These clippings cover the year 1916. Most of the items are taken from newspapers, although there are a few magazine articles as well. Included are articles pertaining to Edison's testimony before the Naval Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in March; his views on the proposed Naval Research Laboratory and other military issues; his support for Woodrow Wilson in the presidential election after Theodore Roosevelt's withdrawal from the race; his attitude toward women's suffrage; and his receipt of an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. There are also several clippings relating to Edison's manufacturing works, including a long article from the New York Herald about the various product divisions of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Other business-related clippings discuss improvements at Edison's cement plant and his use of police to disperse striking phonograph workers. In addition, there are clippings about the summer camping trip in the Adirondacks with Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs, as well as remarks by Edison about the scarcity of tarpon in the waters of Lee County, Florida, which he attributed to indiscriminate netting on the part of the local fishermen.
Approximately 30 percent of the clippings have been selected. The unselected items consist of articles unrelated to Edison and duplicate versions of the stories in the selected clippings. Although there are few unbound clippings for 1916, hundreds of related articles can be found in Cat. 44,454 and Cat. 44,455 in the Scrapbook Series. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.