Boston Broadside
January/February 2003
Vol. 60,  No. 3
 Newsletter of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication


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And the Answer Is...

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Web Poll #44 asks about the first academic program for technical communication in the Boston area.

According to our archives (STW Bulletin, Vol. 3, #9), Simmons College instituted a program for woman technical writers in 1956. The courses included Differential Calculus, Inorganic Chemistry, Electricity and Magnetism, Publishing, and Edition.

In the winter of 1962, Edmund L. Stoddard (later an STC Fellow) of the Education Committee of Northeastern University taught a two-credit survey course in technical communication in the evening division of Northeastern University. This was the first course explicitly in technical communication in the Boston area.

Marguerite Krupp is an Associate Fellow of STC and a member of [email protected], the Society-level committee working on the STC's Golden Anniversary Celebration.

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