Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick Adrian


The purpose of this study is to present in an orderly manner a history of the early telephone companies and, at the same time, give a semi-technical description of some of the early practices, procedures, and equipment developed and employed by the many telephone pioneers. The importance of the telephone on population growth, comparison of the telephone industry with other industries, or the importance of the telephone in helping to overcome the extremes of nature, as well as many other areas of study were necessarily omitted in order to keep the subject within reasonable limits. In the future, those areas of study might be profitably explored in separate projects.


A Thesis Presented to the Fauclty of the Department of History and Government Municipal University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright, 1954 Robert H. Christie.

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