Simplified -> Anniversary?

Hi everybody. I volunteered to translate some steno pads from 1928 for a history professor at my college since nobody on the face of the earth seems to write Gregg out here; there are five of them so just scanning or mailing them isn't practical.
Anyway, given the date, it's certainly not going to be in Simplified, and most likely in Anniversary.

Is it even possible for a Simplified writer to read Anniversary without learning it (with a brief forms dictionary maybe)? I'm familiar with the R principle, but have no idea how much deeper Anniversary theory goes than Simplified beyond the brief forms.

Thanks for your input :)

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