This folder contains requests for Edison's autograph or photograph and related correspondence. Included are letters from collectors, publishers, news bureaus, photography studios, and educators. Also included is correspondence with Edison's acquaintances, employees, and distributors of his phonographs and batteries. Among the documents for 1913 are letters from future son-in-law John E. Sloane regarding a photograph of the inventor with aviation pioneer Orville Wright, along with correspondence concerning portraits of Edison by the studio of Benjamin J. Falk in New York. A few items pertain to acquaintances such as John B. Miller, president of the Southern California Edison Co.a former resident of Port Huron, Michigan, who once visited Edison in Menlo Park. Other correspondents include longtime Edison associate Thomas Commerford Martin, Persian diplomat Hayozoun H. Topakyan, and Willis R. Whitney, director of the General Electric Research Laboratory.
Approximately 15 percent of the documents have been selected. The items not selected consist primarily of letters from autograph collectors and dealers, newspapers, and periodicals. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.