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    Anglo-American Telegraph Company Records, 1862-1947.
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    Anglo-American Telegraph Company, Ltd. (author).
    Anglo-American Telegraph Company Records, 1862-1947.
    Phy. Description: 
    14 cubic feet, 51 volumes (44 boxes).
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    The Anglo-American Telegraph Company was organized in 1865 as a joint British-American venture to lay an Atlantic telegraph cable. After three failed attempts by other telegraph companies, Anglo-American Telegraph Company successfully laid and operated the first trans-Atlantic cable in 1866. The company operated cables until 1912, when they were leased to Western Union.
    Scope and Content: 
    Records relating to the organization of the company, corporate and financial records. Corporate records include two volumes of the company's acts, charters, contracts and agreements, 1862-1883; minutes of board meetings relating to varied subjects, such as agreements between the company and other telegraph companies such as Western Union Telegraph concerning sales of property, details of trnsactions or purchases undertaken by the company. Financial records consist of nine volumes of "journals" showing monthly records of receipts, 1866-1912; nineteen volumes of ledgers reveal a detailed financial status of the company, 1866-1912; and nine volumes of cash books consist of the financial transactions of the company, 1904-early 1941. See also 1 folder of the Anglo-American Telegraph Company telegrams in the Warshaw Collection under the heading "Telegraphs".
    Divided into 5 series: (1) Corporate Records, 1862-1947; (2) Journals, 1866-1912; (3) Ledgers, 1866-1912; (4) Cash Books, 1904-1941; (5) Miscellaneous Records, 1866-1880. Arranged chronologically within each series.
    Transferred from the Division of Electricity, 1983/11/11.
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    Anglo-American Telegraph Company Records, 1862-1947, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
    Atlantic telegraph cable
    Submarine telegraphy
    Telegraph, Wireless
    Western Union Telegraph Company
    Form / Genre: 
    Minute books
    Journals -- 1860-1920
    Cashbooks -- 1900-1950
    Ledgers (account books) -- 1860-1920
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI (collector).
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