Municipal Archives


Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, 1904, 1913-1917

​Collection 1991-026

​Overview

Repository​​
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorOffice of the Mayor
TitleSouthwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company
Dates1904, 1913-1917
Quantity.42 linear inches
AbstractPetitions and mergers for Dallas telephone companies.
Identification1991-026​
LanguageRecords are in English

​Scope and Content

The Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, organized in 1881 to operate exchanges in Arkansas and Texas, owned exchanges in Galveston, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.  A Dallas exchange with forty subscribers opened on June 1, 1881.  In the spring of 1883, Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone was purchased by the Erie Telegraph and Telephone Company, a holding company.  On July 19, 1883, general offices were established at Austin, and in 1889 the Erie Company conveyed all its property back to The Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company.

On March 1, 1912, the Bell System firms (the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company, the Bell Telephone Company of Missouri, the Pioneer Telephone and Telegraph Company of Oklahoma, and the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company) were consolidated to form a new operating unit known as the Southwestern System, with headquarters in St. Louis. These companies were later merged in 1920 to form Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  With the breakup of the AT&T-owned Bell System in 1984, Southwestern Bell Telephone became a subsidiary of Southwestern Bell Corporation, changing names in 1995 to SBC Communications, Inc, and then to SBC Southwest in December 2002.

Collection consists of correspondence, petitions, contracts, property inventories, and typescript reports regarding telephone and telegraph services in the City of Dallas and across the state of Texas and the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company between 1904 and 1917.  The items concern several issues, including petitions solicited by Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company in Texas cities to protest the quality of local telephone services, a proposal to the City of Dallas to merge local telephone companies, inventories and appraisals of the plants and properties of the Dallas Automatic Telephone Company and the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, a listing of every location of telephone poles in the City of Dallas in 1913, and a unit cost analysis of the Dallas exchange of the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company.  The records were used in the conduct of business of the City of Dallas Public Improvements Committee.

Organization

​The collection is arranged by alphabetically by subject.  

Access

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Citation

​Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company, 1904, 1913-1917 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Telephone -- Texas -- Dallas
Telephone companies -- Texas -- Dallas -- History

Container List 

BoxFolder​​Title, Date
11
Application for the appointment of accountants, 1917
[In telephone company investigation by Marwick, Mitchell, Peat and Company.]
 2
Correspondence to Mayor Henry D. Lindsley, 1916-17
[Regarding merger of telephone companies and the City of Dallas.]​
 3
Inventory and appraisal of plant and property 1, 1916
[Of the Dallas Automatic Telephone Company by Edmund Land.]​
 4
Inventory and appraisal of plant and property 2, 1916
[Of the Dallas Automatic Telephone Company by Edmund Land. Report covers.]​
 5
Inventory and appraisal of property report, 1916
[In the Dallas Exchange area of Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company.]​
 6Inventory and location of telephone poles, 1913
 
Petitions regarding telephone services in Texas cities
 7Austin, Texas, 1904
 8Corsicana, Texas, 1904
 9Gainesville, Texas, 1904
 10Houston, Texas, 1904
 11Paris, Texas, 1904
 12San Antonio, Texas, 1904
 13Sherman, Texas, 1904
 14Temple, Texas, 1904
 15Tyler, Texas, 1904
 16Waco, Texas, 1904
 17Weatherford, Texas, undated [Probably 1904]
 18
Proposal and application by J.C. Casler, 1917
[Casler was president of the Independent Telephone Association.  The application is to Mayor Henry D. Lindsley and the Board of Commissioners, Dallas, Texas, regarding merger of telephone companies and the City of Dallas, 1917.]
 19
Proposal from Henry Exall Elrod, 1917
[To investigate the properties and operations of the Dallas Automatic Telephone Company.]​
 20Report on Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company unit costs [Dallas Exchange], 1913-1916