This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's membership in, and activities on behalf of, social clubs, professional societies, political groups, and civic and charitable organizations. Many of the letters contain a request for some kind of support. Several ask for permission to use Edison's name in connection with their cause. Included are items pertaining to the war, postwar reconstruction, politics, social reform, industry, and technology. Also included is correspondence regarding Edison's planned attendance at the American Institute of Electrical Engineers' presentation of the Edison Medal to Col. John J. Carty; his agreement to serve as honorary president of the National War Savings Committee for New Jersey; and a letter of support for the National Electric Light Association, written for Edison's signature by its president, John W. Lieb. Other correspondents include the Alliance Francaise des Oranges, the British Empire Club, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Approximately 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes requests declined by Edison or marked for no answer, as well as those receiving a routine reply stating that Edison was too busy or preferred not to participate. Also unselected are printed items such as tickets, brochures, pamphlets, cards, meeting programs, and legislative bills. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.