This folder contains documents relating to Edison's chemical plants and other assets at Silver Lake (Bloomfield/Belleville), New Jersey. The selected items for 1917 pertain to the operation of a potato farm, overseen by Charles Edison, during the summer and fall. Included are interoffice communications relating to the sale of potatoes to company employees, along with a financial statement of losses. A communication from Richard W. Kellow, secretary of Thomas A. Edison, Personal, expresses optimism that "we . . . [will] be able be save considerable money on next year's farm through the experience we have had this year."
Approximately 10 percent of the documents have been selected. More than half of the unselected material relates to the potato farm, including payment slips, interoffice communications, and memoranda. The remaining items pertain to the routine administration of Edison's chemical plants and other facilities, such as a report on the water supply, cost estimates, and real estate, financial, and legal documents. Much of this business was handled by John V. Miller, manager of the Edison Chemical Works. Related material can be found in the "Edison Chemical Works" folders in previous years of the Edison General File. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.