This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the storage battery as a power source in Edison's "Country House Lighting System"â€”a plan to illuminate rural homes located beyond gas and electric mains. Among the documents for 1912 are correspondence with potential agents, including items bearing Edison marginalia, and an undated handwritten list by Edison concerning the establishment of agencies. Also included are letters pertaining to proposed installations, pricing strategies, and commercial promotion, along with an undated schematic drawing of the controller, reversing switch, wiring, and other elements of the system. The correspondents include William G. Bee, Isidor (Jerry) Chesler, and other employees of the Edison Storage Battery Co.; Edison's personal representative and chief engineer Miller Reese Hutchison; and longtime Edison associate Robert T. Lozier.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists primarily of letters of inquiry concerning agencies. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.