Theodore Edison Collection Returns to Park
February 04, 2014
Over 500 boxes of archival material originally belonging to Theodore Edison and donated to the Park in the 1990s have been organized by History Associates (HA), a Rockville, Maryland, company that processes archival collections. HA staffers picked up the material in March 2011 and returned it in September 2013. The documents include business records of Thomas A. Edison, Inc., records of Calibron Products, Theodore's own business that employed many former TAE engineers after the laboratory wound down operations in the 1930s, material covering Theodore's interest in the preservation of Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine, and correspondence touching on his many charitable and political interests. The collection is not open for research yet, but should become so in the coming year!
This news was recently shared in The Lab Notebook, an online newsletter put out quarterly by the park. Check out the latest edition, as well as past editions, here!
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Did You Know?
Clarence Madison Dally an employee of Thomas Edison at his West Orange research labs volunteered to work on the newly discovered x-rays. Using a fluoroscope, made of a fluoride gas filled light and two pieces of cardboard to focus the x-rays, Dally would expose himself to high concentrations of radiation eventually leading to radiation poisoning. After Dally’s death when Edison was asked about x-rays he would respond with “Don’t ask me about x-rays. I am afraid of them.”