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Photo: Edison Gold Mold Records.
Museums
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Edison built his West Orange Laboratory in 1887 and worked there until his death in 1931. In the 1950s it was turned over to the federal government, and it is now maintained for the public by the National Park Service. Its buildings hold thousands of artifacts and photographs as well as the documents that are the primary source of the Edison Papers.
Menlo Park in Edison, New Jersey: Birthplace of Recorded Sound: Thomas Alva Edison
The site of the Edison Tower and Menlo Park Museum has many recordings, historic and new, as well as many photographs and related information. "This site represents Thomas Alva Edison's important work in Menlo Park and the dramatic impact [it had] on civilization."
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village: Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory
Edison left Menlo Park in 1881 and the laboratory complex was abandoned soon after. In the late 1920s Henry Ford moved what remained of the buildings to Dearborn, Michigan, where he rebuilt them, furnishing them with as much original material as possible (including three boxcars of surrounding dirt). When shown the reconstruction, Edison admired its authenticity, commenting only that the laboratory had never been so clean.
Edison Birthplace Museum
Edison was born in this home in Milan, Ohio, on 11 February 1847. Built by his father in 1841–42, the house has been restored and is open to the public.
Edison's Fort Myers Winter Home
Built on land Edison purchased in 1885, this home and laboratory are now maintained by the City of Fort Myers. The neighboring estate was originally to have been the home of Edison associate Ezra Gilliland, but after a falling out between the two men it was purchased by Henry Ford.
Thomas Edison House
Louisville's Thomas Edison House is located in historic Butchertown, a neighborhood which has been known as the center of meat production in this city for over 200 years. It was also one of the areas Thomas Alva Edison called home during the years he lived and worked in Louisville.


Photos, Documents, Artifacts, Sound Recordings, Motion Pictures
American History Museum (Smithsonian Institution)
History of science, technology, society and culture in America
Edison After 40
An exhibit on the second half of the inventor's life.
Lighting a Revolution
An exploration of the history of inventing electric lights.
Celebrating Edison's 150th Birthday at the Lemelson Center
This site includes a QuickTime movie showing the modern recording and replaying of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on a tinfoil phonograph.
Library of Congress American Memory Project
The Library of Congress is digitizing millions of items in its collection and has linked to other collections as well. A search will turn up many items related to Edison and his work.
Edison Motion Picture and Sound Recordings
The Library holds an unparalleled collection of early motion pictures, including unique Edison productions. They have also digitized several dozen early disc recordings.
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the UCSB Libraries have created a digital collection of nearly 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the Department of Special Collections. In an effort to bring these recordings to a wider audience, they can be freely downloaded or streamed online.
Thomas A Edison in Menlo Park (Edison Township) NJ
A site that focuses on Menlo Park at the time Edison lived and worked there. It also has photographs, advertisements, texts, and other materials from later in Edison's career as well as maps and present-day images of earlier buildings' locations.


Documentaries
The American Experience: Edison's Miracle of Light
The website for a show about the introduction of electric lighting and power. It includes a brief animated illustration of the difference between alternating and direct current.
Great Projects: Electric Nation
Thomas Edison lights up New York City; Sam Insull brings power to Chicago; and TVA electrifies rural America.
Edison: The Invention of the Movies
An Interactive History of the Edison Company and the Invention of the Motion Picture. An unprecedented collection from Kino International and the Film/Media Department of The Museum of Modern Art together with the Library of Congress.
Moguls and Movie Stars
This seven-part documentary history of the American film industry produced for Turner Classic Movies focuses especially on the the moguls and the studios, including Thomas Edison.

Information on Edison Technologies and Companies
Early Incandescent Lamps
This page, the work of a veteran lamp collector, is an eclectic assemblage of information on incandescent electric lighting.
Recording Technology History
Steve Schoenherr at the University of San Diego has created a set of timelines detailing the history of recorded sound, including records, tape, motion pictures, microphones, loudspeakers, and more. (The site also has Sources and Suggested Readings and Links.)
The Edison Shop - Antique Phonographs & More!
Maintained by phonograph historian Allen Koenigsberg, this site is a principal resource for reliable information on early phonographs and recordings.
Edison Motion Picture Equipment Chronology
This chronology is not intended to be a definitive record of the dates of production or modifications made during the production runs of the various motion picture machines made by Thomas Alva Edison. It is only an overview of the basic models and major changes, with as many landmark dates as are well documented. The greatest accomplishment of this chronology would be to inspire more advanced research by future Cinequiptologists in order to produce a better record of the evolution of the Technology of the Moving Image.
Stock Ticker History
A good history of the stock ticker.
The Telephones of Thomas Edison
Part of Bob's Old Phones, a website with information on the history of telephones.
Edison's Electric Pen
A good history of Edison's electric pen.
Thomas Edison's Concrete Houses from Invention & Technology Magazine
A good article about Edison's concrete houses.
Thomas Edison's House
A History Detectives epsisode about an Edison concrete house.
Edison's Concrete Piano
A fascinating account of a modern experiment on Edison's idea for a concrete piano.
Some Information on the Edison Company's two year run in the Radio Business
Ben Tongue provides documents related to the Edsion radio business, which operated during the years 1929 and 1930 following the acquisition of the Splitdorf Radio Company.
Inventions HQ: Everything Inventions, from 18th Century Inventions to Zipper Invention
This site provides an extensive listing of websites on invention, including many about individual inventors and inventions. Most of the links cover the period from the 18th century to the present, but some on ancient inventions can also be found.
Alexander Graham Bell's Path to the Telephone
Created by W. Bernard Carlson and Michael Gorman at the University of Virginia as a cognitive map of invention, "this site is an attempt to reconstruct, in fine-grained detail, the path taken by Alexander Graham Bell, with links to other inventors and ideas."
Java Applets on Physics
This site includes (under "Electrodynamics") several animated, interactive demonstrations of electromagnetism, including a DC motor and a generator (AC or DC).
IEEE Global History Network (GHN)
A new open-content portal developed by the IEEE History Center. With expected contributions from thousands, possibly tens of thousands of volunteers, IEEE expects the GHN to become the premier public record for preserving and interpreting the history of technological innovation.


Related Professional Associations
SHOT: Society for the History of Technology
"The Society for the History of Technology was formed in 1958 to encourage the study of the development of technology and its relations with society and culture. An interdisciplinary organization, SHOT is concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes, but also with the relations of technology to science, politics, social change, the arts and humanities, and economics."
IEEE History Center
"The mission of the IEEE History Center is to preserve, research and promote the history of information and electrical technologies. The Center maintains many useful resources for the engineer, for the historian of technology, and for anyone interested in the development of electrical and computer engineering and their role in modern society."

Association for Documentary Editing
"The Association for Documentary Editing was created in 1979 to promote documentary editing through the cooperation and exchange of ideas among the community of editors. Members of the ADE are working on editions in history, literature, philosophy, the arts, and the sciences."
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