[The following Part II scrapbook appears in the Supplement Series in Thomas A. Edison Papers: A Selective Microfilm Edition, Part IV (1899-1910). The images for Part IV have not yet been digitized. If the "List Documents" button at the bottom of the note is used, a list of document records associated with this scrapbook will be displayed. However, no images will be displayed if the "Show Documents" button at the top of the list is used. To see the location of this item in the Series Notes for Part II, use the "Which Series Notes?" button.]
This scrapbook covers the period April-May 1884, with a few additional items from May 1896 and August 1909. Included are typewritten transcriptions of local newspaper reports, editorials, and advertisements relating to the exhibition of Edison's inventions at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 1-2, 1884. There is material pertaining to a visit with Edison in New York prior to the exhibition, as well as photographs of Edison's exhibit and descriptions of Edison, Sherburne B. Eaton, and Edward H. Johnson at the event. A series of illustrations in the middle of the book contains views of the sites shown to Edison and his party while in Worcester: the Mechanics Hall, the Antiquarian Society, and the Natural History Society; the Worcester Academy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Clark University; and various manufacturing establishments. At the end of the book is a transcribed article from the Worcester Sunday Spy (1896) relating to an interview with Edison at the West Orange laboratory, along with a clipping from the Boston American (1909) containing images of technological and racial supremacy. The scrapbook was compiled by Dr. William H. Raymenton, president of the Worcester Natural History Society and an organizer of the exhibition. It was presented to Edison in 1916 by Raymenton's son, Hewstone K. Raymenton (see E-16-78 (Visitors), Edison General File Series). The cover is stamped "Edison -- in -- Worcester -- 1884." The spine is stamped "Edison in Worcester Electrical Exposition 1884." The pages are unnumbered. Approximately 120 pages have used. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.