Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Francis M. Hurst

Second Advisor

Dr. Stewart Briggs


A brief review of the evolution of written communication will be of interest before considering the possibility of predicting writing success in advance of writing instruction. 1. Earliest Types of Writing. Records of time and number were ingeniously kept by such devices as notches in sticks or knots in cords. The Inca Quipu, a cord device for keeping records, is an outstanding example of this sort. However, a need of records for religious and government purposes, trade and general communication urges the further development of writing.


A Thesis Presented to the Graduate Division University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Mary O'Keeffe Karsten June, 1956

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