This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to banquets, luncheons, lectures, and special events to which Edison was invited but did not attend. Similar material can be found in E-18-48 (Honors and Awards). Among the items for 1918 are two invitations to attend plays dealing with new inventions, both of which Edison turned down because of his work for the government. The correspondents include Joseph L. Plunkett of the Lyric Theater and A. Toxen Worm of the Shubert Theatrical Co.
Approximately 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include invitations to dinners, school graduations, Rotary Club meetings, steamship launchings, and police exercises, all of which were routinely declined. None of the unselected documents bear Edison marginalia. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.