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.
These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Collection Highlights
- Morse Family Tree
- Invention of the Telegraph
- The Lesser-Known Morse: Artist, Politician, Photographer
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- The New Nation, 1780-1815
- Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
- The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
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- Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers
- America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views
- Inventing Entertainment: The Edison Companies
- Words and Deeds in American History
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