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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 18: EMPLOYEE/PERSONNEL RECORDS, 1852-1985

Box Folder Description
    Subseries 1: Western Union Employee History, 1910-1932
564 1 Employees History, 1910
  2 Flow chart, 1924
  3 Roaming the Western Union, 1932
  4 Subseries 2: Employee Membership Cards & Passes, 1885-1940
    Subseries 3: Employee Handbooks, 1912-1971
  5 Booklets, n.d.
  6 Benefits Plan Booklets, 1912
  7 Benefits Plan Booklets, 1913-1914; 1929
  8 Benefits Plan Booklets, 1954-1956
  9 Benefits Plan Booklets, 1967-1968
  10 Benefits Plan Booklets, 1971
  11 Rules for Instructions for Information and Guidelines of the Employees of Western Union, 1870
  12 Report of Women's League of Western Union, 1918-1919
  13 Plan for Employees Pensions, Disability Benefits and Death benefits, 1916; 1929
  14 Death Benefit Plan, 1930
  15 Articles of agreement between Western Union International, Inc., and American Comm. Association covering Canadian-St. Pierre Cable Stations, 1964-1965
565 1 Western Union Training Program, 1944
  2 Western Union Employees Income Participation Plan, n.d.
  3 Telephone Directory for 60 Hudson Street, 1932
    Subseries 4: Employee Stock Subscription, 1914-1928
  4 Correspondence, 1914; 1927-1928
  5 Subscription Plans, 1926
  6 Subscription Plans, 1928
    Subseries 5: Employee Wage Cards, 1914-1922
566   European Side (Liverpool; Paris; Valentia; Penzance Training School; Assistant General Management Office; Havre; London; Glasgow; Ballinskelligs) (PDF for box 566-567)
567   European Side (Valentia; Paris, St. Pierre; Duxbury; Heart's Content; New York; Hammels; Canso; Miami; North Sydney; Bay Roberts) (PDF for box 566-567)
568   Cable Office Error Records
569   European Side (Assistant General Management office-London; Glasgow; Havre; London Training School; London Western Union House) (PDF for box 569)
570  

European Live (Liverpool; Manchester; Paris) (PDF for box 570)

