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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 22: TELEGRAMS, 1852-1960s

Box Folder Description
684 1 Subseries 1: Western Union Cable/Telegraph system background, n.d.
    Subseries 2: Western Union Telegram Books (blank forms), n.d.
  2 Order Blank book, 1870s
685 1-3 Feature blanks--All Services (bound)
684 3 Record of telegram booklets
  4 Obsolete forms, 1900s
  5-13 General/Generic forms
    Subseries 3: Western Union Telegrams--Specialty, n.d.
685 4 Airline Courtesy
  5 Airlines
  6 Airline Passenger's
  7 Air Traveler's
686 1-5 All Occasions
  6 Anniversary
  7 Armed Forces
687 1 Birthday Greetings
  2 Bon Voyage
  3 Boy Scouts of America
  4 Bunnygram (See Easter)
  5 Cablegram
  6 Cablegrama
  7 Cablegrams & Envelopes
  8 Cable Message
688   Candygram Box
689 1 Collect Cards/Tourate Cards
  2 Congratulations
  3 Day Letter
  4 Deliquent Accounts
  5 Easter (See Bunnygram)
  6 Facsimile (Carbon)
  7 Facsimile & Telephotograph
  8 Father's Day
690 1 Florist
  2 General Electric
  3 Gift/Money Order (See Money Order Forms/Shopping Order Forms)
  4 Half Rate Messages
  5-6 Holiday (Christmas)
  7 Jewish New Year
  8 Kiddiegram
  9 London
691 1 Mailgram and Melody Gram
  2 Messenger Service
  3 Mexico
  4 Money Order Forms/Shopping Order Forms
  5 Montreal, Canada
  6 Mother's Day
692 1 Mother's Day
  2 Newfoundland, Canada
693 1 New Year's Greeting
  2-3 Night Message/Night Letter
  4 Paramount Silver Jubilee
  5 Pep Telegrams
  6 Photograms and Telephotographs
  7 Political Conventions
  8 Press
  9 Press Message
  10 Reservation Service (Motel and Hotel)
  11 RUSH
  12 Santagram
  13 Shopping Order
  14 Singogram
  15 Social Message
  16 Souvenir/Tourate
694 1 Sounvenir/Facsimile
  2 Spirit of St. Louis
  3 Storkgram
  4 St. Patrick's Day
  5 St. Pierre & Miquelon, Newfoundland, Canada
  6 Telefax
  7-8 Thanksgiving
  9 Thank You's
  10 United Nations Conference
  11 Valentine Greeting
695 1 Valentine Greeting
    Subseries 4: Western Union Miscellaneous Telegrams, 1870-1960s
  2-4 Miscellaneous, 1870-1910
696 1 Miscellaneous-Sent, 1857-1880
  2 Miscellaneous-Sent, 1882-1912
  3 Miscellaneous-Sent, 1921-1954
  4-5 Miscellaneous-Blank Forms, 1928-1941
  6 Miscellaneous, 1960s
O/S Fldr. 14   Text (copy) of telegram message about execution of John Copeland, accomplice of John Brown, 1859
O/S Fldr. 18   Photograph of the original message “What Hath God Wrought,” 24 May 1844
    Subseries 5: Western Union Delivery & Message Envelopes, 1865-1941
697 1-22 1865-1941
698 1 Miscellaneous, n.d.
  2 Subseries 6: Western Union Wired Telegrams and Envelopes, 1857-1954
  3-5 Subseries 7: Western Union Adverstisements for Telegram Services, 1872-1942
701 1 Franks and Advertising Stamps, ca. 1907-1909
  1A Franks and Advertising Stamps, ca. 1940s
703   Franks and Stamps, Vol. 1, 1872-1942 and Vol. 2, 1912-1947
704   Franks and Stamps, Vol. 3, 1881-1941
    Subseries 8: Telegram Scrapbooks, 1846-1940
699 1-33 Telegram Message Blanks and Envelopes Scrapbook (original)
705 1 Telegram Message Blanks and Envelopes Scrapbook (reference)
700 1-27 Telegram Collection Scrapbook, 1850s-1940 (original)
705 2 Telegram Collection Scrapbook, 1850s-1940 (reference)
705A 1 Telegram Scrapbook, 1849-188?
  2 Telegram Scrapbook, 1849-1892
  3 Telegram Scrapbook, circa 1935 (blank examples of international telegrams)
  4 Telegram Scrapbook, 1849-1925
  5 Telegram Scrapbook, 1846-1927 (not inclusive)
706   Facsimile Service Scrapbook, n.d.
701 2 Subseries 9: Commercial Cable Company, n.d.
  3 Subseries 10: Commercial Pacific Cable Company, n.d.
  4 Subseries 11: Morse American Telegraph Company, 1853
    Subseries 12: Postal Telegraph, 1889, 1930s-1942
  5 Booklets of Blanks, 1930s-1942
  6-9 Telegram blanks by specialty
702 1 Telegram blanks by speciality
  2 Italo-American-Blank
  3 Delivery and Message Envelopes
  4 Telegrams-Sent, 1889;1930s
  5 Advertsising Material, Samples of Blank Telegrams
    Subseries 13: Other telegram companies, 1852-1938
  6 Telegrams wired by various companies, 1852-1889
707   Telegram scrapbook, 1858-1938
    Subseries 14: International Telegrams, n.d.
708 1 Argentina
  2 Austria
  3 Bahamas
  4 Belgium
  5 Brazil
  6 Canada/England
  7 Columbia/Honduras
  8 Cuba
  9 Holland
  10 Finland/Norway/Denmark
  11 France
709 1 Germany
  2 Greece
  3 Guatemala/Peru
  4 India
  5 Japan
  6 Federated Malay States
  7 Netherlands
  8 New Zealand
  9 Nicarugua
  10 South Africa
  11 Spain
  112 Switzerland
710 1 Australia
  2 Ceylon
  3 Costa Rica
  4 Czechoslovakia/Hungry
  5 Ireland/Egypt
  6 Portugal
  7 South Africa
  8 Uruguay

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