This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's membership in, and activities on behalf of, social clubs, professional societies, political groups, and civic organizations. There are also appeals from charitable organizations and a few letters concerning the purchase of professional and other publications for Edison. Among the documents for 1912 are solicitations and other correspondence pertaining to the Deutsches Museum, the Luther Burbank Society, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and the Technology Club of New York. The correspondents include longtime Edison associate Thomas Commerford Martin and George W. Kittredge, chief engineer of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Co.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The following categories of documents have not been selected: requests for Edison's autograph or signature, including its reproduction; form letters and other routine correspondence regarding meetings and activities; invitations and other requests that Edison either declined or did not acknowledge; invitations for which no substantive response has been found; correspondence from organizations in which Edison was not involved; published proceedings and printed circulars; and duplicates. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.