This folder contains correspondence and other documents concerning Edison's life story, his response to erroneous newspaper reports about him, his opinions regarding a variety of subjects, and numerous other matters. The letters consist primarily of unsolicited inquiries, but there are also exchanges with friends and business associates. Among the documents for 1915 are reminiscences of Edison's early career as an itinerant telegrapher in Cincinnati. Also included are comments by Edison about euthanasia for animals and American naval readiness. In response to a letter from educator Mark H. C. Spiers, Edison remarks that he has no recollection of ever saying that genius is "perspiration" rather than "inspiration." Other correspondents for 1915 include James N. Gamble of Proctor & Gamble, author and dramatist Percy W. MacKaye, author Upton Sinclair, and New York attorney Frederick J. Stone.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected, including all items bearing substantive marginalia by Edison. The following categories of documents have not been selected: unsolicited requests for donations, employment opportunities, and interviews; routine requests for biographical and other information, including Edison's advice and opinion. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.