Calling For All Bell Lab Stories

First TSPS Operators in US, Morristown, NJ, 1969. Courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center. 

Did you or someone you know work for the Bell System in New Jersey?

In March 2022, Morven Museum & Garden will open an exhibition, “Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in NJ,” that will explore the ways in which the company pioneered innovations that transformed all aspects of modern-day life. 

The Bell System was deeply rooted in the Garden State, with locations throughout New Jersey. From operators and linemen to mathematicians and physicists, Bell employed thousands of New Jerseyans during the 20th century. Morven plans to exhibit historic artifacts from AT&T Archives and History Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and National Radio Astronomy Observatory, among others. 

Morven wants to know about your memorabilia, photos, and first hand stories. If you worked for AT&T, Western Electric, or Bell Telephone Laboratories before 1984 and would like to share your personal artifacts, photos, or stories, call (609) 924-8144 ext. 115 or visit https://www.morven.org/ma-bell-crowdsourcing. Personal artifacts must be submitted before August 31, 2021 to be considered for inclusion in the exhibit. 

For inquiries, contact Jesse Gordon at jgordon@morven.org.