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A telegraph book from 1910 found within the fonds


Record No: mha00000432
Title: Western Union Telegraph Company (Heart's Content, Newfoundland) fonds
Dates: 1874-1930
Location: Bank 12, shelf 6
Creator: Western Union Telegraph Company (Heart's Content, Nfld.)
Extent: 45 cm of textual records
Organization: Organized in three series by subject: Engineers reports, 1874-1926; General reports, 1910-1930; Diaries and logbooks, 1866-1926.
Source of Supplied Title: Title is based on the contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The Western Union Telegraph Company was responsible for the operation of the Heart's Content Cable Station from 1899 to 1965, having acquired all the assets of its predecessor, the Anglo-American Telegraph Company. In 1904, the monopoly of the company expired, but Western Union still maintained the original telegraph systems, including the cable station at Heart's Content. The company remained in control of the station until 1965, when it closed its Newfoundland operation.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of a small part of the records relating to the company's Newfoundland cables, mainly engineers' and other reports, both originals and photocopies.
     Fonds is arranged in three series: Engineers' reports, 1874-1926; General reports, 1910-1930; and Diaries and logbooks, 1866-1926.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright is held by the Maritime History Archive
Custodial History: When the Western Union Telegraph Company closed its operations in Heart's Content, all the records were removed to the headquarters at New York. In the 1980s, Western Union was taken over and the records of the individual cable stations were either claimed or destroyed. Martin Altini, a manager at Western Union, relative of Brian Mallard and former employee at Heart's Content, rescued some material relevant to Newfoundland. He gave it to Brian Mallard, who donated it to the Maritime History Archive
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 73
Subject: Telegraph.
Subject: Cable stations.
Subject: Cable ships.
Subject: Communication.
Subject: Heart's Content (N.L.)
Authors_Corporate Name: Anglo-American Telegraph Company.


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