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The eleven scrapbooks in this series cover the years 1860-1879, with most of the clippings dating from the mid-1870s. Like the scrapbooks in the Menlo Park Scrapbook Series, the majority of books contain clippings from technical journals, popular magazines, and newspapers relating to Edison, his inventions, and other technical and scientific matters in which Edison and his assistants were interested.
In addition to the clippings from journals and newspapers, the books contain a variety of other materials. Some of the scrapbooks contain advertising circulars and brochures, technical notes and drawings, and samples of telegraph tapes and disks.
Two scrapbooks (Cat. 1173 and Cat. 30,096) consist primarily of correspondence and other manuscript material relating to the operation of Edison's Newark businesses during 1874 and his tenure as electrician for the Atlantic & Pacific Telegraph Co. in 1875.
One scrapbook (Cat. 1177) contains clippings of patent specifications and drawings from the annual reports of the U.S. Commissioner of Patents for the years 1860-1868.
There is also a book of electric pen samples (Cat. 593) and a book of catalogs and price lists from chemical suppliers (Cat. 30,102).
One scrapbook (Cat. 1178) contains clippings about political and cultural matters.
Scrapbooks consisting primarily of technical notes and drawings can be found in the Miscellaneous Shop and Laboratory Notebooks in the Notebook Series.
Although each scrapbook page is represented on the microfilm from which the images in the digital edition were created, the contents of the scrapbooks were not filmed in their entirety. Many scrapbook pages contain multi-page vendor's catalogs, circulars, and price lists or multi-page articles from technical journals. In most such cases, only the cover or first page was filmed. However, catalogs and other material issued by Edison companies and articles dealing directly with Edison and his inventive or business activities were filmed in their entirety. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.