Cursive Is an Endangered Species – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle
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In the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, we have begun to see the ramifications of this shift and
its effect on the research skills of college students. Recently, an
undergraduate asked me for help with a manuscript she was studying. I
assumed it was something along the lines of a medieval Latin text or
perhaps even a particularly difficult Marcel Proust letter (our library
holds the largest collection of Proust letters in the world), but when I
bent over the letter to help, I saw that it was in English and in the very
neat, clear hand of John Ruskin. “What’s the problem?” I asked.

“Oh, I don’t *do* cursive,” answered the undergraduate.

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