This folder contains reports on the financial and legal status, and general trustworthiness, of companies, individuals, organizations, and charities. Among the documents for 1918 are letters relating to inventor and mining engineer Leslie V. Stevens; to Sunshine Settlement Inc., a community service organization in New York City; and to The United States Boy Scout, a rival of the Boy Scouts of America.
Less than 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes routine inquiries submitted to Proudfoot's by Edison's assistant William H. Meadowcroft, copies of detailed reports by Proudfoot's, warning lists about specific individuals and companies, and additional printed matter accompanying solicitations. Also not selected is correspondence between Meadowcroft and David Carnegie, chairman of the Inventions Committee of the Canadian Imperial Munitions Board, regarding experiments that Edison did not witness. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.