Some telegraph papers

Control of Telegraphs
This paper shows how the legal instruments for the control of electric telegraphs were in place even before a working technology had been developed by Cooke and Wheatstone.

The story of transatlantic Telecommunication
A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the laying of the first transatlantic cable in 1858 held at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester 28th October 2008.

indent Brine and Cooke
Slides from a PowerPoint presentation
which correlates the Cooke drawings in the IET Archives
with Capt. Brine’s historiographical map.
indent Background to 1858 cable
Discusses the pressures, the barriers and the enablers
indent Insights into the landing of the 1858 cable
Liberal use of the drawings of E.W. Cooke from the IET archives
supported by extracts from the diary of John Lecky

James Graves Autobiographies

Three partial autobiographies of James Graves (Superintendent of the Valentia island telegraph cable station from 1866 – 1909) have been transcribed and edited. The First Two Autobiographies cover his early life and career up to his entry into the new technology of telegraphy. His Technical Autobiography goes over some of this ground in greater detail, covers the events leading up to the laying of the first trans-Atlantic cables and describes a station in operation up to about 1884.

Valentia – Heart’s Content relations
This paper uses Newfoundland records as well as private writings to trace the downs and ups in working relations between the staff at the Valentia (Ireland) and Heart’s Content (Newfoundland) terminal stations as they sought to make a business out of the new technology of cable telegraphy.

Valentia Technology
This paper charts the evolution of technology at a telegraph cable station

Direct US Telegraph Company
A summary of the first major competition to the Anglo American Telegraph Co.

Italian Cable History
The Italian trans-Atlantic cable was part of the fascist identity of that country, but its establishment depended on external, mostly British expertise.