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Morse telegraph register Western Union Telegraph Company Records
1820-1995

400 cubic feet
by Robert S. Harding and Alison Oswald

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C;. archivescenter@si.edu; 202-633-3270; www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives
© 2001, second edition, by the Smithsonian Institution. All rights reserved.


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SERIES 9: LEGAL RECORDS, 1867-1968, 1971 (includes agreements, contracts, deeds, leases, licenses)

Box Folder Description
    Subseries 1: Agreements (arranged alpha-numerically), ca. 1880-1930
268   A8-A75
269   A76-A121
270   A122-A156
271   B1-B53
272   B54-B124
273   B125-B158
274   B159-B187
275   B188-B230
276   B231-B255
277   C1-C35
278   C36-C87
279   C88-C145
280   C146-C192
281   C194-C223
282   C224-C263
283   C264-C290
284   D1-D79
285   D80-D127
286   D128-D160
287   E1-E60
288   E61-E99
289   E100-E133
290   E134-E158
291   F1-F60
292   F61-F100
293   F101-F139
294   G1-G120
295   G121-G141
296   G142-G173
297   H1-H51
298   H52-H101
299   H102-H169
300   H170-H223
301   H224-H232
H12-H112 (trifolded)
302   I1-I50
303   I51-I100
304   I101-I150
305   J1-J49
306   J50-J113
307   J118-J141
308   K1-K50
309   K51-K100
310   K101-K145
311   K146-K194
312   L1-L45
313   L46-L90
314   L91-L132
315   M1-M77
316   M78-M120
317   M121-M155
318   M156-M198
319   N1-N32
320   N33-N80A
321   N81-N121
322   N122-N156
323   N1-N81 (trifolded)
324   N84-N145
325   O1-O56
326   O59-O79
327   O1-O58 (trifolded)
328   O59-O100
329   P1-P113 (trifolded)
330   Q1-Q86 (trifolded)
331   R1-R104 (trifolded)
332   S1-S106 (trifolded)
333   S107-S214 (trifolded)
334   T1-T119 (trifolded)
335   T120-T174 (trifolded)
U1-U49 (trifolded
336   U50-U153 (trifolded)
337   U159-U242 (trifolded)
338   U243-U340 (trifolded)
339   V2-V4
340   W57-W58; W161-W198
341   X1-X50
342   X51-X75
343   X76-X130
344   X134-X180
345   X181-X214
346   X215-X244
347   Y1-Y27A
348   Y28-Y86
349   Y87-Y155
350   Y122-Y145; Z50
351-357   Agreements--Miscellaneous (alpha-numerically arranged)
    Subseries 2: Agreements (alphabetical arrangement), ca. 1880-1930
358   American Investment Company
    American Protection Company
    Babcock and Rushton Company
    Ballard and Ballard Company
    Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
    Belle Plain Telephone Company
    H.B. Beer
    Bennett and Company
    British Columbia Telephone Company
    Buffalo, Rochester, and Pittsburgh Railway Company
    Byrne and McDonnell
    Canadian National Telegraph Company
    Carneige Steel Company
    Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Chattanooga, TN
    Commercial Telegraph and Cable Company
    Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Cutting Washington Radio Company
    Hammond Elevator Company
    Harriman and Company
    Harris Winthrop and Company
    Hayden Stone and Company
    Hayward and Clark
    Holmes Electric Protective Company
    Hodenpyl Hardy and Company
    Home Telephone Company
    H.L. Horton and Company
    C.I. Hudson and Company
    Housmann and Company
    Hubbard Brothers
    Hulbard Warren and Chandler
    E.F. Hutton
    Lake Shore and Southern Railway
    Leigh Valley Railroad
    Liberty Telephone Company
    Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Lipper and Company
    Livington and Company
    F.G. Loagn
    Long Island Railroad Company
    Louisiana Company
    Louisville Cotton Oil Company
    Louisville Henderson and St. Louis Railway Company
    Thomas McKinnon
    A.H. Mason
    Mengel and Brothers Company
    Michigan Central Railroad Company
    Miller and Company
    Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company
    Missouri and Kansas Texas Railway Company
    Missouri and N. Arkansas Railroad Company
    Moorage Hardy Grain Company
    Nashville, TN
    Oxford Telephone Company
    Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company
    Red River Texas and Southern Railway
    Republican National Committee
    St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railway Company
    St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Company
    St. Louis, Southwestern Railway Company
    San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railway Company
    Sacramento Valley Telephone Company
    Savanna Mutual Telephone Company
    Savannah Union Station Company
    Seaboard Air Line Railway
    Sears Roebuck and Company
    Shearson, Hamill and Company
    Signal Corp, US Army
    Slaughter and Company
    Southern Cotton Oil
    Southern Railway Company
    Sparks and Company
    Spencer Trask and Company
    Standard Oil Company
    Stein Alstrin Company
    Sternberger Sinn and Company
    Stock Quotation Telegraph Company
    Tide Water Pipe Company
    Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad Company
