This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's interest in obtaining information about substitutes for cotton. The merchants replying to his inquiries include Frank B. Graves Co. and Denison & Doyle Co. One of the letters also contains a suggestion for combating German submarines. Edison's assistant, William H. Meadowcroft, advised the writer to submit his idea to Thomas Robins, secretary of the Naval Consulting Board.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items consist of duplicates, bills, and a sample of a cotton substitute. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.