This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to the business of the Edison General Electric Co. Many of the letters are by J. C. Henderson, engineer-in-chief; Samuel Insull, second vice-president; and H. Ward Leonard, general manager. Many of the documents pertain to the consolidation of the various Edison companies and to the internal affairs of the departments within the new company. Some of the letters concern the development of alternating current multipolar dynamos for electric lighting and multipolar electric motors for street cars. Other documents relate to canvasses of potential customers for new central stations in various towns and cities. There are also two maps of the United States with figures listing the electric light installations of Edison and his competitors. In addition, there are several lists of existing and potential central stations across the nation.
Approximately 40 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: routine correspondence pertaining to contracts, orders, requisitions, bills, receipts, and other financial matters; letters of acknowledgement and transmittal; meeting announcements. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.