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American Telephone & Telegraph: The Art of Telephony, 1916

Spreading the News

Letters went back and forth between The Franklin Institute and the AT&T Company: outgoing mail told the Company of its selection as the Elliott Cresson Medal recipient, and replies to The Franklin Institute revealed AT&T's appreciation of this prestigious form of recognition. Company Senior Vice President U. N. Bethell penned in his gracious response:

"this recognition of the Company's efforts to realize its desire to be of service to the American people is exceedingly gratifying, and will be a source of inspiration to our entire organization."
You can read the complete contents of this correspondence by clicking on the thumbnails at right and below.
Vail to R.B. Owens
Theodore Vail Letter to R.B. Owens (Secretary), Acknowledging receipt of March 8 letter, 3/9/1916. (1.2M)
U.N. Bethell to R.B. Owens
U.N. Bethell Letter to R.B. Owens (Secretary), In appreciation of great honor, 3/22/1916. (1.3M)