This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison Portland Cement Co. and to the manufacture and sale of cement. Included are letters regarding Edison's widely publicized plans to produce concrete for roadways and to use concrete in the manufacture of phonograph cabinets and other furniture. Among the correspondents are Edison's personal representative and chief engineer Miller Reese Hutchison, H. Burdick of the Cement Cabinet Department, Walter S. Mallory of the Edison Portland Cement Co., and New Jersey State Highway Commissioner Edwin A. Stevens. Also included is a handwritten note from Edison to Donald M. Bliss, Hutchison's predecessor as chief engineer, concerning molds for cabinets, along with a communication from Bliss regarding the dismissal of several employees in the cabinet department who went on strike for higher wages.
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. Most of the selected letters contain Edison's reply in the form of marginalia. The items not selected consist primarily of unsolicited correspondence that received no reply or only a perfunctory response from Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.