Indiana telegraph and telephone collection
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- 1893-1920, undated
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"Until 1877, all rapid long-distance communication depended upon the telegraph. That year, a rival technology developed that would again change the face of communication -- the telephone. By 1879, patent litigation between Western Union and the infant telephone system was ended in an agreement that largely separated the two services."
The first telephones in Indianapolis were installed in 1877 by Wales and Company, an Indianapolis coal supply firm. Indiana District Telephone Company, the state's first telephone company, was organized in Dec. 1878. It became the Telephone Exchange Company of Indianapolis in 1880. Central Union Telephone Company, Indiana Bell Telephone Company's direct predecessor, was organized i n 1883. At that time, there were three telephone companies serving Indianapolis. Central Union and four other Indiana telephone companies were consolidated into Indiana Bell in 1920.
Bodenhamer, David J., David Gordon, and Robert Graham Barrows, eds. "Ameritech." In Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p. 260-261. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.
"The History of the Electric Telegraph and Telegraphy." Accessed April 4, 2016. http://inventors.about.com/od/tstartinventions/a/telegraph.htm.
0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 small manuscript box)
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