This folder contains correspondence with individuals and groups planning to meet with Edison, arranging for others to meet him, or thanking Edison for a recent visit. Among the items for 1917 are visit requests from Dr. Octave Laurent, physician in charge of the Grand Palais de Paris, and Henri-Pierre RochÃ©, a French author, journalist, and promoter of the Dada art movement. Also included are requests from General Rafael Reyes, former president of Colombia; Felix Fuld of L. Bamberger & Co.; and local businessman G. B. Furman, writing on behalf of entrepreneur and philanthropist George F. Johnson of Endicott, Johnson & Co. Also included are interoffice communications concerning security policies applicable all non-employees on Edison company property.
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes visit requests from the general public, which received a routine reply stating that Edison was away; requests to see one of the plants, which receive a routine response that all such visits had been suspended due to the war; letters of thanks from previous visitors; requests for letters of permission or introduction; and other routine business. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.