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These records cover the period 1814-1911, but most of the documents were generated in the 1890s; the earliest material consists of title searches. Included are correspondence, agreements, deeds, lists, leases, indentures, opinions, and reports. The documents deal primarily with leases, mineral rights, and mining surveys on mining sites in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Some items relate to company board matters, stock transactions, tax matters, financial claims, and the acquisition of the Sussex Iron Co. Other material pertains to litigation resulting from the collapse of the stock house at the Ogden works in 1892, including reports by detectives hired on behalf of the company to infiltrate the mining community. Most of the correspondence consists of letters from attorney Alexander Elliott, Jr., to Edison regarding the negotiation of leases and mineral rights.
The following categories of documents have been selected: items in Edison's hand; items containing Edison marginalia or reflecting Edison's direct involvement; samples of Elliott's representation of Edison in negotiating leases, options, and other property transactions; and examples of detectives' reports. Routine correspondence and property documents have not been selected. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.