*Latimer recorded his recollections in an old logbook that was printed for the year 1911. He was in fact writing after 1911, about events that had occurred many years before. All of the autobiographical quotations presented in this exhibition are taken from this logbook. With the exception of minor changes made for clarity and ease of reading, Latimer's original text has been preserved. It is interesting to note that in some entries, he narrated his experiences in the third person, taking the role of an objective observer regarding his own life.
**Edison and Latimer were nearly the same age: Edison was born February 11, 1847, and Latimer, September 4, 1848.