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Samuel F. B. Morse's colored sketch of railway telegraph, ca. 1838

[Detail] Samuel F. B. Morse's colored sketch of railway telegraph, ca. 1838.

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Samuel F.B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919 documents the life and work of the inventor of the electromagnetic telegraph and his participation in the development of telegraph systems throughout the world. A talented artist, this collection also includes many of Morse's drawings and designs as well as his photographs. Also included are writings relating to Morse's family, religion and the nativist movement.

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  • The New Nation, 1780-1815
  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

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