This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to electric lighting and power. Included are letters pertaining to the alternating current controversy, alternating current and electrocution experiments conducted by Harold P. Brown, and the search for bamboo and other fibrous plants in Latin America and Southern Asia. There are also documents concerning competition between the Edison and Westinghouse electric lighting systems. Many of the letters are by Charles F. Hanington and Frank McGowan, who conducted the fiber search in Latin America. Some of the correspondence is by James Ricalton, who handled the fiber search in Southern Asia.
Approximately 80 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: routine correspondence, bills and receipts, and bills of lading pertaining to the fiber search; list of cable codes used by Charles F. Hanington; duplicate copies of selected documents. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.