These documents relate to the operations of the Coal Tar Products Division of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and its predecessor, the Aniline Division. Many of the selected items are interoffice communications by H. H. Meno Kammerhoff, who took over the management of the Aniline Division after it became part of TAE Inc. Some of the items are addressed to Charles Edison, who oversaw the reorganization of the chemical plants as departments within the Coal Tar Division. Other correspondents include Archibald C. Emery, manager of New Jersey Products, Inc., which was established in May 1917 to handle the sale of Edison's chemical products. Included are documents pertaining to the shutting down of the two phenol plants and the suspension of production at the Amidophenol Plant, due to increasing stockpiles and declining prices. There are also some daily production reports of the Paraphenylenediamine Dept., bearing marginalia by Edison, along with other items attesting to a dramatic increase in the production of that chemical during the second half of the year.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include business correspondence on matters not directly related to Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.