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 corres-pondence with Edison's acquaintances and employees, along with distributors of his phonographs and batteries. The correspondents for 1915 include John Barrett, director-general of the Pan American Union, banker and yachtsman Elias C. Benedict, photographer Benjamin J. Falk, composer Luigi Romano, portrait artist Jacques Reich, and K. Kimura and Kinji Uchimura of the Osaka Electric Lamp Co., Ltd. Also included is a letter by Philip F. La Follette, a future governor of Wisconsin, whose father and brother both served as U.S. senators. A letter by Irene Billington mentions a visit to the West Orange laboratory by the Honorary Commercial Commissioners of the Republic of China.
Less than 10 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.