This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to books sent to Edison or ordered by him. Some of the letters contain remarks by Edison and his personal assistant William H. Meadowcroft concerning World War I, the belligerent nations of Europe, and public opinion about the war. An undated letter at the end of the folder refers to Edisonâ€™s collection of books concerning batteries. The correspondents include Oscar Phelps Austin of the National Geographic Society and publisher William H. Wiley of John Wiley & Sons.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The material not selected includes routine orders, letters of transmittal, and unsolicited correspondence. Also not selected are letters responding to Edisonâ€™s request for membership directories from fraternal, professional, and other organizations. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.