    Tuscarora Oil Company
    Two Rivers Telephone Company
    US Government
    Vienna Cotton Oil Company
    Wrenn and Company
359   American District Telegraph Company
    Alabama Great Southern Railroad
    Aluminum Company of America
    American Rolling Mill Company
    American Sheet and Tin Plate Company
    American Steel and Wire Company
    Armour and Company
    Auerbach, Pollack and Richardson
    Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
    Bartlett Frazier Company
    Basic Products
    Carnegie Brothers Company
    Carnegie Steel Company
    Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Central News of America
    Central Railroad Company of New Jersey
    Central Traffic Association
    Central Union Telephone Company
    S.B. Chapin and Company
    Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company
    Illinois Central Railroad
    Illinois Steel Company
    Imperial Telephone Company
    Indiana Pipe Line
    International News Service
    McFadden and Brothers
    McPhetters
    Masten and Company
    Mesaba Telephone Company
    Missouri Oklahoma and Gulf Railway Company
    Missouri Pacific Railway Company
    Moore and Schely
    Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Mountain Telegraph Company
    National News Association
    Northwestern Telephone Exchange Company
    Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company
    St. Joseph and Iowa Railroad Company
    St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Company
    Stock Quotation Telegraph Company
    Sun Press Association
    Swift and Company
    Thomason and McKinnon
    US Government
    Contracts and Agreements of the Western Union Telegraph Co., 1866
    Subseries 3: Facility Licenses, 1914-1916
360   Subseries 4: Pole Licenses, 1913-1916
    American District Telegraph Company
    American Protection Company
    American District, Protection and Transportation Company
    Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company
    Illinois District Telegraph Company
    Los Angeles District Telegraph Company
    Louisville, Nashville Railroad Company
    Michigan State Telephone Company
    Missouri District Telegraph Company
    Missouri and Kansas Telegraph Company
    Missouri, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway Company
    Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company
    National District Telegraph Company
    Ohio and Messenger Telegraph Company
    Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company
    Tennessee District Telegraph Company
    Texas Company
    Texas and Pacific Railway
    Toledo Telegraph and Telephone Messenger Company
    Utah District Telegraph Company
361   Joint Pole Manual, 1923
    Subseries 5: Property Leases, 1872-1963
362   Correspondence and rulings on New York City property, ca. 1920s-1960s
363   Correspondence, plans, and rulings on New York City property, ca. 1920s-1960s
364   Real Estate materials, vol. 1. 26 January 1872-January 1907
365 1 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 1, Brief History
  2 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol.2, Appendices A-F
366 1 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 3, Appendices G-H
  2 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 4, Appendices, I-N
367 1 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 5, Appendices O-R
  2 Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 6,
368   Federal Valuation of the Land Lines, 1913-1932, Vol. 7, Appendices U-W
375G 1 Guardian Assurance Company, Limited, 1955
Starker Brothers Limited, 1959
Representative Body of the Church of Wales, 1962
  2 United Kingdom Temperance and General Provident Institution, 1962
National Union of Manufacturers, 1955
Minister of Aviation, 1962
Dunsmark Investments Limited, 1962
  3 Mounted Royal Limited, 1960
London Tecla Gem Company, 1959
Francis John Yates, 1957
Baltic Mercantile and Shipping, 1958
Mayor and Commonality and Citizens of London, 1961
  4 Scottish Mutual Assurance Society, 1960
Reginald Arthur William Bond, 1954
Lawrence's Leeds Limited, 1963
Cardiff Exchange and Office Company, 1961
Premises of #33 Charlotte Square Edinburgh, 1960
Abbey National Building Society, 1961
  5 Yorkshire Insurance Company, Limited, 1960
Frances Cynthia Rosalyns Lawson, 1961
Newcastle-on-Tyne Premises, 1951
Alverton Manor Premises, 1953
British Transport Commission, 1959
Southhampton Dock Premises, 1958
British Transport Commission, 1957
Sir Maurice Fitzgerald, Valentia, Ireland, 1914
  6 Minister of Transport and Power, 1959
Stock Exchange Committee (Netherlands), 1960
Priests of St. Sulpice of Montreal, 1962
Adolfo Perez Lllana Architects, 1955
Gardiner Austin and Company Limited, 1963
Europe and Access Telegraph Company, 1924
  7 Western Union/Western Union International leases and indentures, 1960-1963 (land certificates, leases, licenses, indentures, assignments.
