File 2000.23.1.027 - Collins Overland Telegraph

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Collins Overland Telegraph

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  • 1974-1982 (Creation)

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  • 2 cm of textual records
  • 2 photographs (1 print : b&w ; 4.6 x 7.3 cm - 1 negative : b&w negatives ; 35 mm)

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(10 August 1925 - 12 February 2013)

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File consists of collected research materials regarding Perry McDonough Collins and the Collins Overland Telegraph. Collins was the visionary behind the Russian-American Telegraph of 1865-1867. The failed venture aimed to connect America to Europe by telegraph via the Bering Strait. Materials include newspaper clippings, a book, as well as reproductions of articles, correspondence, and archival material. Highlights include:

  • D.A. McGregor, "Through B.C. to Bering Sea-A Dream that Failed" from The Province, 1953 (article reproduction)
  • John B. Daniell, "The Collins Overland Telegraph" from the Northwest Digest, 1960 (article reproduction)
  • Illustration from Provincial Archives of British Columbia, "Williams Creek from the canyon To middle town (Barkerville)" from a painting by Frederick Whymper, [186?] (print photograph reproduction)
  • Reproduction of Corday MacKay, "The Collins Overland Telegraph", 1866 (article reproduction)
  • Hon. Homer D. Angell, "Congressional Record: Proceeding and Debates of the 78th Congress, First Session", 1943 (reproduction)
  • Article entitled "Collin's Overland Telegraph" by Kathleen Fitzgerald in "The History of the Canadian West" collector's no. 1, 1982 (magazine issue)
  • Willard E. Ireland, "The Collins Overland Telegraph", 1866 (article reproduction)

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  • English

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    No restrictions.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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    Part of the Audrey Smedley L'Heureux fonds

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