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The four scrapbooks in this series cover the period 1901-1904. They contain clippings from newspapers, popular magazines, and technical journals, along with other printed material. Two scrapbooks from 1901-1902 pertain to the development, testing, and manufacture of Edison's alkaline storage battery. The one selected book includes articles by former Edison employee Arthur E. Kennelly and by electrochemist Eugene F. Roeber. The other two scrapbooks (not selected) contain material regarding the International Correspondence Schoolsan organization based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which promoted Edison's phonograph for educational use.
In addition to these items, the Scrapbook Collection in the Edison National Historical Park archives has several books from the period 1899-1910. These contain souvenirs, postcards, and holiday greetings collected by Mina Miller Edison and others. Two undated scrapbooks contain the original labels from Edison's mineral cabinet, indicating the names and origins of the samples collected. A finding aid to the archival collection is available.
This scrapbook covers the period February-August 1901 and relates to the development, testing, and manufacture of Edison's alkaline storage battery. The clippings are primarily from daily newspapers, but some are from technical journals and popular magazines. Included is material pertaining to Edison's storage battery factory at Glen Ridge, New Jersey; his visit to the Sudbury region of Ontario; and a conflict with the General Electric Co. over the use of the battery.
These two scrapbooks probably cover the period 1903-1904, but some of the items may be from earlier or later dates. Included are clippings and printed promotional material relating to the International Correspondence Schools (I.C.S.)an organization based on Scranton, Pennsylvania, which promoted Edison's phonograph for educational use. The material was apparently collected by Nelson C. Durand at I.C.S. before he joined the National Phonograph Co. in 1905 as manager of the Commercial Department. Several items from these scrapbooks can be found in the Primary Printed Series.