneson had detailed the amount of time she took in a month on transcribing a textbook. Thus, the notebook displays the demand that the task requires. Included in the collection are newsletters and pamphlets related to transcribers with information they would need and available equipment transcribers could use. A crucial part of the collection is the work Arneson made that either was not used in the textbook, Nemeth code Arneson wrote in Braille, a notebook of transcribing lessons Arneson did, and a short children’s story with the printed copy.
The transcription equipment Arneson used gives a glimpse at objects used in the past that are not used today. There are two main equipment objects in the collection, a drawing kit, stand, stylus, and wooden clipboards. Note these object should be handled with care because of their delicate state.
- Majority of material found within 1962-1973
- Arneson, Betty G. (Elizabeth) (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
2.25 Linear Feet
1 legal carton, 3 hollinger boxes boxes
With the assistance from the NBA, Arneson learned skills from workshops and acquired manuals specifically for transcribing. Manuals Arneson collected were English Braille American Edition (two editions), Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing (three editions), Code of Braille Textbook Formats and Techniques (two editions), The Nemeth Code of Braille Mathematics and Scientific Notation (two editions), Lessons and Exercises on the Nemeth Code, and Transcriber’s Guide to English Braille. These manuals touch a lot of different mathematical techniques used in Braille, as well as ways to transcribe English into Braille. For instance, in Braille there are specific rules the transcriber has to follow regarding titles in a section and diagrams. While Arneson was a part of the NBA’s workshops and learned from manuals, she used a notebook that is full of lessons she did on things, such as content pages, words, contractions, and so on.
Because of those workshops and useful manuals, Arneson successfully transcribed three textbooks from print to Braille. The textbooks were Modern Arithmetic Through Discovery (Grade 6), Modern Mathematics Through Discovery (Book I), and Modern Mathematics Through Discovery (Book II). Because of those three accomplishments, the NBA awarded Arneson with three small certificates acknowledging her and the three books. In order to make these achievements, Arneson used specific equipment to create Braille that is no longer used today. For instance, the equipment Arneson used to transcribe mathematic diagrams, questions, etc. was a dated drawing kit. For other writings, Arneson used a clipboard, measuring device, and so on.
The collection is organized into 4 series:
All of the series are arranged in the same order as described. In the series, the folders are placed chronologically based on the dates corresponding to the items.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
- American Association of Workers for the Blind
- Blind--Printing and writing systems.
- Braille - Transcription - Guidebooks.
- Braille – Study and teaching
- Dorf , Maxine B.
- Equipment and supplies. Transcription
- Household , Geoffrey
- Joint Committee on Mathematics and Scientific Notation of the AAIB-AAWB Braille Authority
- Kuhler , J. B.
- Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
- Mathematical notation - Transliteration
- National Braille Association
- Perkins Brailler
- Scharry , Earl R.
- Transcribing services
- Guide to the Betty G. Arneson Collection
- Amber Kelley
- May 2018
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 8/23/2018: Entered into The Cane Tip