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Early telephone service in Kansas collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P951


This collection consists of an appointment letter sent to Prescott Keys of Concord, Massachusetts to serve as agent for all of the State of Kansas, excepting Wyandotte County, for the National Bell Telephone Company, written by Theo N. Vail. Also in the collection is a National Bell Telephone flier describing costs for having a Bell telephone line put in.


  • Creation: 1879


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the National Bell Telephone Company

The National Bell Telephone Company was formed in March 1879 and only existed for a year before becoming the American Bell Telephone Company in March 1880, after merging with the American Speaking Telephone Company. National Bell had been formed when the Bell Telephone Company and the New England Telephone Company, both founded by Alexander Graham Bell's father-in-law Gardiner Green Hubbard and organized in Boston, Massachusetts, merged together. Eventually the American Bell Telephone Company evolved into the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (At&T).


1 folder

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P951

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Sindell & Company, 2004.


Guide to the Early Telephone Service in Kansas Collection
Early telephone service in Kansas collection
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Early telephone service in Kansas collection, RH MS P951, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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