571   Old Dead File/Out of Service (New York; Hammels; Duxbury; Rye Beach; Halifax; North Sydney; Bay Robert; Heart's Content; St. Pierre; Hammels-employees out) (PDF for box 571)
572   Live Files (Valentia; St. Pierre; Miami) (PDF for box 572)
573   Live Files (Ballinskelligs; Havre; Liverpool; London Training School; London Western Union House; Manchester, Paris, Penzance; Valentia) (PDF for box 573)
574   European Side/London dead file (Assistant General Management Office Traffic Office; Ballinskelligs; Glasgow; Havre; London Training School; London Western Union House; Penzance(PDF for box 574)
575   Dead files for London, Penzance and Valentia (PDF for box 575)
576   North American Side live files (PDF for box 576)
577   Heart's Content (PDF for box 577)
    Subseries 6: Minutes of Employees' Benefits Fund Committee, 1912-1949
578   Vol. A: December 1912-May 1914
    Vol. B: June 1914-December 1915
579   Vol. C: December 1915-January 1917
    Vol. D: January 1917-March 1918
580   Vol. E: April 1918-April 1919
    Vol. F: May 1919-June 1920
581   Vol. M: June 1925-March 1926
    Vol. N: Mar. 1926-December 1926
582   Vol. O: January-October 1927
    Vol. P: October 1927-May 1928
583   Vol. Q: May-December 1928
    Vol. R: January 1929-June 1929
584   Vol. S: July 1929-November 1929
    Vol. T: December 1929-May 1930
585   Vol. U: June 1930-December 1930
    Vol. V: January 1931-June 1931
586   Vol. W: July 1931-December 1931
    Vol. X: January 1932-June 1932
587   Vol. Y: July 1932-December 1932
    Vol. Z: January 1933-June 1933
588   Vol. AA: July 1933-December 1933
    Vol. BB: January 1934-June 1934
589   Vol. CC: July 1934-December 1934
    Vol. DD: January 1935-June 1935
590   Vol. EE: July 1935-December 1935
    Vol. FF: January 1936-June 1936
591   Vol. GG: July-December 1936
    Vol. OO: Apr. 1942-Dec. 1943
592   Vol. PP: Jan.-Dec. 1944
    Vol. QQ: Jan.-Dec. 1945
593   Vol. RR: Jan.-Dec. 1946
    Vol. SS: Jan.-Dec. 1947
594   Vol. TT: Jan.-Dec. 1948
    Vol. UU: Jan.-Dec. 1949
    Subseries 7: Job Classification, Contracts & Agreements, 1941-1973
595 1 "Understanding" between Robert Elles and Western Union, 1941
  2 "As A Career Western Union Service" pamphlet, n.d.
  3 Supervisory Conference Programs, 1943 ( or employees created by Industrial Relations Board)
  4 Management Orientation Booklet, 1958
  4A Collective Bargaining Agreement, 1946
  5 Job Classification & Contracts, 1966
  5A Contract, 1968
595A 1 Job Classification & Contracts, 1971
  2 Job Classification & Contracts, 1973
  3 Job Classification & Contracts, 1978
  4 Job Classification & Contracts, 1979
  5 Job Classification & Contracts, 1982
  6 Contract, 1985
    Subseries 8: American School of Correspondence, 1911-1921
600 1 Alternating Current Machinery, 1917
  2 Automatic and Printing Telegraph Systems, Pts. 1-2, 1918
  3 Automatic and Printing Telegraph Systems, Pts. 3-4, 1918
  4 Automatic and Printing Telegraph Systems, Pts. 4-5, 1919
  5 Banking and Banking Laws, 1912
  6 Bills, Notes, and Checks, 1920
  7 Chemistry of Combustion, 1920
  8 Direct Current Dynamos, Pt. 1, 1917
  9 Direct Current Motors, 1915
  10 District Telegraph and Time Service, 1917
  11 Duplex and Quadraplex Telegraphy, 1917
601 1 Elements of Alternating Currents, 1914
  2 Elements of Electricity and Magnetism, Pts. 1-2, 1917
  3 Elements of Electricity and Magnetism, Pts. 3, 1917
  4 Elements of Outside Plant Construction, 1919
  5 Laws of Agency, Pts. 1-2, 1917
  6 Laws of Contract, Pts. 1-2, 1917
  7 Management of Dynamo Electric Machinery, Pts. 1-2, 1914
  8 Mechanical Conveyors and Pneumatic Tubes, 1918
  9 Mechanical Drawing, Pts. 1-2, 1913; 1916
  10 Mechanical Drawing, Pt. 3, 1920
  11 Mechanism, 1908
602 1 Outside Plant Construction, Pts. 1-2, 1918
  2 Outside Plant Construction, Pts. 3-4, 1918-1919
  3 Questions in Locational Geography, 1919
  4 Questions on Western Union Book of Rules and Tariffs, 1917
  5 Storage Batteries, Pts. 1-2, 1920
  6 Strength of materials, Pt. 1, 1912
  7 Submarine Telegraphy, Pts. 1-2, 1920
  8 Telegraph Office Bookkeeping Practice, 1920
  9 Telegraph Power Plants, 1917
  10 Telegraph Repeaters, 1918
  11 Telegraph Switchboards, 1918
603 1 Telephony, Pt. 1, 1911
  2 Telephony, Pt. 2, 1911
  3 Telephony, Pt. 12, 1912
  4 Telephony, Pt. 13, 1912
  5 Telephony, Pt. 14, 1912
  6 Theory of Accounts, Pt. 1, 1912
  7 Types of Generators and Motors, 1914
  8 Underwriters Requirements, Pts. 1-2, 1915
  8A Wire and Cable Testing, 1918
  9 Wireless Cable Testing, 1918
  10 Wireless Telegraphy, 1912
  11 Wire Testing, 1912
    Subseries 9: Service Records, 1883-1931
595A 7 Personnel Rosters/service records, 1907-1931
596   Obsolete records for C.S. Clowry; C.S. Minia; C.S. Lord Kelvin; C.S. Venosta
    Personnel rosters, 1883-1931 (not inclusive)
597   Personnel rosters, Vol. 1, 1883-1888
    Personnel rosters, Vol. 2, 1888-1892
598   Personnel rosters, Vol. 3, 1892-1898
    Personnel rosters, Vol. 4, 1902-1909
599 1 Subseries 10: Employee Awards, Citations and Commendations, 1915-1945
    Subseries 11: Employee Signatures, Autographs, and Reminiscences, 1871-1898; 1909-1945 (includes clippings and obituaries)
  2-3 Signatures and Autographs, 1871-1898; 1909-1949 (includes clippings and obituaries)
    Employee Reminiscences, 1930s-1940s
604 8 Barbour, J.M., 1940
  9 Burnheimer, June V. (messenger girl), 1937
  10 J.G.D., 1940
  11 Decatur, James G., 1940
  12 Drake, W.F. (manager), 1940
  13 Lukens, W.E., 1940
  14 May, A.H. (district superintendent), 1940
  15 Mifka, J.E.
Meyers, C.E.
McCormick, William C.
Taylor, O.C.
Wilson, W.H.
  16 Mooney, Ralph E., 1955
  17 Pennoyer, Shledon, 1938
  18 [Schwandt, W.F.?], 1940
  19 Sellsted, O. (chief operator), 1940
  20 Steinel, C.J.
  21 Vincent, Clarence , 1940
  22 Wray, John (night traffic manager), 1940
    Subseries 12: Telegraph Associations, 1852-1929
    Old Time Telegraphers and Historical Association, 1911-1929
599 4 1911; 1920
  5 1922; 1924-1925
  6 1926-1929
  7 New York and Boston Telegraph Association, 1852; 1913
    North American Telegraph Association, 1858-1880
604 1 Minutes, 1858-1863
  2 Notes, July 1880 (accompany minute book)
  3 Proceedings, 1861
  4 Annual Meeting reports, 1860; 1862-1863
  5 Decisions by English, French and American Courts Upon Questions Affecting Telegraph Communication, 1862.
  6 Telegraphers Mutual Benefit Association, 1872-1880
  7 Telegraph and Telephone Life Insurance Association, 1914; 1923; 1926
812   Telegraph Centennial Scrapbook, vol. 1, 1844-1944
813   Telegraph Centennial Scrapbook, vol. 2, 1844-1944
O/S Fldr. 18   When Old Time Telegraphers Invite Their Wives and Sweethearts to Dinner in New York (newspaper clipping), The World, 2 September 1905

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