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Sites about the telegraph
Sites about radio
Sites about the telephone
Sites about television
Sites about the internet
Books about the telegraph
Books about radio
Books about the telephone
Books about television
Books about the internet

For online information about telegraph history, try these links:

The History of the Telegraph and Telegraphy (About.com):
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelegraph.htm

Telegraphy, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraphy

History, Theory and Construction of the Electric Telegraph
http://www.chss.montclair.edu/~pererat/pertel.htm

Technical History of the Electromagnetic Telegraph
http://www.du.edu/~jcalvert/tel/morse/morse.htm

History Wired – a Smithsonian Institution online gallery:
http://historywired.si.edu/

"Building Telegraph Networks" a page at the Connected Earth site sponsored by British Telecom:
http://www.connected-earth.com/Galleries/Telecommunicationsage/Thetelegraph/Buildingtelegraphnetworks/index.htm

For online information about telephone history, try these links:

The History of the Telephone (About.com):
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelephone.htm

Telephone, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone

"The Telephone" a page at the Connected Earth site sponsored by British Telecom:
http://www.connected-earth.com/Galleries/Telecommunicationsage/Thetelephone/index.htm

The Telephony Museum website:
http://www.telephonymuseum.com

For online information about radio history, try these links:

The Invention of Radio (About.com)
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blradio.htm

Radio, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio

Radio Pioneers, from the Federal Communications Commission site:
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/radio/

Marconi's biography on the Nobel Prize site – also use a link here to read the speech that introduced his award:
http://nobelprize.org/physics/laureates/1909/marconi-bio.html

"Wireless" a page at the Connected Earth site sponsored by British Telecom:
http://www.connected-earth.com/Galleries/Telecommunicationsage/Awirelessworld/index.htm

United States Early Radio History, a wonderfully detailed site by Thomas H. White:
http://earlyradiohistory.us/

The History of Radio: Radio the Roots of Broadcasting:
http://www.tvhandbook.com/History/History_radio.htm

Old-Time Radio – about programs from radio's "golden age":
http://www.old-time.com/

For online information about television history, try these links:

Television History (About.com):
http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bltelevision.htm

Television, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television

Historical Periods in Television, from the Federal Communications Commission site:
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/tv/

Television History - The First 75 Years
http://www.tvhistory.tv/

The Early Television Museum
http://www.earlytelevision.org/history.html

"The Video Age" a page at the Connected Earth site sponsored by British Telecom:
http://www.connected-earth.com/Galleries/Telecommunicationsage/Thevideoage/index.htm

The History of Television: The Revolution of Television:
http://www.tvhandbook.com/History/History_TV.htm

The History of Digital Television:
http://www.tvhandbook.com/news/history_dtv.htm

For online information about internet history, try these links:

All About the Internet, from the Internet Society:
http://www.isoc.org/internet/history/brief.shtml

W3C's A Little History of the World Wide Web:
http://www.w3.org/History.html

"The Internet: A Short History," from the Federal Communications Commission site:
http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/internet/

The Internet Archive – packed with history:
http://www.archive.org/ - the home page
http://www.archive.org/details/arpanet - a page with links to original ARPANET info.

The Living Internet:
http://www.livinginternet.com/

Internet, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet

The Internet Society list of history links:
http://www.isoc.org/internet/history

Hobbes' Internet Timeline:
http://www.zakon.org/robert/internet/timeline/

The Wired magazine archive:
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/

The Internet History Mailing List:
http://www.postel.org/internet-history/

 

Books offer information-technology history lessons

To read more about the history of the telegraph, see:

Menahem Blondheim, "News Over the Wires" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994).

Charles F. Briggs and Augustus Maverick, "The Story of the Telegraph" (New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1858).

Lewis Coe, "The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States" (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1993).

George P. Oslin, "The Story of Telecommunications," (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1992).

Frank Parsons, "The Telegraph Monopoly" (Philadelphia: C.F. Taylor, 1899).

Victor Rosewater, "History of Cooperative News-Gathering in the United States" (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1930).

Tom Standage, "The Victorian Internet" (New York: Walker & Company, 1998).

Robert Luther Thompson, "Wiring a Continent: The History of the Telegraph Industry in the United States, 1832-1866 (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1947).

