This folder contains correspondence and other documents relating to Edison's past and present friends, acquaintances, and associates. Included is correspondence with John Burroughs and his longtime companion Clara Barrus, Harvey S. Firestone, William J. Hammer, Samuel Insull, Philip H. Klein, and Hudson Maxim. Among the subjects mentioned in the documents are Edison's annual camping trip, a machinists' strike at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Edison's disdain for labor unions, the use of Edison Portland Cement by the Firestone Co., and the impact of the war on the fortunes of Edison associate Sigmund Bergmann. Also included are a few items on the Edison company's use of Firestone rubber. Related documents can be found in "Rubber" (E-19-64).
Approximately 60 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material includes correspondence with officials of Firestone Co., routine documents regarding arrangements for the camping trip, items pertaining to discounted phonograph and records, personal correspondence of Edison's assistant William H. Meadowcroft, and letters marked "no ans." Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.