This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's awards and honors. Also included are offers of distinctions and awards, as well as invitations to ceremonies, that Edison declined because of his aversion to attending formal events. Similar material can be found in E-16-48 (Invitations).
Among the documents for 1916 is a letter from Charles F. Thwing, president of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, regarding an honorary degree, along with an invitation from the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs to a tree planting ceremony on the Lincoln Highway. Both letters contain a notation by Edison instructing his secretary to "get me out."
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists primarily of letters of congratulation for various awards that Edison had received or was believed to have received. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.