This folder contains correspondence and other documents regarding Edison's opinions and widely publicized statements about immortality, theology, superstition, and related subjects. Among the items for 1916 is a statement by Edison to the American Jewish Congress on the political future of the Jewish people. Also included are references to Edison's beliefs about mental telepathy and the existence of a supreme intelligence and his opinion about the powers of noted spiritualist Bert Reese.
Approximately 5 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include inquiries about religion, astrology, psychic phenomena, and electromagnetic waves; requests for Edison's assistance and expressions of personal beliefs; and questions about how to get in touch with Bert Reese, who was known to be an acquaintance of Edison. None of these letters received a substantive response. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.