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These records consist of unbound and bound material relating to plant operations at ESBCo factories and to research and development done on behalf of ESBCo by its own Research Department and by Edison's West Orange laboratory. The unbound items consist of periodic operations reports (1905-1924); occasional research reports (1901, 1914-1923); and graphs showing the performance of batteries used in automotive starters (1922-1930). The bound volumes consist of a research notebook (1901-1903); an unfilled orders notebook (ca. 1901-1902); eight receiving books (1901-1916); an automobile test book (1902); five payroll abstract books (1911-1917); and six plant operations log books (1920-1921).
The following categories of documents have been selected: a sample of reports routed to Edison; reports reflecting Edison's direct involvement in, and supervision of, ESBCo procedures and experimental programs.
The following categories of documents have not been selected: rolling mill production reports and other reports not involving Edison; starter battery test graphs; test books; routine purchasing records; payroll books; operations logs.
The selected records are arranged in the following order: (1) operations reports; (2) research reports; and (3) research notebook.