Reminding What History Has Overlooked – 

The Role of Shorthand in the Preservation of Thought 

Visitors Are Greeted With The Gallery’s Mission Statement Displayed Prominently Along a 10-foot Entry Wall

If government deliberation is to be remembered, revised, or acted upon, it must first be recorded.
-Thomas Jefferson

Mission Statement

The affairs of a society, its organizations and governmental bodies, can be scrutinized only when its discussions are memorialized in an accurate and impartial writing.

This timeless truth led to the creation of written language in 3500 BC.  It compelled Julius Caesar in 59 BC to order that the deliberations of the Roman Senate be written.  And in 1873, reversing their practice of secret meetings, the United States Senate engaged official reporters to transcribe debates – preserved in The Congressional Record.

This same powerful tenet is fulfilled every day in the courtrooms of this building as the Official Reporters of the US District Court capture every word of proceedings for appellate and other review.

The Gallery of Shorthand celebrates shorthand reporters, who preserve the rhetoric of society from a front-row seat at everyday and historic events, and honors those who entrust them with that solemn duty.