The Samuel F. B. Morse Papers


"The online presentation of The Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of
Congress comprises about 6,500 items, or approximately 50,000 images, that
document Morse’s invention of the electromagnetic telegraph, his participation
in the development of telegraph systems in the United States and abroad, his
career as a painter, his family life, his travels, and his interest in early
photography, religion, and the nativist movement. Included in the collection are
correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, printed matter, maps,
drawings, and other miscellaneous materials. The papers included date from 1793
to 1919, but most are from 1807 to 1872. The collection includes the original
paper tape containing the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?,"
sent on May 24, 1844…"


Thansk to Doug O’Brien
(Bryan, TX USA)

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