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The Invention Factory--Supplementary Resources

The Invention Factory: Thomas Edison's Laboratories covers only part of the life of America's greatest inventors. Below are materials for further exploration of the subjects this lesson considers.

Edison Resources
Edison National Historic Site
This unit of the National Park Service consists of Edison's research and development laboratory and his home, Glenmont. The park's web pages detail his history; its offerings include photographs, his 1,093 patents, and materials for teachers.

Library of Congress
The American Memory collection offers a wide variety of resources about Edison, including some of the earliest films his company produced. Start with the search engine, being sure to choose "Match this exact phrase" before you enter the topic you want to search.

National Archives
The Archives has placed on its web site Edison's patent application for the electric bulb and a petition he signed asking that the Chicago's World Fair be allowed to remain open on Sundays. To find them, visit the NAIL Digital Copies search engine, then enter "Edison."

The Thomas A. Edison Papers
The Edison Papers are a documentary editing project from Rutgers, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Its web site contains photographs, maps, a list of Edison's companies, and reference materials about his records.

AITLC Guide to Thomas Alva Edison
The ACCESS INDIANA Teaching & Learning Center has collected links for learning more about Edison's life through readings, through historic sites, and through other educational materials.

Adventures in CyberSound
Russell Naughton's on-line Ph.D. dissertation on the history of radio provides many resources about Edison. Among the most striking are excellent photographs of his inventions and audio clips of Edison reading "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and explaining the importance of the "Machine Era."

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