This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edisonâ€™s position as chair of the Naval Consulting Board (NCB). Among the items for 1916 is a letter from Walter S. Nunnelly, a Tennessee cattle farmer and merchandise dealer who had hosted Edison during his search for cobalt in 1906. Also included are letters by Paul J. Kruesi, son of machinist and longtime Edison associate John Kruesi, pertaining to efforts by Chattanooga to be selected as the location for an armor plate plant. The correspondents include Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss of the Department of the Navy's Bureau of Ordnance, NCB secretary Thomas Robins, and Edison's chief engineer Miller Reese Hutchison.
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include unsolicited requests, ideas, and speculative letters marked for no answer; printed forms from the U.S. Navy; and routine letters of transmittal without enclosures.
Related material can be found in the "1916 Correspondence" folders in the Naval Consulting Board and Wartime Research Papers, Special Collections Series. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.