Bulkley, Western Union Telegraph Expedition,1865-1867

Scope and Content

  • MS 902/3/2/1-17;D Letters and telegrams (17) to Spencer Fullerton Baird, 1864-1867 [Regarding the expedition, 1865-1868] 13 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 902/3/3/1-2;D Instructions, 1865 [To Robert Kennicott] 4 leaves, copies

Administrative / Biographical History

The Western Union Telegraph Expedition, 1865-1867 (general leader Charles Bulkley) aimed survey a route for, and to construct, a telegraph line between the United States and Europe by way of British and Russian America, Bering Strait, and Siberia. The scientific and geographical results of the expedition, especially in Alaska, were of great value.



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Related Material

The Institute holds several archival collections containing material relating to the Western Union Telegraph Expedition, 1865-1867 and its personnel, See SPRI collections GB 15 Robert Kennicott, GB 15 William Bannister, GB 15 William Dall, GB 15 Henry Elliott, GB 15 Joseph Rothrock.

Location of Originals

Natural History Library, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (1982)