This folder contains documents relating to Miller Reese Hutchison, Inc., a corporation organized by Hutchison in 1916 to broker sales of Edison batteries to the United States government and the governments of other nations. Hutchison, who served as chief engineer at Edison's West Orange laboratory from August 1912 until July 1918, signed an agreement with ESBCo in January 1917 that licensed him to sell batteries for submarines, search lights, radio sets, and other purposes that did not include the propulsion of vehicles with wheels. Most of the items in this folder consist of memoranda by ESBCo executives regarding strained relations between their own sales division and Hutchison. There are also statements of the business done by Hutchison's company, minutes of ESBCo Executive Committee meetings, and descriptions of meetings with U.S. government officials. At the beginning of the folder is a proposed resolution from 1911 authorizing Hutchison to approve all bids and contracts involving ESBCo and the U.S. government. The authors include Edison, Charles Edison, Henry Lanahan, Stephen B. Mambert, and H. G. Thompson.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected pertain primarily to routine operations or duplicate information in selected material.
Related material can be found in the Miller Reese Hutchison Diary (Special Collections Series).