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

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

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

    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
  • 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.

  • 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.