SA - Papers of Rosemary Sassoon

Identity Statement
Reference code: GB/366/DC/SA
Title: Papers of Rosemary Sassoon (b1931-); handwriting expert
Dates of creation: c.1980s-1990s
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 8 boxes

Context
Biographical history: Rosemary Sassoon (b1931) specialises in the educational and medical aspects of handwriting. In 1988 she completed a PhD from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading on 'Joins in children's handwriting, and the effects of different models and teaching methods'.  She spent two years researching and designing a typeface that used letterforms which children found easy to read. The subsequent design is the Sassoon Primary typeface. Since 1987 Sassoon has, in partnership with Adrian Williams, developed a range of font products for reading and handwriting education in schools. These typefaces are now used worldwide for both the teaching and reading of handwriting.  Publications:  'Computers and Typography' (Contributing Editor); 'The Art and Science of Handwriting'; 'The Acquisition of a Second Writing System'; 'Signs, Symbols and Icons' (written in conjunction with Albertine Gaur); 'Handwriting of the Twentieth Century'; 'The Designer'

Content and Structure
Scope and content: Comprises handwriting examples of pupils and teachers; teaching resources; articles; photographs and slides of children writing; papers relating to training provided by Sassoon and conferences in the UK, Australia and the USA; 'Joins in children's handwriting, and the effects of different models and teaching methods', by Rosemary Sassoon - thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Typography and Communication, University of Reading, May 1988; papers regarding back pain in education.

Subject terms: Handwriting instruction

Personal names: Sassoon, Rosemary (b1931-); handwriting expert

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Available for study with advance notice.
Finding aids: Uncatalogued