• Impact of the Telegraph --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Impact of the Telegraph -- Samuel F. B...

    The significance of the telegraph was something Morse foresaw, and he knew how the technology would have to be handled to prevent misuse. He also earned great accolades from around the world for his invention.

  • Art and Travel --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Art and Travel -- Samuel F. B. Morse P...

    These items highlight Morse's love of art, which motivated him to travel to Europe, where he became inspired to invent the electromagnetic telegraph.

  • Childhood and Family Life --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Childhood and Family Life -- Samuel F....

    Journal entries and letters from Morse reveals a childhood full of curiousty for academia, as well as an era in early America plagued by high mortality rates.

  • 1840-1872 --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    1840-1872 -- Samuel F. B. Morse Papers...

    From the grant of his patent for the telegraph in 1840 to his death in 1872.

  • 1791-1839 --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    1791-1839 -- Samuel F. B. Morse Papers...

    From his birth in 1791 to when he meets Louis Daguerre in Paris in 1839.

  • Daguerreotype --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Daguerreotype -- Samuel F. B. Morse Pa...

    Morse was an early adopter of Louis Daguerre's photographic method and went on to teach this technique to the famous portrait photographer Mathew Brady.

  • Invention of the Telegraph --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Invention of the Telegraph -- Samuel F...

    Long before Samuel F. B. Morse electrically transmitted his famous message 'What hath God wrought?' from Washington to Baltimore on May 24, 1844, there were signaling systems that enabled people to communicate over distances.

  • About this Collection --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    About this Collection -- Samuel F. B. ...

    Approximately 6,500 items from the Samuel F. B. Morse Papers in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress have been digitized, including correspondence, diaries, printed matter, maps, drawings and miscellany. These 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 ...

    • Date: 1793
  • Invention of the Telegraph --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Invention of the Telegraph -- Samuel F...

    Morse needed technical and financial assistance in the beginning, and was also able to get funding from the U.S. government. These items also detail how he came up with the Morse Code and the simplification of the telegraph to use acoustic signals instead of paper printed codes.

  • Timeline --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Timeline -- Samuel F. B. Morse Papers ...

    Samuel F. B. Morse's life and career are carefully showcased in this special presentation timeline.

    • Date: 1791
  • Artist, Politician, Photographer --                        Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919

    Artist, Politician, Photographer -- Sa...

    Long before his interest turned to telegraphy, Samuel Finley Breese Morse intended to be an artist but an idea and opportunity forever changed the course of his journey.