This folder contains requests for Edison's autograph or photograph and related correspondence. Included are letters from collectors, publishers, news bureaus, photography studios, and educators. Among the items for 1917 is correspondence with C. F. Bateholts of the General Electric Publication Bureau concerning the production of a motion picture about Edison; with New York photographer Benjamin J. Falk on color photographs of Edison; and with Harris & Ewing regarding Edison's purchase of a negative for private distribution. Also included is correspondence with John J. Caddigan of the Employees Club of the Boston Edison Co. relating to an autographed photo to accompany a song in honor of Edison. The correspondence was handled by Edison's assistant, William H. Meadowcroft.
Approximately 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes routine requests both fulfilled and deferred, letters of transmittal and acknowledgment, and a report by Edison attorney Henry Lanahan on copyright law as it applied to photographs. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.