This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to employees and prospective employees. Also included are letters soliciting Edison's opinion regarding former employees seeking positions elsewhere. Among the documents for 1914 are items pertaining to the resignation of Frank K. Dolbeer, a longtime associate in Edisonâ€™s phonograph business, and the transition of kinetophone developer Daniel Higham to the position of consulting engineer. Also included are comments by Edison, in the form of marginalia, about former associates William K. L. Dickson and William J. Hammer. Dickson is described as "a pretty good Experimenter . . . honest & reliable," with "a poetic temperament and all that implies in commercial affairs." Hammer is characterized as a man of good reputation and "very well up in Electricity" but "somewhat hard to get along with." Interoffice communications by chief engineer Miller Reese Hutchison and other supervisors discuss working conditions and other matters relating to current employees.
Less than 5 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected documents include several items bearing a draft reply by Edison, typically remarking "Say all full at present" or "All full just now." Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.