Frederick Williams, "The Communications Revolution" (Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1982).

 

To read more about the history of radio, see:

Hugh G. J. Aitken, "Syntony and Spark: The Origins of Radio" (New York: Wiley, 1976).

Hugh G.J. Aitken, "The Continuous Wave: Technology and American Radio, 1900-1932" (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985).

W.J. Baker, "A History of the Marconi Company" (London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1970).

Eric Barnouw, "A Tower in Babel: A History of Broadcasting in the United States to 1933" (New York: Oxford University Press, 1966).

Kenneth Bilby, "The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry" (New York: Harper & Row, 1986).

Susan J. Douglas, "Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922" (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987).

W.P. Jolly, "Marconi" (London: Constable & Company, 1972).

Tom Lewis, "Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio" (New York: HarperCollins, 1991).

Paul Schubert, "The Electric Word" (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1928).

J.C.W. Reith, "Broadcast Over Britain" (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1924).

 

To read more about the history of the telephone, see:

H.M. Boettinger, "The Telephone Book: Bell, Watson, Vail and American Life, 1876-1983" (Stearn, 1983).

Robert V. Bruce, "Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude" (Boston: Little, Brown, 1973).

Lewis Coe, "The Telephone and Its Several Inventors: A History" (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995).

Ithiel de Sola Pool, "Forecasting the Telephone: A Retrospective Technology Assessment of the Telephone" (Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Company, 1983).

Claude S. Fischer, "America Calling" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992).

Edwin S. Grosvenor and Morgan Wesson, "Alexander Graham Bell: The Life and Times of the Man Who Invented the Telephone" (Harry Abrams, 1997).

John E. Kingsbury, "The Telephone and Telephone Exchanges: Their Invention and Development" (Longmans, Green, 1915; reprinted by Arno Press, 1972).

George B. Prescott, "Bell's Electric Speaking Telephone: Its Invention, Construction, Application, Modification and History" (D. Appleton, 1884; reprinted by Arno Press, 1972).

George Shiers, "The Telephone: An Historical Anthology" (Printed in Arno Press, "Historical Studies in Telecommunications," 1977).

 

To read more about the history of television, see:

Albert Abramson, "History of Television, 1880-1941" (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1987).

Erik Barnouw, "Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television" (New York: Oxford, 1990).

R.W. Burns, "John Logie Baird: Television Pioneer" (London: Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2000).

D.G. Fink, "Television Broadcasting in the United States, 1927-1950," Proceedings of the IRE (February 1951), 116-123.

David E. and Marshall J. Fisher, "Tube: The Invention of Television" (Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1996).

Donald Godfrey, "Philo T. Farnsworth: Father of Television" (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2001).

Thomas H. Hutchinson, "Here Is Television: Your Window to the World" (New York: Hastings House, 1946).

Axel G. Jensen, "The Evolution of Modern Television," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (November 1954), 174-188.

George Shiers, "Historical Notes on Television Before 1900," Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (March 1977), 129-137.

Hugh R. Slotten, "Radio and Television Regulation: Broadcast Technology in the United States, 1920-1960" (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

Joseph H. Udelson, "The Great Television Race: History of the American Television Industry, 1925-1941" (University of Alabama Press, 1982).

Peter F. Yanczer, "The Mechanics of Television: The Story of Mechanical Television" (St. Louis: the author, 1987).

 

To read more about the history of the internet, see:

Imaging the Internet by Janna Quitney AndersonJanna Quitney Anderson, "Imagining the Internet: Personalities, Predictions, Perspectives" (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). Information about the content is available online at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/publications.xhtml.

Manuel Castells, "The Internet Galaxy" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Tim Berners-Lee, "Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web" (New York: HarperCollins, 1999).

Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon, "Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet" (New York: Touchstone, 1996).

Nicholas Negroponte, "Being Digital" (New York: Vintage, 1996): portions available online at http://archives.obs-us.com/obs/english/books/nn/bdcont.htm.

Howard Rheingold, "The Virtual Community" (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000); 1993 version available online at http://www.well.com/user/hlr/vcbook/vcbookintro.html.

William Mitchell, "City of Bits: Space, Place and the Infobahn" (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996); available online at http://mitpress2.mit.edu/e-books/City_of_Bits/.

 

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