    Subseries 5A: Dey Street Property Materials (indentures, leases), 1770-1896
816 1 1877
  2 1879; 1881
  3 March 1872-April 1872
  4 May 1872
  5 July 1872; October 1872
  6 1896
  7 Miscellaneous
O/S Fldr. 12   Dey Street property materials, undated
    Subseries 6: Real Estate Materials, 1867-1960
375H 1 Bay Roberts, Newfoundland (George Crane), 1913
Canso, Nova Scotia ) Canso Amateur Athletic Association), 1907-1956
Canso, Nova Scotia, 1884-1960
  2 District of Placentia and St. Mary's, Newfoundland, 1913
Berick, County of Sussex, England, 1947
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Charles Brister), 1913
Town of Harbor Grace, 1941
Havana, Cuba, 1930
Heart's Content, 1917
  3 Horta, Azores, 1924-1926
  4 Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company, 1915
North Sydney, Nova Scotia (Richard Hickey), 1913
T.W. Goulding in London, 1925
  5 St. Pierre-Miquelon, 1916
Penzance, England, 1879
Lands of Donilla, Ireland, 1930; 1953
Sydney, Nova Scotia (Sydney Mines), 1939; 1944
Punta Rassa, Florida (easement), 1941
Big Barren Pond, Newfoundland, and Pugwash, Nova Scotia, 1867
    Subseries 7: Telephone Contracts, 1851-1921, n.d.
369 1 Instructions to Managers, 1851-1921
  2 American Telephone and Telegraph Company
  3 Bell Telephone Company of Nevada
  4 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company
  5 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Baltimore City
  6 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia
370 1 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia
  2 Cincinnati and Suburban Telephone Company
  3 New England Telephone and Telegraph
  4 New Jersey Bell Telephone Company
371 1 Indiana Bell Telephone
  2 Illinois Bell Telephone
  3 Michigan Bell Telephone Company
  4 Mountain States Telephone
  5 New England Telephone and Telegraph
  6 Northwest Bell Telephone
  7 Ohio Bell Telephone Company
372 1 Diamond State Telephone Company
  2 New York Telephone Company
  3 Pacific and Northwest Telephone Company
  4 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company
  5 Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
  6 Southern California Telephone Company
  7 Southern New England Telephone Company
  8 Southwestern Bell Telephone
  9 Wisconsin Telephone Company
    Subseries 8: Correspondence about leased wires and rental fees, 1889-1917
373 1 1889
  2 1890
  3 1894
  4 1895
  5 1896
  6 1897
  7 Correspondence about leased wires, 1898
  8 Correspondence about leased wires, 1899
  9 Correspondence about leased wires, 1900
  10 Correspondence about leased wires, 1901
  11 Correspondence about leased wires, 1902
  12 Correspondence about leased wires, 1903
  13 Correspondence about leased wires, 1904
  14 Correspondence about leased wires, 1905
374 1 Correspondence about leased wires, 1906
  2 Correspondence about leased wires, 1907
  3 Correspondence about leased wires, 1908
  4 Correspondence about leased wires, 1909
375 1 Correspondence about leased wires, 1910
  2 Correspondence about leased wires, 1911
  3 Correspondence about leased wires, 1912
  4 Correspondence about leased wires, 1913
  5 Correspondence about leased wires, 1914
  6 Correspondence about leased wires, 1915; 1917
  7 Correspondence about rental fees collected, 1910-1915
    Subseries 9: Cable Divestment Materials, 1874-1960s
375A 1 Cable Divestment Papers, 1911-1965
Leasehold interest schedules, Anglo American Telegraph Company leases, real estate deeds, correspondence, Anglo-American inventory, Western Union real estate deeds
  2 Cable Divestment General Correspondence, 1960
Correspondence, balance sheets for the Ocean Cable System
  3 Records on proposed sale of cables to Textron American Inc., 1955-1957
  4 Cable Divestment correspondence with American Securities Corp., 1955-1961
  5 Cable Divestment correspondence with American Securities Corp., 1956-1958 (copies of memorandum of understanding between Western Union and ASC and supplements and amendments)
375B 1 Proposed sale of cables to Barnes Investing Corp., 1959-1960
(testimony of Walter E. Pudney, Edward A. Gallagher, copies of agreement between Western Union and Barnes)
