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Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Research Center, Dearborn, Mich.: Edison Papers and Related Items -- Series III: Documents -- Unbound Items
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These items cover the years 1856-1924 and consist of a variety of document types. Documents pertaining to the early part of Edison's life include an 1862 membership certificate for the library of the Detroit Young Men's Society; agreements with James N. Ashley, Joel H. Hills, William E. Plummer, and Samuel W. Ropes, Jr., for the use of his telegraph patents; and a cost estimate by Edison for the construction of a telegraph line.

The documents from the 1880s relate primarily to the development of local Edison illuminating companies. Included is an 1882 drawing of the Pearl Street central station in New York City. Also included are annotated legal agreements pertaining to Wilson S. Howell's establishment in 1885 of a local illuminating company in New Brunswick, New Jersey; financial reports for 1886 from twenty-two illuminating companies in nine states; an 1887 list of central station illuminating companies; and an 1888 estimate, prepared by George H. Moseman, for an electric lighting system. In addition, there are minutes from an 1889 meeting of the Standardizing Bureau of the Edison Electric Light Co. discussing Howell's experience in grounding the neutral wire in his New Brunswick station.

Documents relating to Edison's later career include a 1911 letter to the Anderson Electric Car Co. and a 1914 report by A.W. Almquist on testing an electric lighting system for use in Ford cars. Also included are letters from 1918-1924 exchanged between Stephen B. Mambert, financial executive of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., and Ernest G. Liebold, secretary to Henry Ford. They refer to money lent by Ford to Edison and to the overall financial health of the Edison companies. Consolidated balance sheets and other financial data appear as attachments to these letters. (Similar balance sheets can be found in Series I: Thomas A. Edison-Henry Ford Office Correspondence (1921-1923).)

In addition, there are several deeds involving Edison and his father, Samuel Edison, that relate to property owned in Michigan; a circular from 1921advertising the Edison Electric Safety Mine Lamp; and an undated plan of a workshop, which may represent Edison's laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida, during the later 1920s.

Courtesy of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Research Center.

Document Count: 79
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04/02/1856 Whitman, John C to Edison, Samuel Ogden, (Father) -- Deeds, Leases, and Titles
Property
09/15/1862 Detroit Young Mens Society to Edison, Thomas Alva -- Honorary Certificates
Awards & honors/clubs & societies
Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Telegraph
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph [Cover Document and Attachment]
02/01/1869 Ropes, Samuel W, Jr -- Reports and Statements
(Western Union; Edison, Thomas Alva) Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph [Attachment/Enclosure]
02/06/1869 Edison, Thomas Alva -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph [Attachment/Enclosure]
02/13/1869 Edison, Thomas Alva -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph [Attachment/Enclosure]
06/05/1869 Teschemacher and Stearns to Hills, Joel H -- Bills and Receipts
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph
1869 Edison, Thomas Alva -- Cost Estimates
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Telegraph
03/00/1870 Hills, Joel H, Ashley, James Nye and Plummer, William E -- Agreements and Contracts
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Telegraph
11/16/1874 Edison, Thomas Alva to Edison, Samuel Ogden, (Father) -- Deeds, Leases, and Titles
03/15/1882 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (New York), Hornig, Julius L and Byllesby, Henry Marison -- Maps, Plans, and Architectural Drawings
Central stations
(Edison Electric Illuminating Co (New York)) Construction; Central stations
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Central stations
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Appleton) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Ashland) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Bellefonte) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Brockton) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Chester Electric Light and Power Co -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Cumberland) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Des Moines Edison Light Co -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Hazleton) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Jackson) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Johnstown) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Laramie) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Lawrence) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 McKeesport Light Co -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Middletown) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Newburgh) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Shamokin) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Tamaqua) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (Tiffin) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
1886 Edison Electric Illuminating Co (York) -- Reports and Statements
Financial operations (companies and organizations); Central stations
04/00/1887 Edison Electric Light Co -- Lists and Inventories
08/04/1887 Dick (A.B.) Co, Gilliland, Robert and Edison, Thomas Alva -- Agreements and Contracts
Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Electric pen and mimeograph
09/20/1887 Dick (A.B.) Co, Gilliland, Robert and Edison, Thomas Alva -- Agreements and Contracts
Patent assignments, licenses, and royalties; Electric pen and mimeograph
Central stations
06/25/1889 Edison Electric Light Co -- Minutes
(Bailey, Edwin Warren M; Healey, Warren Mansfield) Sales and service; Electric battery
09/00/1914 Almquist, Amandis William (Billy) -- Reports and Statements
(Edison Phonograph Works; Ford, Henry; Bee, William George; Mudd, Arthur; Edison, Thomas Alva; Gray and Davis Co) Testing and quality control; Automobiles and trucks; Electric light and power [Marginalia by Edison, Thomas Alva]
(Ford, Henry; Edison, Thomas Alva) Finances (TAE and family); Loans
Finances (TAE and family); Loans
Finances (TAE and family); Loans [Cover Document and Attachment]
Finances (TAE and family); Loans
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Finances (TAE and family); Loans
Finances (TAE and family); Loans
(Ford, Henry) Finances (TAE and family); Loans
(Edison, Thomas Alva) Finances (TAE and family); Loans
(Ford, Henry; Edison, Thomas Alva) Finances (TAE and family); Loans
(Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
05/11/1921 Edison (Thomas A.) Inc -- Reports and Statements
(Edison Phonograph Works; Edison Storage Battery Co; Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Canadian Edison Phonographs Ltd) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
06/30/1921 Mambert, Stephen Babcock -- Circulars and Brochures
Financial operations (companies and organizations)
(Edison Phonograph Works; Edison Portland Cement Co; Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Canadian Edison Phonographs Ltd) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
08/08/1921 Edison Phonograph Works and Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Co -- Reports and Statements
(Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
10/24/1921 Edison (Thomas A.) Inc -- Reports and Statements
(Edison Phonograph Works; Edison Portland Cement Co; Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Canadian Edison Phonographs Ltd) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
1921 Edison Storage Battery Co and Mine Safety Appliances Co -- Circulars and Brochures
(Mancha Storage Battery Locomotive Co; Locust Hill Coal Co) Electric battery; Electric light and power; Ore exploration and mining
Accidents, fires, explosions; Ore exploration and mining [Document Within a Document]
Management (companies and organizations)
(Edison Phonograph Works; Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
(Edison Portland Cement Co; Edison Storage Battery Co; Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Canadian Edison Phonographs Ltd) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
(Edison (Thomas A.) Inc; Mambert, Stephen Babcock) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
08/01/1923 Edison (Thomas A.) Inc -- Reports and Statements
(Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
10/30/1923 Edison (Thomas A.) Inc -- Reports and Statements
(Edison (Thomas A.) Inc) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Cover Document and Attachment]
01/14/1924 Edison (Thomas A.) Inc -- Reports and Statements
(Edison Portland Cement Co; Edison Storage Battery Co; Lybrand Ross Bros and Montgomery; Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Co) Financial operations (companies and organizations) [Attachment/Enclosure]
Finances (TAE and family); Loans
11/27/1926 Menlo Park Laboratory -- Technical Notes and Drawings
Menlo Park reminiscences (1876-1881); Property