These clippings cover the year 1911. Most of the items are taken from newspapers, but there are several longer magazine articles as well. Included are clippings relating to the reorganization of the National Phonograph Co. and several other Edison companies into Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; the outcome of patent cases and lawsuits; and the demonstration of new storage batteries for submarines and electric cars. Also included are articles about Edison's contracts with the Anderson Electric Car Co. and European representative John F. Monnot, as well as his agreement with the Nernst Lamp Co. of Pittsburgh to supply lamps for his home kinetoscope. Other articles discuss Edison's widely discussed (and sometimes criticized) plans to make concrete houses and concrete furniture; his ideas about the use of motion pictures in education and politics; and his call to reform anti-trust legislation.
There are also clippings pertaining to the Edison family trip to Europe, including visits to England, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria; a controversial article by Edison on the immortality of the soul; his attendance at the New York Electrical Exposition at which he received the gift of a large copper cube; and the local social activities of his wife, Mina Miller Edison. In addition, there are articles regarding the deaths of Edison's longtime associate Josiah C. Reiff, his brother-in-law Robert Anderson Miller, and his aunt Julia Tilden Edison; the marriage of his cousin Edith Clarissa Edison; and a murder-suicide in one of the offices of the National Phonograph Co.
Approximately 10 percent of the clippings have been selected. In addition to numerous duplicate versions of most of the stories, the unselected items include articles not directly related to Edison on subjects such as motion pictures, phonograph recordings, and electric automobiles.
Other clippings for 1911 can be found in Cat. 44,498 (Scientific American) and Cat. 44,447 (European Tour) in the Scrapbook Series. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.