Western Telegraph Company Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Western Telegraph Company, comprising letter books, 1883-1949; staff lists including European staff books, 1910-1930, and Rio staff list, 1899.

Administrative / Biographical History

This company operated services over most of Latin America, including Brazil. It absorbed a number of smaller companies. In 1929 the Western Telegraph Company and the Eastern Telegraph Company amalgamated to form Cable and Wireless Ltd.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in July 1965.

Other Finding Aids

A list is available on the online catalogue. See also 'A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles', ed Peter Walne (Oxford University Press, London, 1973).

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.