This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's awards and honors. Also included are offers of distinctions and awards, as well as invitations to ceremonies, that Edison declined because of his aversion to attending formal events. Similar material can be found in E-18-50 (Invitations). The two selected items for 1918 consist of correspondence between Edison and Edgar F. Smith, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, concerning an honorary doctorate that the University wished to confer upon Edison. The inventor declined the offer, explaining that he would be away at sea in Florida.
Approximately 20 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected items include inquiries about past honors given to Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.