This folder contains correspondence and other documents pertaining to Edison's relationship with the Naval Consulting Board (NCB) during the postwar period. The correspondents include NCB chairman William L. Saunders and secretary Thomas Robins, Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, Navy Dept. liaison W. Strother Smith, and President-elect Warren G. Harding. Included are items regarding Edison's offer to decline a Navy medal that Daniels planned to award him; his lack of interest in participating in further meetings about the proposed Naval Research Laboratory; his threat to complain to Congress about the Navy's rejection of new ideas and technologies; and his advice to Harding on what qualities the next Secretary of the Navy should possess. Other topics include the publication of Capt. Lloyd N. Scott's Naval Consulting Board of the United States; Edison's reluctant agreement to attend the NCB anniversary dinner; his response to an inquiry about Walter T. Scheele, a German chemist who worked during the war with Bruce R. Silver; and his correspondence with inventor and philosopher William A. Crawford-Frost about anti-torpedo nets.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include unsolicited correspondence, routine administrative documents, and material pertaining to internal organizational matters not directly related to Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.