This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's diminishing involvement with the Naval Consulting Board (NCB). The correspondents include outgoing Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels; J. Jarvis Butler of the Navy Dept. General Board; NCB chairman William L. Saunders and secretary Thomas Robins; and Edison associate Miller Reese Hutchison. Included are letters pertaining to Edison's desire to resign from the NCB pending its adoption of a plan for a Naval Research Laboratory that he opposed; the final months of Daniels's term as Secretary of the Navy in the Wilson administration; Edison's refusal to attend the NCB annual dinner; and his interest in acquiring government publications on banking and currency, which were sent to him by Butler. Many of the letters were written by Edison's personal assistant, William H. Meadowcroft.
Approximately 50 percent of the documents have been selected. The material not selected includes additional dinner invitations that Edison declined, along with personal correspondence between Meadowcroft and Butler, who appear to have been close family friends. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.