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

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Samuel F. B. Morse

The Telegraph

The Atlantic Cable

Other Figures in Telegraph History

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  • Coe, Lewis. The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1993.
  • Kloss, William. Samuel F. B. Morse. New York: H. N. Abrams in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1988.
  • Larkin, Oliver W. Samuel F. B. Morse and American Democratic Art. Boston: Little, Brown, 1954.
  • Mabee, Carleton. The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F. B. Morse. Rev. ed. Fleischmanns, N.Y.: Purple Mountain Press, 2000.
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese. Foreign Conspiracy against the Liberties of the United States: The Numbers of Brutus. 1835. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1977.
  • ---. Imminent Dangers to the Free Institutions of the United States through Foreign Immigration. 1835. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1969.
  • ---. Lectures on the Affinity of Painting with the Other Fine Arts. Ed. Nicolai Cikovsky Jr. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1983.
  • ---. Samuel F. B. Morse: His Letters and Journals. Ed. Edward Lind Morse. New York: Da Capo Press, 1973.
  • Prime, Samuel Irenaeus. The Life of Samuel F. B. Morse. 1875. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1974.
  • Reid, James D. The Telegraph in America: Its Founders, Promoters, and Noted Men. 1879. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1974.
  • Shiers, George, ed. The Electric Telegraph: An Historical Anthology. New York: Arno Press, 1977.
  • Staiti, Paul J. Samuel F. B. Morse. Cambridge Monographs on American Artists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • ---, and Gary A. Reynolds. Samuel F. B. Morse. (Essays.) New York: Grey Art Gallery and Study Center/New York University, 1982.

Children's Books

  • Hays, Wilma Pitchford. Samuel Morse and the Electronic Age. New York: Watts, 1966.
  • ---. Samuel Morse and the Telegraph. Illustrated by Richard Mayhew. New York: F. Watts, 1960.
  • Latham, Jean Lee. Samuel F. B. Morse, Artist-Inventor. Illustrated by Jo Polseno. New York: Chelsea Juniors, 1991.
  • Quackenbush, Robert M. Quick, Annie, Give Me a Catchy Line!: A Story of Samuel F. B. Morse. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1983.
  • Tiner, John Hudson. Samuel F. B. Morse: Artist with a Message. Illustrated by Shirley Young. Milford, Mich.: Mott Media, 1987.

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