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Thomas Alva Edison profoundly influenced modern life through such inventions as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention. During his lifetime, he acquired a record 1,093 patents; most of these inventions, however, were not completely original but, rather, improvements of earlier patents and works of his numerous employees. Edison also founded the journal Science, which in 1900 became the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both original and photocopies, of Edison. Correspondents include Pierre F. Cook, John G. Hibben, N. H. Holland, Robert Mountsier, and Gaston Tissandier. There is also an undated photograph of his laboratory.
Arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Edison's correspondence with N. H. Holland (and related material) was a gift of William Morris. Various AM.
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Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 7, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.
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