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Collection Scope and Content Note

Telegraph material includes printed brochures, historical writings, articles of association and agreement, reports, receipts for telegraph stock, proceedings of boards of directors for various telegraph companies, by-laws and incorporation papers, copies of the American Telegraph Magazine and Schaffner's Telegraph Companion, notices, scientific articles, legal briefs and comment on suits, charts of tariffs and charges, financial papers and other printed pieces. Stock subscriptions for the Ithaca and Palmyra Telegraph (1849) bear Ezra Cornell's annotations and lists of subscribers. In addition to the Western Union Telegraph Company, other organizations include the Erie & Michigan Telegraph Company, the Washington and New Orleans Telegraph Company, the New York and Erie Telegraph Company, the Franco-American Telegraph, the Atlantic Telegraph, International Ocean Telegraph Company, the East India Telegraph Company, the Russian American Telegraph - Western Union Extension, and several other domestic lines and companies.

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