This folder contains interoffice communications and other documents relating to the organization and administration of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., a large corporation that encompassed Edison's phonograph-related businesses and several others. Included is a communication from vice president Stephen B. Mambert expressing his desire to step down as financial executive following a successful corporate reorganization over the previous two years. Also included are communications from C. E. Fairbanks, manager of the Edison Phonograph Works, regarding his efforts to improve production at the Works, the arrest of J. E. M. Simpson of the Jewel Dept., and the frustrations that led to his resignation as manager in July 1917. In addition, there are communications from John T. Rogers of the Traffic Service Dept. pertaining to war-related shipping problems and an impending strike of railway workers, as well as a notice from Edison's personal assistant William H. Meadowcroft reminding employees not to interrupt the inventor on except on the most urgent matters and requesting them to "keep away from him."
Approximately 30 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material relates primarily to routine policies and procedures, such as mail delivery, employee passes, and telegram and telephone communications. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.