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Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. Telegraphy Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Spec-Coll-00092

Overview

This collection consists primarily of manuscript material, print items, photographs and artifacts related to the history of telegraphy. Of note are a large sample of individual telegraphs, photographs of telegraphers and their equipment, catalogs and instruction pamphlets and artifacts such as telegraphers identification buttons and pins, transmitters, commemorative and promotional mementos and toys.

Dates

  • 1796-1996

Biographical / Historical

Cleveland-based entrenpreneur, inventor, collector and philanthropist, Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. was executive vice president of Preformed Line Products Company as well as founder of Motion Picture Sound, Incorporated, which provided audio services for the film industry. Peterson filed for his first patent for a perpetual calendar at 13 and continued to patent inventions and publish in peer-reviewed journals for decades. His collection of material related to telegraphy was donated to Case Western Reserve University in 2017.

Extent

11.3 Linear Feet (16 containers)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by format and, thereinunder, chronologically.
Title
Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. Telegraphy Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections staff
Date
2020-01-20
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
english

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States
216.368.0189