This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the commercial development of Edison’s alkaline storage battery in foreign countries. Included is discussion of battery-powered electric vehicles Numerous items are written by Edison or bear his marginalia. Most of the documents for 1914 pertain to licensees in Great Britain, Germany, and other countries. A few letters between Edison and investor Theron I. Crane concern the sales contract with Frederick J. Lisman. Other documents refer to electrical engineer Maurice E. Fox, a European representative of Edison’s storage battery. An undated letter by Edison at the end of the folder contains instructions for charging storage batteries. The correspondents include Sigmund Bergmann of the Bergmann Electrical Works in Berlin, longtime Edison associate Herman E. Dick, Edison's chief engineer Miller Reese Hutchison, and John F. Monnot, managing director of Edison Accumulators, Ltd., in London.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists primarily of letters of transmittal, duplicates, and variant versions of selected documents. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.