Resource The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers

United States
19th century
20th century, early
Bell Telephone Laboratories
Bell and Alexander Graham (1847-1922)
Collected correspondence
Communication and computer technology
Telegraphs; telephones
Alternative Names
  • 20239 (WHSO Record Number)


"The online version of the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress comprises a selection of 4,695 items (totaling about 51,500 images). This presentation contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone and his involvement in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest in the education of the deaf, and his aeronautical and other scientific research. Dates span from 1862 to 1939, but the bulk of the materials are from 1865 to 1920. Included among Bell's papers are pages from his experimental notebook from March 10, 1876, describing the first successful experiment with the telephone, during which he spoke through the instrument to his assistant the famous words, "Mr. Watson--Come here--I want to see you." Bell's various roles in life as teacher, inventor, celebrity, and family man are covered extensively in his papers. The digitization of this selection of the Bell Family Papers is made possible through the generous support of the AT&T Foundation." [Description taken from site]

The papers have all been digitized and are searchable.

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WHSO Record Created By: Margaret Gaida