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Gilliland Electric Mfg. Co. collection 1880s?

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S0515 (Text) 00000106658024 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 1 folder

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General Note:
Finding Aid by: Erica Sgroi, April 2013
Restrictions on Access Note:
The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.:
This collection consists of an advertising card for the Gilliland Electric Manufacturing Company. The card is advertising for “improvements in telephonic apparatus.”
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Gilliland Electric Manufacturing Company collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Ezra T. Gilliland was born in 1847 in New York. He was the founder of Gilliland Electric Manufacturing Company. Growing up, Gilliland was friends with Thomas Edison and later on, became interested in the telephone and the phonograph. Gilliland invented the fundamental elements of the switchboard needed for all telephone systems to work. In the 1870s, Gilliland organized the first telephone exchange in Indianapolis. He sold the company a few years later for $20,000. Using the money he gained from the selling of his company, Gilliland opened Gilliland Electric Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis. Within three years, the company had grown so big that Gilliland moved his factory to Michigan. There at the factory, he manufactured parts for Western Union. Gilliland died on May 13, 1903 in his home in New York.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Gilliland Electric Mfg. Co. (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Telephone companies > Indiana > Indianapolis > 19th century.
Genre: Advertising cards.

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