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Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S477
Identifier: S0477

Scope and Contents

This collection includes stock certificates and legal documents from the Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company, operating in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and private individuals ranging from 1851 to 1856, regarding financial and legal matters.


  • 1851-1856

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note/Historical Note/Administrative History

The Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana Telegraph Company was organized in 1848. It was to run east from Michigan City, Indiana to Dayton or Cincinnati, Ohio and west from Michigan City (via Chicago, Illinois or Milwaukie, Illinois) to St. Louis, Illinois. Shares were still being sold in 1852.

Many mergers of telegraph companies took place in the period of 1857-1870. This company probably was one of them and was very likely absorbed into the Western Union Telegraph Company.

Information found within the collection.

"Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Telegraph Company". Indianapolis (IN) State Sentinel 9 Mar. 1848. Retrieved 2014/12/23.

History of the Telegraph. History Wired (Smithsonian Institution). Retrieved 2014/12/24.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary A. Folsom during April 1940.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/23 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/23 by Edythe Huffman.
Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Telegraph Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.