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U.S. Russian-American Telegraph Expedition collection

Identifier: COU:4368

Scope and Contents

The U.S. Russian-American Telegraph Expedition Collection contains reports, a map of Russian America Territory, correspondents and manuscript reports, ranging from 1865-1867.


  • 1865 - 1867

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical / Historical

The U.S. Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, also known as the Western Union Telegraph Expedition and the Collins Overland Telegraph, began by the Western Union Telegraph Company and was in service from 1865 to 1867. Their main mission was to lay electric telegraph line from San Francisco, California to Moscow, Russia, following the Washington Territory, under the Bering Sea and across Siberia to Moscow, in order to communicate with the rest of Europe. In 1867, the mission was ended, and was considered a failure; however, it is now considered a successful failure, as it allowed many to explore regions that were unknown at that time.


1 linear feet (1 Document Box)

Language of Materials



The U.S. Russian-American Telegraph Expedition Collection contains reports, 1865-1867, and a map of Russian America or Alaska Territory, 1867, Charles S. Buckley, Engineer in chief, and a positive photocopy of manuscript reports.


This collection is arranged in its original order in one document box.

Custodial History

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Edited Finding Aid by Katelyn Morken, August 2018.
August 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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