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Western Union Telegraph Company (Heart's Content, Newfoundland) fonds
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- Textual record
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- Variations in title: Western Union Telegraph Company Collection
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- Western Union Telegraph Company (Heart's Content, N.L.)
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45 cm of textual records
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The Western Union Telegraph Company was responsible for the operation of the Heart's Content Cable Station from 1899 to 1965, having acquired all the assets of its predecessor, the Anglo-American Telegraph Company. In 1904, the monopoly of the company expired, but Western Union still maintained the original telegraph systems, including the cable station at Heart's Content. The company remained in control of the station until 1965, when it closed its Newfoundland operation.
When the Western Union Telegraph Company closed its operations in Heart's Content, all the records were removed to the headquarters at New York. In the 1980s, Western Union was taken over and the records of the individual cable stations were either claimed or destroyed. Martin Altini, a manager at Western Union, relative of Brian Mallard and former employee at Heart's Content, rescued some material relevant to Newfoundland. He gave it to Brian Mallard, who donated it to the Maritime History Archive.
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Fonds consists of a small part of the records relating to the company's Newfoundland cables, mainly engineers' and other reports, both originals and photocopies.
Fonds is arranged in three series: Engineers' reports, 1874-1926; General reports, 1910-1930; and Diaries and logbooks, 1866-1926.
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Acquired from Martin Altini, a manager at Western Union, via Brian Mallard.
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There are no restrictions on access to the material.
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Copyright is held by the Maritime History Archive.
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Created - May 16, 2013
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