Guide to the Western Union Telegram Blanks, undated

Summary Information

Title: Western Union Telegram Blanks, undated
Collection: AC.666
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of eight unused telegrams used by Western Union.

Creator: Western Union Telegraph Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

Western Union formed in April 1856 as a telegraph company. Several telegraph companies were founded in 1851 and combined to become Western Union. Western Union built its first transcontinental telegraph line in 1861. Telegrams reached their peak popularity in the 1920s and 1930s when it was cheaper to send a telegram than to place a long-distance telephone call. Western Union discontinued its telegraph service in 2006.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eight Western Union Telegram Blanks, yellowed with age, unused.


No formal arrangement in this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2009. The original number purchased was 200 plus, and most discarded. Accession number AC.2009.041

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, June 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.666: Western Union Telegram Blanks, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Container List

Telegram blanks, undated ACSC_Box 21, Folder 14