This folder contains correspondence and other documents pertaining to the authorized and unauthorized use of Edison's name for advertising, trademark, and other purposes. Among the items for 1916 are communications from Delos Holden, general counsel of the Legal Dept., explaining company policy in regard to the use of the Edison name in unrelated business lines, along with a marginal notation by Edison in response to an inquiry about an "Edison ointment."
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include declined requests to name things after Edison, such as bands, cigars, and motor cars; notices of clubs and schools named in his honor; and correspondence by and about children named after him, some of which was acknowledged by a form letter. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.