"posh secretarial schools like Katy Gibbs"
'Ethel Merman still has the touch' (1953) (the actress Ethel Merman began her working life as a shorthand typist)
Public Domain'Ethel Merman still has the touch' (1953) (the actress Ethel Merman began her working life as a shorthand typist) - Credit: Walter Albertin

The Katharine Gibbs secretarial school in New York was one of a chain of secretarial schools in North East America. The first of these was founded on Rhode Island in 1911, under the title 'The Providence School for Secretaries'.

In the 1980's the schools expanded their programs to include many aspects of business administration and computing, and began admitting men to their courses. However, during recent years the organisation has faced difficulties which have led to restructuring and closures.