Munson Shorthand

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Munson Shorthand
heavy-line geometric abjad shorthand
Creator James Eugene Munson

The Munson Shorthand system was a form of shorthand devised by James Eugene Munson, who was an official court stenographer in New York State. It is a slightly revised version of Pitman shorthand designed to make it more systematic.

Many of the symbols are identical to Pitman's. The idea of distinguishing voiced from unvoiced consonants by writing the former more darkly is taken directly from Pitman.


  • Munson, James Eugene (1867), A new and simplified classification and arrangement of the consonant-signs of phonography, with a new and comprehensive rule for vocalization, affording increased facility in learning the art, New York, cop, OCLC 45029709 
  • Munson, James Eugene (1880), Munson’s system of phonography. The phrase-book of practical phonography, containing a list of useful phrases, printed in phonographic outlines; a complete and thorough treatise on the art of phraseography ... etc, New York, J.E. Munson, OCLC 51625624 
  • Munson, James Eugene (1897), Art of phonography, New York, Munson Phonographic Pub. Co, OCLC 38315423