This folder contains correspondence and other documents concerning Edisonâ€™s friendship and collaboration with industrialist Henry Ford. Included is correspondence with Ford company executive Charles E. Sorensen regarding experiments on the plating of tractor worm-drive wheels. Also included are letters pertaining to Ford's plans to visit Edison's experimental yacht at Greenport, Long Island, and to the postponement of a visit to the West Orange laboratory by the Ford Hawaiian Quintet. Some of the letters contain inquiries about Edison's health and activities.
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes requests to Edison for introductions to Ford, which were all declined; correspondence about travel plans; letters of transmittal and acknowledgment; and routine correspondence between Ford's secretary Ernest G. Liebold and Edison's assistant William H. Meadowcroft. Also not selected are telegrams and letters by Liebold and Meadowcroft that duplicate the material from the Henry Ford Museum published in the digital edition.
Documents relating to Ford can also be found E-17-69 (Personal) and in other folders in the Edison General File. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.