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This material consists of correspondence, court documents, and other items relating to the unlicenced use of Edison's name in the promotion of companies and commercial products. In some cases the defendants were former associates of Edison or persons unknown to him, but there are also cases pertaining to the unauthorized use of Edison's name by his son, Thomas A. Edison, Jr.
Approximately 15 percent of the documents have been selected. The selected items reflect Edison's direct involvement in protecting his name, pertain broadly to the activities of his legal staff, or exemplify the kinds of public uses his name received in the United States and abroad. The documents are arranged in the following order: