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Samuel Finley Breese Morse papers

LC control 75033670
Type of materialArchival Manuscript/Mixed Formats (Collection)
Personal nameMorse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.  » More like this
Main titleSamuel Finley Breese Morse papers, 1793-1944 (bulk 1807-1872).
Related namesClausing, Ludwig, 1809?-1834. Ludwig Clausing papers.  » More like this
Related titlesSamuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919.
Description10,060 items.
72 containers plus 3 oversize.
36 microfilm reels.
18.4 linear feet.
Access advisoryOpen to research.
Restrictions may apply to unprocessed material.
Biography/History noteArtist and inventor.
SummaryFamily and general correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, clippings, newspapers, printed matter, maps, drawings, photographs, and other papers. Includes letters from Morse to his family describing his studies in England during the War of 1812 and his subsequent struggle to support himself as a portrait painter in the United States and commenting on American, British, and European art; correspondence and other papers relating to his invention of the telegraph, law suits over patents, and his dispute with Joseph Henry who also claimed to have invented the telegraph; diaries (chiefly 1829-1831) recording his travels in Italy and elsewhere in Europe and his observations on art and architecture; and papers of Ludwig Clausing (also known as Lewis or Louis), a German immigrant to the United States whom Morse befriended. Other topics include abolitionism, Anti-Catholicism, the nativist movement, and the science of photography.
Correspondents include Louis Agassiz, Washington Allston, J. G. Chapman, DeWitt Clinton, Thomas Cole, John S. Cogdell, James Fenimore Cooper, Ezra Cornell, Louis Daguerre, Jeremiah Evarts, Cyrus Field, Horatio Greenough, Thomas Smith Grimké, Joseph Henry, Amos Kendall, Charles B. King, Marquis de Lafayette, Charles Robert Leslie, Jedidiah Morse, Lucretia Pickering Walker Morse, Sidney E. Morse, Richard Rush, William H. Seward, Francis O. J. Smith, Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, and William Wilberforce.
NotesSome photographs and silhouettes: transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Telegraph cable: transferred to Smithsonian Institution.
Collection material in English.
Finding aidsFinding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at <>
Acquisition sourceGift, Edward Lind Morse and Leila Livingston Morse, 1916-1944.
Purchase and gift, 1922-1995.
Additional formatsSelected correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, scrapbooks, printed matter, maps, drawings, and other miscellaneous materials also available through the Library of Congress Web site.
Microfilm edition available for general and family correspondence (containers 1-53); letterbooks, diaries, notebooks, and scrapbooks (containers 58-62); and printed material (containers 69-70), no. 16,372.
Microfilm edition of additional family letters (container 75) available, no. 6,295A.
Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1944 and 1975.
SubjectsAgassiz, Louis, 1807-1873--Correspondence.  » More like this
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843--Correspondence.  » More like this
Chapman, J. G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889--Correspondence.  » More like this
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828--Correspondence.  » More like this
Cogdell, John S. (John Stevens), 1778-1847--Correspondence.  » More like this
Cole, Thomas, 1801-1848--Correspondence.  » More like this
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851--Correspondence.  » More like this
Cornell, Ezra, 1807-1874--Correspondence.  » More like this
Daguerre, Louis Jacques Mandé, 1787-1851--Correspondence.  » More like this
Evarts, Jeremiah, 1781-1831--Correspondence.  » More like this
Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892--Correspondence.  » More like this
Greenough, Horatio, 1805-1852--Correspondence.  » More like this
Grimké, Thomas Smith, 1786-1834--Correspondence.  » More like this
Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878--Correspondence.  » More like this
Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869--Correspondence.  » More like this
King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862--Correspondence.  » More like this
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834--Correspondence.  » More like this
Leslie, Charles Robert, 1794-1859--Correspondence.  » More like this
Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826--Correspondence.  » More like this
Morse, Lucretia Pickering Walker, d. 1825--Correspondence.  » More like this
Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1794-1871--Correspondence.  » More like this
Rush, Richard, 1780-1859--Correspondence.  » More like this
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872--Correspondence.  » More like this
Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828--Correspondence.  » More like this
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820--Correspondence.  » More like this
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833--Correspondence.  » More like this
Abolitionists--United States.  » More like this
Anti-Catholicism.  » More like this
Architecture--Europe.  » More like this
Architecture--Italy.  » More like this
Art--Study and teaching--Great Britain--19th century.  » More like this
Art, American.  » More like this
Art, British.  » More like this
Art, Italian.  » More like this
Art, European.  » More like this
Germans--United States.  » More like this
Immigrants--United States.  » More like this
Nativism.  » More like this
Patents law and legislation.  » More like this
Photography.  » More like this
Portrait painting, American--19th century.  » More like this
Slavery--United States.  » More like this
Telegraph--History.  » More like this
Telegraph--Patents.  » More like this
Europe--Description and travel.  » More like this
Great Britain--Description and travel.  » More like this
Italy--Description and travel.  » More like this
United States--History--War of 1812.  » More like this
Local shelving no.0447M
Oversize 0114M
Oversize 1:9
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 22,879)
Small backlog (Unprocessed ac. 23,610)
Microfilm 16,372-35N-35P-35P
Microfilm 6,295A-1N-1P
RepositoryLibrary of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu <>
LinksThe Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress.: <>
Finding aid: <>
Finding aid (PDF): <>