  2 Cable Divestment standby plan rejected by Federal Communications Commission, 1959-1960
  3 Anti-Divestment of Cables, 1962
(correspondence re bill S. 3646 anti-divestment bill, reports, senate hearing transcript, copies of bill S. 3646)
  4 Cable Divestment Stockholder Suit, 1960-1961
Milford Franklin a Western Union stockholder vs. Western Union, records of the suit
  5 Transfer of Canadian and European Properties, 1963-1965
  6 Cable Divestment Requests for tax ruling, 1961-1963
Copies of correspondence and supplement to request for ruling
375C 1 American Securities Corp., Reimbursement of Expenses, 1957-1960
  2 Federal Communications Commission correspondence re: Anglo American, 1962-1963
(draft of Western Union 1963 report to Federal Communications Commission and correspondence with Federal Communications Commission)
  3 Cable Divestment-Federal Communications Commission Correspondence, 1959-1964
Petitions, orders, reports
  4 Cable Divestment General Correspondence Western Union and American Securities Corp, 1961
  5 Cable Divestment General Correspondence Western Union and American Securities Corp, 1962
375D 1 Cable Divestment General Correspondence, 1963
  2 Cable Divestment Correspondence re acquisition of Anglo Stock, 1959-1960
  3 Stockholder approval for divestment, 1959-1960
  4 Anglo-American/Western Union memorandum correspondence, legal records, and ledger statements, 1874-1962
agreement between Anglo American Telegraph Company, and Western Union and other companies
Letter from Western Union to Anglo re status of companies, 1877
Letter from Anglo to Western Union, 1874
Anglo lease of land in Ireland
Anglo title deed for real estate in France
Indenture between Anglo and Western Union, 1874
375E 1 Canadian License to operate and maintain service, 1960
  2-3 License, agreements, and leases between Western Union and other countries.
  4 Cable Divestment, objecting contracts and agreements.
375F 1 Cable Divestment--Anglo American Telegraph Reports, 1948-1966
  2 Cable Divestment--Anglo American Telegraph Reports, 1903-1968
  3 Cable Divestment--Anglo-American Telegraph Lease, 1912
  4 Cable Divestment--Anglo-American Telegraph Articles of Incorporation (adopted in 1951).
  5 Cable Divestment--Anglo-American Telegraph and Western Union indenture, 1911
  6 Cable Divestment--Anglo-American Telegraph and Western Union indenture, 1912
  7 Cable Divestment--Anglo-American Telegraph and Western Union indenture, 1922 and 1930
375I 1 Direct U.S. Cable Company Real Estate, 1867-1906
  2 Direct U.S. Cable Company Real Estate, 1911-1958
  3 Leases for office space, 1945-1966
  4 New York, Newfoundland, London Telegraph Company,
375J 1 British Western Union Articles of Association, 1924
  2 Western Union European Benefit Plan
  3 By-laws and incorporation papers
  4 Western Union International Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1963
  5 Inventory of Western union Properties transferred to Western Union International
  6 Pension and Benefit Plans of Western Union International and American Securities
819 1 Cable Divestment: Anglo American, American Securities, and Bahamas Cable Co.
  2 Cable Divestment: American Securities
  3 Cable Divestment: American Securities
  4 Cable Divestment: Ocean Telegraph Co., Nova Scotia Telegraph Co., Havana District Telegraph Co., and British Western Union, Ltd.
    Subseries 10: Miscellaneous, 1770-1953, 1971(not inclusive)
817 1 Postal-Telegraph documentation, 1837
  2 Postal-Telegraph documentation, 1884-1918
  3 Committee on Post Offices and Roads, 1884; 1923
  4 Mercantile Trust Company, 1888; 1906
  5 Telegraph Companies of Western Union, 1914
  6 Equitable Trust Company, 1923
  7 Release from Director General of Railroads, 1929
  8 Vault securities list, 1953
  9 Miscellaneous, 1884; 1945
  10 Contracts and agreements, 1866
  11 Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1966-1971
  12 Telegraph Realty Company, 1921-1948
O/S Fldr. 12   Oversize materials, mostly indentures for the Varick Family, 1770-1896

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