Records created and used by the Anglo-American Telegraph Company

Scope and Content

This collection consists of secretariat records relating to the Anglo-American Telegraph Company.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Anglo-American Telegraph Company Limited operated four transatlantic cables from Ireland and France to Canada and the USA, laid in 1869, 1873, 1874 and 1880. Its managing director was Henry Weaver.

The company entered into a working arrangement with the Direct United States Cable Company Limited and the Compagnie Française du Télégraphe de Paris à New-York but entered into a legal dispute with the latter between 1894 and 1898.


This collection has been arranged by business function.

Access Information

Available for research at BT Archives, see

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred by the Post Office Archives between 1 June 1991 and 30 April 1992.

Other Finding Aids

Full catalogues for BT Archives can be searched at

Archivist's Note

These records were previously catalogued as part of the Post Office collection under the POST 81 class. They have been recatalogued to better reflect the provenance of these records and to aid access to them.