These clippings cover the year 1912. Most of the items are taken from newspapers, but there are several longer magazine articles as well. Clippings relating to Edison's inventions and business matters include articles about the introduction of three major new products: the disc phonograph, the Blue Amberol cylinder phonograph, and the home projecting kinetoscope. There are also articles concerning Edison's views on patent law; the resignation of Frank L. Dyer as the president of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and his replacement by Edison; and the federal government's initiation of an antitrust suit against the Motion Picture Patents Co.
Other clippings pertain to the celebration of Edison's sixty-fifth birthday; his support for Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive party in the presidential election; his endorsement of women's suffrage; and the deaths of his mother-in-law, Mary Valinda Miller, and his longtime associate George E. Gouraud. In addition, there are articles discussing his plans to make motion pictures for use in schools; his attendance at the first annual "Edison Field Day" company picnic and game day; and a contract for the use of Edison Portland cement at the new baseball park at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn.
Approximately 30 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 patent, copyright, and business law; recording contracts; and the phonograph industry. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.