The Theodore Edison Collection
Thomas Edison NHP archivists will host an open house with historic photos and documents that were donated to the National Park Service by Thomas Edison’s youngest son, Theodore. The recently cataloged collection of photos and documents, present a glimpse of West Orange rarely seen. West Orange Town Historian Joe Fagan will join them to chat with visitors.
Theodore M. Edison was the son of the world’s most prolific inventor, he was himself an inventor as well as a philanthropist and an early champion of conservation. Following his father’s death in 1931, he assumed direction of the research laboratories of Thomas A. Edison Incorporated. The archival collection resulting from Theodore Edison’s work includes more than 400 linear feet of correspondence, lab notes, minutes of meetings, contract files, photographs, blueprints, magazines and a variety of printed materials. Included are documents reflecting his research work for his father in the 1920s, as well as his own research facilities, Calibron Industries; his collection of historical documents and artifacts relating to Thomas Edison’s career and the products of the Edison Company during the decades after his father’s death; and his relations with the National Park Service as it took over administration of the laboratory museum during and after the 1950s.