This folder contains correspondence requesting Edison to write articles, letters from journalists seeking to interview Edison or soliciting his statements for publication, and other documents relating to articles by or about Edison and his inventions. Among the documents are 1915 are draft letters and marginalia containing Edison's opinions about the Germans and World War I. Also included is an article by author and reformer Herbert Quick nominating Edison, Henry Ford, and several other prominent figures to serve on an American Advisory Commission on Invention and Discovery for the Army and Navya recommendation that Edison rejected as impractical. A request from A. Robert White for a statement about Booker T. Washington, who died in November 1915, received a response that "I have never come in contact with Dr. Washington or his work & consequently cannot furnish any reminiscences." Other correspondents include Joe Mitchell Chapple of the National Magazine; Jacob G. Lipman, director of the New Jersey Agricultural College Experiment Station at Rutgers College; journalist Edward Marshall; and longtime Edison associate John Brisben Walker.
Less than 10 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists of items that received a perfunctory response or no reply from Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.