Collection reflects John Robert Gregg's career as an inventor, educator and publisher of Gregg Shorthand and related commercial education material. Collection is composed of Gregg Publishing Company records, Light-Line Phonography Company records and John Gregg's personal file. Records of the Gregg Publishing Company, 1893-1963, contain domestic records, foreign records, documents, writings, galley proofs, and printed material. Subjects include Gregg shorthand, Gregg shorthand manuals, business education, competition from rival shorthand systems and the company's participation in the Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915). Noted employees include H.L. Carrad, Louis A. Leslie, Rupert P. Sorelle and W.W. Renshaw. There are a few records of Light-Line Phonography Company, 1885-1897, which covers the period before the establishment of the Gregg Publishing Company.
Gregg's personal papers, 1892-1962, contain letters, documents, printed material, and photographs that reflect his personal life and interests.
Additions, 1623-1980, supplement the Gregg Publishing Company records, Light-Line Phonography Company records, and the personal papers of John Robert Gregg and his wife Janet. Correspondents in the personal papers include Faith Baldwin. Special format material includes photographs of Gregg and other individuals, sound recordings and audiotapes of interviews with Gregg and his wife and friends, and motion pictures of Gregg's vacation trips, and artifacts.