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There is a variety of special collections in the archives of the Edison National Historical Park, ranging from single items to substantial groups of personal papers. This series consists of selections from the following three collections: (1) Miller Reese Hutchison Diary; (2) William H. Meadowcroft Papers; and (3) Muckers of the Edison Laboratory.
Miller Reese Hutchison Diary. This collection consists of loose pages of handwritten, transcribed excerpts from the diary of Edison associate Miller Reese Hutchison. Individual sets of transcriptions cover the periods 1902, 1907-1914, and scattered months from 1919, as well as Hutchison's Christmas and New Year's holidays from 1907 until 1932. The selected items discuss activities at the West Orange laboratory, where Hutchison served briefly as chief engineer, and provide details regarding work with Edison.
William H. Meadowcroft Papers. These papers consist primarily of material collected or generated by William H. Meadowcroft during the preparation of the two-volume official biography, Edison: His Life and Inventions, which was published by Harper & Brothers in 1910. Included are reminiscences by Edison and his associates, along with drafts and galley proofs of the book. Also included is incoming and outgoing correspondence pertaining to other publications about Edison and to Meadowcroft's personal life and business endeavors, as well as items concerning electricity, x-rays, and other matters. The selected items cover the period 1907-1913.
Muckers of the Edison Laboratory. These records, which cover the period 1902-1909, consist of a minute book and a small amount of unbound material pertaining to the Muckers of the Edison Laboratory, a select, dues-collecting fraternity of employees at the West Orange laboratory. The minute book includes a list of members and an account of business meetings, as well as comical reports of periodic "outings" by the club. The unbound material consists primarily of postcards and other correspondence from members and former members.