Sketch of Circuits Using One Battery

ID: SIA2011-0830

Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese 1791-1872

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 15, 1844

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7055, Box 5, Folder: 6

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Summary

Alfred Vail's sketch is a diagram of one of his experiments. This diagram shows Vail's attempt to connect multiple circuits with one battery and one wire. At the bottom of the letter Samuel Morse has written: "This is Mr. Vail's arrangement. August 16th 1844."

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Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • Alfred Vail was a key partner to American inventor Samuel Morse and is credited with designing the machine and alpha code used in the creation of the electromagnetic telegraph.
  • For other materials relevant to Vail's work, see Negative Numbers SIA2011-0824 to SIA2011-0829. For letters between Vail, Morse, and first Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry, see Negative Numbers SIA2011-0814 to SIA2011-0823.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7055, Box 5, Folder: 6

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

April 15, 1844

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Topic

  • Electric apparatus and appliances
  • Telegraph
  • Inventions
  • Science
  • Telecommunication
  • Notebooks
  • Electromagnets
  • History
  • Experiments
  • Science--Experiments
  • Electromagnetic telegraph
  • Electromagnetism
  • Science--History

Place

United States

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2011-0830

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 4.25h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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